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IFEM Foundation, a U.S. based not-for-profit organization, supports the work of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine in advancing education, collaboration, cooperation, and project development for emergency medicine, and emergency medicine systems development around the globe.

Some of the work includes: collaboration with the World Health Organization to promote global quality emergency care; development and distribution of training curricula, as well as conducting training courses and conferences; developing and promoting career resources for healthcare professionals; providing educational opportunities and financial support for practitioners in low income countries; and, maintaining unrestricted channels by which to promote quality emergency care in all regions of the world.

Board of Directors

C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP, FIFEM - President

Holliman.James.SmDr. Holliman’s professional career has been centered around the development of the new specialty of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine training programs in other countries, and since 2007 he has also conducted numerous military medicine training missions in other countries. His efforts have led to the recognition and establishment of the specialty of Emergency Medicine and training programs in over 50 countries and this has had an enormous beneficial impact on Global Health. Dr. Holliman has authored many of the original articles on the operational methodology and scientific background for international Emergency Medicine development. He co-founded each of the U.S. based academic organizations involved in promoting international Emergency Medicine development (the International Emergency Medicine Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the International Interest Group and the Global Emergency Medicine Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American Academy for Emergency Medicine in India).

Dr. Holliman has more than 200 publications, has authored or been senior editor for 10 textbooks, and currently serves on the editorial boards of over a dozen medical journals. He has presented hundreds of lectures and seminars internationally. Another aspect of his long term career work has been to encourage and help students, residents, and junior faculty to undertake international medical experiences, and he has helped hundreds of individuals obtain international clinical experience. Dr. Holliman’s International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at Penn State University trained a large number of physicians from other countries who are now leaders in the specialty of Emergency Medicine in their home countries. Some of his work has positively impacted international political relations, particularly in arranging professional interactions between physicians from countries in the Middle East and Africa. Much of Dr. Holliman’s work has been at significant personal risk, particularly in his specialty development efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. Recognition of the effectiveness of his work has been shown by the receipt of almost every existing award related to International Emergency Medicine, most recently the “International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award” from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Holliman’s current faculty appointments include: Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Global Health Program Advisor at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China. After many years of service and organization development, he also currently serves as the Past-President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, a consortium of all of the world’s national and regional Emergency Medicine organizations. Under Jim’s leadership, this complex organization is carrying out numerous programs and projects to improve Emergency Medicine throughout the world.

Gregory Luke Larkin, MD, MA, MS, MSPH, FACEP - Secretary

larkinGregory Luke Larkin, MD, MA, MS, MSPH, FACEP, is an emergency physician with a particular interest in injury prevention and control. Currently inaugural Lion Foundation Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, he has previously held positions the Yale University School of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Larkin is trained in public health and research design, and is a well published researcher and author of more than 200 papers and book chapters. While he is a productive investigator in clinical emergency medicine, bioethics, mental health and trauma, he has committed significant time and energy to the issue of interpersonal violence prevention.

Dr. Larkin has conducted and published research about interpersonal violence, and been an invited speaker on the topic to many conferences. He has participated in a number of personal educational tours to the Middle East as a member of the Middle East Domestic Violence Mitigation Project, organized by Harvard University School of Medicine. These visits included work in Wye River, with the USAID West Bank/Gaza Peace thru Health Program, and in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Larkin has also conducted trials of screening programs in emergency departments for interpersonal violence, and his research work has explored the psychosocial, substance use and PTSD characteristics of abused women who present to emergency departments for treatment. Dr. Larkin’s interpersonal violence research has been published in peer reviewed papers and books including: Intimate Partner Violence: A Health Based Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Terrence M. Mulligan DO, MPH, FIFEM, FACEP, FAAEM, FACOEP, FNVSHA - Treasurer

tmulligan-sm-photoTerrence M. Mulligan DO, MPH, FIFEM, FACEP, FAAEM, FACOEP, FNVSHA is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, an Associate Faculty at the Institute for Global Health, and the Director of the International EM Program. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, a Visiting Professor at Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital, Changsha, China, and a Visiting Professor at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata, India. He has a Masters in Public Health and work towards a Masters in Health Policy, Economics and Law, and has completed subspecialty Fellowships in International Emergency Medicine, in Health Policy and in EM Administration and Management.

He is a Board member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), as well as the  International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM).  He is also a co-founder and past Board member of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), and a Board member for the American Academy of EM for India (AAEMI). He is the Chair of the AAEM Committee for International Medicine, the past-chair of the ACEP Section for International EM, and the co-founder and Board Member of the International EM Fellowship Consortium.

He is an Associate Editor and co-founder of the peer-reviewed journal, The African Journal of Emergency Medicine, and is an executive editor of Emergency Physicians International magazine. Dr. Mulligan has initiated and participated in EM and acute care systems development programs in over forty countries. He has delivered over 400 lectures, symposia and educational programs internationally for over twenty local, national and international EM organizations. Dr. Mulligan is the winner of multiple awards in EM education and International EM, including “The Order of the IFEM”, “Best Contribution to International EM” from ACEP, the “Leadership in International Emergency Medicine Award” from AAEM, and was nominated for the “Best Personal Contribution to Dutch EM” from the Dutch Society of Emergency Physicians.

Anthony Cross, MBBS, FACEM

cross-smAnthony Cross is an Australian dual-qualified Emergency Physician and Intensivist.  He is Treasurer of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Cross is committed to the continual development of Emergency Medicine in both developed and developing countries for the benefit of emergency patients.  The IFEM Foundation is an important means to support the advancement of Emergency Care around the world.

Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP

Dr. Gregory HenryIn addition to his duties as Medical Practice Risk Assessment, Inc. founder and CEO, Dr. Henry directed a hospital emergency department for 21 years and is on staff at several area hospital emergency departments, including the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Henry is past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He has served as chairman of the Long Range Policy Committee and has edited the ACEP’s principal textbook on medical/legal issues, Emergency Medicine Risk Management: A Comprehensive Review. He has been the recipient of ACEP’s highest recognition awards for his numerous contributions to the college and the field of emergency medicine.

His expertise in the field of risk management is beyond comparison, with having reviewed over 2,000 malpractice cases over the last 30 years, he has served as a risk management consultant for numerous physician groups and hospitals throughout the United States, and he is the president and CEO of an emergency physician malpractice insurance company.

Robert William Schafermeyer, MD

schafermeyerDr. Robert Schafermeyer has served 2 terms as Secretary and board member for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine and was awarded Fellowship status. He is past chair of the Research Committee and  has lectured internationally since 1990. Dr. Schafermeyer is a Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was honored with the John G. Wiegenstein leadership award. He served on the Emergency Medicine Foundation and is a past chair.

Within the Carolinas HealthCare System he is a professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Schafermeyer was one of the original sub-board members for the development of the subspecialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Schafermeyer is a senior editor for the Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is one of the editors in chief for PEMSoft.