Annual Meeting

2017 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound

April 26-28, 2017
Bell Harbor Conference Center
Seattle, WA

Online registration is now closed.  If you would like to attend the meeting, please register on-site.

Meeting Brochure
Conference Agenda (PDF)
Featured Speakers
CME Information
Special Activities
Hands On Workshops
(Wed, April 26)
Poster Presentation

Hotel Information
Exhibitor Information
Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors


Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 26, 2017– Hands-On Workshops

0900 – 1130: Ultrasound Vascular Access – Aaron Cronin, PA-C;  Michael Perrault, MD; Matt Nilan, MD; & Adeyinka Adedipe, MD

0900 – 1130:High Risk Cadaver Lab – Sponsored by Teleflex – Sold Out!

1130 – 1300: Lunch (on your own)

1300 – 1530: US Guided Nerve Block – Aaron Cronin, PA-C;  Michael Perrault, MD; Matt Nilan, MD; & Adeyinka Adedipe, MD

1300 – 1530: High Risk Cadaver Lab – Sponsored by Teleflex –Sold Out!

1730 – 2000: WA/ACEP Board Meeting

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Bell Harbor International Conference Center

0700 – 0750: Registration/Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

0750 – 0800: Welcome & Introduction – Bay Auditorium

0800 – 0845: Respiratory Failure Made Ridiculously Simple – Haney Mallemat, MD

0845 – 0930: ECMO Update – Eileen Bulger, MD; and Dr. Muhammad Nuri, MD

0930 – 1000: Intubating the Hypotensive Acidotic Patient – Haney Mallemat, MD

1000 – 1030: Break / Exhibits / Poster Display

1030 – 1115: Generations at Work – Tracy Sanson, MD

1115 – 1200: An Overview of Violence in the Medical Setting – Tracy Sanson, MD

1200 – 1315: Lunch – Sponsored by Collective Medical Technologies

1315 – 1515: WA-ENA Track: Behavioral Health Issues

1315 – 1400: Pediatric EM and Critical Care Literature Update – Tim Horeczko, MD

1400- 1445: Pediatric Seizures  – Eileen Klein, MD, MPH

1445 – 1515: Big Labs, Little People – Tim Horeczko, MD

1515- 1545: Break / Exhibits / Poster Display

1545 – 1615: Infections in the Returning Traveler – Hans House, MD

1615 – 1645: ACEP Update – Christopher Kang, MD (non-CME)

1645 – 1715: Athens Medical Mystery – Hans House, MD

1715 – 1800: Welcome Reception – Sponsored by Collective Medical Technologies

1800 – 1915: Residents’ Event

Friday, April 28, 2017- Bell Harbor International Conference Center

0700 – 0800: Registration/Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

0800 – 0845: Orthopedics Tips of the Trade – Lisa Taitsman, MD

0845 – 0930: REBOA/How Trauma Management Changed over the Years – Shahram Aarabi, MD

0930 – 1000: Legislative Update – Cameron Buck, MD and Liam Yore, MD

1000- 1030: Break / Exhibits / Poster Display

1030 – 1100: Human Trafficking Awareness – Celia Chessin-Yudin, Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) Program Coordinator

1100 – 1130: ED Specific Strategies to Combat Human Trafficking – John Matheson, MD

1130 – 1145: Panel Discussion

1145 – 1300: Lunch – Harbor Dining Room  – *Best Practices for Diagnosing and Managing Hyperkalemia: Integrating Evidence-Based Treatment Options and Coordinating Care for Improved Outcomes  Stephen Anderson, MD 

1300 – 1330: Toxicology Panel: Mystery Cases – Betty Chen, MD; Melissa Halliday Gittinger, DO; and Susan Mazor, MD

1330 – 1400: Toxicology Panel: What’s New on the Street – Betty Chen, MD; Melissa Halliday Gittinger, DO; and Susan Mazor, MD

1400 – 1415: Coffee Break

1415 – 1530: Journal Club: Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction – Justin Bacon, DO and Sabiha Barot, MD

1530 – 1615: Tales from the Pit – John Matheson, MD (moderator)

1615: Adjourn

*The hyperkalemia talk is made possible through a grant by ZS Pharma. Participants will receive a separate CME certificate for this session.

Featured Speakers

Tim Horeczko, MD, MSCR, FACEP, FAAP
Dr. Horeczko is an emergency physician with subspecialty certification in pediatric emergency medicine with NIH training in clinical research.  He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tim enjoys teaching and supervising his medical students, residents, and fellows while caring for the underserved at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he works as a core faculty member.  You can join Tim every month as your host and coach at the Pediatric Emergency Playbook, an educational podcast and website at  Twitter: @EMtogether

Hans House, MD, FACEP
Dr. House is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians.   He attended medical school at USC, and completed a combined Emergency Medicine / Internal Medicine residency at UCLA.   He also attended the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has lectured and written extensively on travel-related and emerging infectious diseases.  He is currently the Vice-Chair for Education at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with his wife, daughter, and two wonderful dogs.

Haney Mallemat, MD, FAAEM
Dr. Mallemat is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine and works in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit at Cooper University of Cooper in Camden, New Jersey. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and has contributed to several Emergency Medicine and Critical Care podcasts. He is a firm believer in the benefits of bedside ultrasound for better patient care. He also uses ultrasound to help educate medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and mid-level providers. He was awarded the Department of Emergency Medicine “Outstanding Teaching Award” in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.


Tracy Sanson, MD, FACEP
Dr. Sanson is an Emergency Physician with more than 20 years of experience in emergency medicine education, emergency department management, and leadership.   She is a consultant and educator on Leadership development and Medical education and Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock.

Dr. Sanson has served in several and varied leadership positions with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the Council of Residency Directors (CORD), and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  She is the immediate past chair of the College’s Education Meetings Committee and is a member of the ACEP Speaker’s Bureau and the 911 network.  She has been a member of the ACEP faculty for many years, including the ACEP Teaching Fellowship and the Emergency Department Directors Academy. Dr. Sanson received the National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award in 2006.

Dr. Sanson completed her medical degree and residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has held director positions in the US Air Force, the University of South Florida and TeamHealth in the past 20 years.  She has served on TeamHealth’s Medical Advisory Board, Patient Safety office Division, and as faculty in their leadership courses.  Dr. Sanson heads her own consulting firm, specializing in emergency department team and satisfaction assessments, leadership training, personal development/coaching, and branding. She has consulted and lectured nationally and internationally on administrative and management issues, leadership, professionalism, communications, patient safety, brand development, personal development, female leadership development, and emergency medical clinical topics for a wide range of health care organizations.

CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Washington Chapter ACEP. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 17.75 hours of ACEP Category I credit

Special Activities

WA-ACEP Board of Directors Meeting

All WA-ACEP members are invited to the Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30 pm at the Bell Harbor Conference Center. Please RSVP to

Welcome Reception

Wrap up your Thursday by enjoying a beverage while you visit various exhibit booths. This is your opportunity to network with company representatives and other meeting participants.

Tales from the Pit

Physicians, PAs, RNs and EMTs are invited to bring their entertaining and educational cases to the session and provide a brief presentation. The audience will vote and cash prize will be awarded for the following categories:  Craziest Case, Most Heartwarming, Saved by my Nurse, as well as others.  All participants will be awarded a “Tales from the Pit” t-shirt. Interested? Submit a brief description of your case to by March 24, 2017. Submissions should follow HIPAA guidelines. Cases chosen for presentation during the April 28 session will be notified by April 7, 2017.


Journal Club

Each year, Summit to Sound attendees tackle controversial subjects during our interactive Journal Club session. This year, EM residents will present Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction. Registrants will receive electronic links to the articles prior to the discussion.



The workshops below are optional activities requiring an additional registration fee.

High Risk Cadaver Lab

Two sessions offered: 9-11:30 am and 1-3:30 pm – Sold Out

Sponsored by Teleflex, this lab gives WA-ACEP members an opportu­nity to learn and practice important emergency procedures in a safe, controlled environment. The lab utilizes fresh, unembalmed cadavers, which closely simulate the anatomy and feel of an actual patient. Space is limited to 30 participates per lab so sign up early. Register for the entire Summit to Sound and save $25 on the Cadaver Lab!

Ultrasound Vascular Access Workshop

9-11:30 AM
This hands-on workshop is designed for practitioners who are responsible for vascular access. Learn how to utilize bedside ultrasonography to obtain both peripheral and central venous access and therefore improve your success rates and patient care. Live models and medical simulation phantoms are utilized to practice hands-on skills.  Upon completion, participants will receive an attestation form for training examinations.

Ultrasound Guided Nerve Block

1-3:30 PM

The session will cover commonly used upper and lower extremity nerve blocks to increase diagnostic skills and scanning proficiency. The course incorporates extensive hands-on scanning on live models and simulation phantoms. Upon completion, participants will receive an attestation form for training examinations.


Calling for Posters

Washington ENA and Washington Chapter ACEP are calling for posters to be presented at their Scientific Assembly to be held this spring. Design a poster that highlights an interesting study or unique solutions to problems faced in emergency medicine today. Posters will be on display throughout the conference, along with the opportunity to discuss ideas with other colleagues. Submit an electronic copy of your abstract by March 3, 2017 to Jason Heiner at for it to be considered for display at the conference and to have it included in the conference syllabus.  See poster rules for more information.

2017 Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Prospectus
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Agreement

Lodging Accommodations

The conference room block at The Edgewater for the 2017 Summit to Sound has sold out. Rooms are available at the regular rate.

The Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 | Seattle, WA 98121

Room are also available at the Marriott Waterfront Seattle (across the street from the conference venue).

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:










Thank you to our 2016 Exhibitors:


Arrow Vascular/ EZ IO


BK Ultrasound

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristrol-Myers Squibb Company

Centurion Medical Products

Chiesi USA

Clarius Mobile Health

Emergency Groups’ Office





Magnolia Medical Technologies

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals



Mindray North America

Physicians Insurance

Physio-Control Inc.


Schumacher Clinical Partners

Smith & Nephew, Inc.


Staff Care


Teva Respiratory

The Medicines Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific

US Navy Recruiting District Seattle

Wakefield and Associates