Meet Our Team
Dr. Paul E. Pepe
Global Health and Medical Advisory Lead for Phalanx Group International
Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, a life-long public health and public safety leader, is an internationally honored physician-scientist and in-the-trenches clinician who has pioneered many multi-disciplinary advances in critical care, emergency services and disaster medicine over the past 4 decades. He remains a highly prolific and globally respected innovator in the realms of resuscitation research, emergency medical services (EMS), public health crises, disaster response and event / mass gathering medicine. In addition to his longstanding role as the Emergency Medical Services & Public Safety Medical Director for Dallas County government (Dallas, TX), he also is the Medical Director/Medical Consultant for numerous public safety agencies, large entertainment tours, professional sports trainers and high-volume S.W.A.T. teams.
Most notably, he serves as the distinguished global coordinator for the jurisdictional emergency medical services physician leaders for the 50 to 60 largest in the U.S. and their counterpart metropolitan cities in the UK, European Union, Australia, New Zealand and numerous other nations. Accordingly, the members of this alliance of metropolitan EMS medical directors are responsible for the protocols, training and directives for the day-to-day trauma, cardiac and stroke resuscitation efforts for their respective cities. They are also the lead physicians for the medical aspects of 9-1-1 / 9-9-9 / 1-1-2 system responses for disasters and the public health threats that would affect over one-third of the U.S. population (in these high-risk venues) — and tens of millions of others in those other respective major cities worldwide.
Prior to his current focus on street-wise public safety and public health roles, he also spent the previous two decades as an academic and administrative Chairman for medical school-affiliated Emergency Medicine (EM) training and clinical programs at both the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) at Dallas where he served for last two decades as a tenured Professor of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Public Health and also as the designated holder of Riggs Family Chair in Emergency Medicine (EM). Dr. Pepe also provided supervising attending physician activities and direct patient care services at the extremely busy Parkland Hospital Emergency-Trauma Center for Dallas County where he simultaneously worked as the Chairman of Emergency Services for that highly respected, high-volume public hospital.
In addition to his many evolving high-profile public safety duties and health security duties, he continues appointments as a Professor of Public Health in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. He remains an award-winning prolific researcher with over 500 scientific publications, including many landmark advances in the house of medicine and on-going current publications in the realm of public health threats, mass casualty incident response and mass gathering medicine.
Beyond being recognized as a veteran on-scene medical leader in multiple U.S. disasters (e.g., Katrina aftermath and the Ebola crisis), Dr. Pepe was the co-founder of the National Disaster Life Support family of courses and he has been cited for heroism in the U.S. Congressional Record. Directly responding to dozens of multiple casualty incidents (MCIs) over the years, he was directly involved in the recent police ambush in Dallas (2016) and the Parkland (FL) Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting (2018).
Two decades ago, when receiving an award for lifetime achievements from the American College of Emergency Physicians, presented in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Pepe was already being cited as the most accomplished emergency medical services physician of our generation.
Special Advisors to Dr. Pepe
Dr. Michael T. Osterholm
Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and Longstanding Special Consultant for the National Academy of Medicine
Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, the Regents Professor and Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, also serves as the Director of the world-acclaimed Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Perhaps second in visibility only to National Institutes of Health (NIH) point person, Dr. Anthony Fauci, he has become the most sought-after and recognized COVID-19 consultant who is repeatedly interviewed on numerous occasions by almost every major news network and newspaper during the COVID crisis.
Over the past two years, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and he is the celebrated author of the 2017 eye-opener publication, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs. In that compelling publication, Dr. Osterholm not only detailed the world’s most pressing infectious disease concerns, but he also laid out a 9-point strategy for addressing those concerns — with a well-defined focus on preventing a global pandemic right at the top of the list.
A longstanding member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Foreign Relations, Dr. Osterholm was appointed years ago by Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under George W. Bush, to the newly-established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity and he was later appointed to the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics. He was also a Special Advisor to the prior HHS Secretary, Tommy G. Thompson, on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness.
Dr. Osterholm has served as a special active consultant to Dr. Pepe for the past decade and he has been of invaluable assistance in assessing global travel issues and in pre-identifying any evolving epidemics of concern and, accordingly, offering timely contingency planning for his team.
Dr. Jonathan Jui, MD, MPH
Professor, Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, and Regional Scientific Investigator, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Infectious Disease Network
Jonathan Jui, MD, MPH, a renowned Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, is also a longstanding Infectious Disease (ID) specialist and a Public Health professional with a research focus in Epidemiology.
He is the regional scientific investigator for the Emergency Infectious Disease Network sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a research alliance established to study a wide range of emergency-causing infectious diseases, now including COVID-19.
Beyond his public health and ID duties, he is a senior supervising physician at the main emergency-trauma center in Portland and he has served as the EMS (9-1-1 System) Medical Director for Portland Fire-Rescue since 1989 as well as the surrounding county since 1995. Additionally, he provides medical direction for the Oregon State Police and the U.S. Forest Service (Region 6).
Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Jui is also known globally for his expertise in out-of-hospital emergency care, tactical medicine, crowd medicine, public health emergencies and disaster medicine.
Dr. Lauren M. Maloney
Emergency Medical Services Fellow & Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering Special Research Consultant to the Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Global Alliance
Dr. Lauren Maloney, MD, NRP is the Emergency Medical Services Fellow for the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at the Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the incoming Medical Director for the University’s renowned Paramedic Training Program. Beyond her emergency department clinical responsibilities at Stony Brook, the regional Trauma Center on Long Island, Dr. Maloney is the course co-director for the University’s medical student emergency medical services training elective and also the instructor for two medical student Bio-Design electives. Concomitantly, she is the main instructor for a medical device innovation course for students in the University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Both her teaching accomplishments and research experience have already been recognized on a national level. As a most recent example, she is the latest recipient of the (2019) Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Resident Educator Award. At the same, she received the SAEM Resident and Medical Student (RAMS) Excellence in Research Award. With over 6,000 EM residents enrolled in accredited training programs, receiving just one of these prestigious awards would have been a tremendous accomplishment, but having the same person receive both national-level awards in the same year from the main academic society in emergency medicine was unprecedented.
In addition to her unique skills in both emergency medicine and biomedical engineering, she also has served for many years as a street-wise paramedic who has, in turn, become as a tremendous role model for first responders and EM practitioners alike. Accordingly, it was not a surprise that she was recently recruited to serve as a Special Research Consultant on COVID-10 for the highly-respected and influential Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Global Alliance.
Dr. James J. Augustine
Chair, National Clinical Governance Board for U.S. Acute Care Solutions and Special Consultant to the Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Global Alliance
James J Augustine, MD. a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, is also the Chair of the National Governance Board for U.S. Acute Care Solutions, a 3,000-member emergency physician network across the U.S. that cares for over 6,000,000 patients annually at more than 200 locations across 20 U.S. states. USACS teams not only oversee emergency departments, but they also provide medical oversight of hospitalist care and observation units at each respective center.
Dr. Augustine became a firefighter-EMT in 1982 and eventually rose up through ranks to become the Assistant Fire Chief for the District of Columbia Fire Department. He simultaneously served as the 9-1-1 system Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, not only for Washington, D.C., but also later for Atlanta Fire-Rescue and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (among several other high-profile agencies).
Elected for many years to sit on the Board of Directors for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), he remains a very influential physician-liaison to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) during the current COVID-19 crisis. He is also known as the “Librarian” of policies and research surveys for the Metropolitan EMS Medical Directors Global Alliance (a.k.a “the Eagles”) for whom he collates daily communications between these worldwide medical leaders and assimilates the summary messages.
Dr. Craig A. Manifold
National Medical Director, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Public Health Authority, Blanco County, Texas, and Medical Director, San Antonio Police
Dr. Craig A. Manifold, Brigadier General (BVT), a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Texas National Guard, is the Public Health Authority for Blanco County, Texas (San Antonio area) and he serves as the EMS (9-1-1 System) Medical Director for ground, helicopter, critical care and tactical response for a myriad of regional fire-based, third-service and hospital-based 9-1-1 system agencies, both in Bexar, County and the surrounding South Texas region.
He is also the Medical Director for the San Antonio Police Department’s Tactical Medicine (SWAT) Team, Customs and Border Protection, and the San Antonio AirLife air medical rescue program.
A longstanding faculty member serving and teaching in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he has nationally-recognized expertise in emergency medicine, critical care, and military deployment medicine with prior tours of service (with varying command positions and combat deployments) such as Operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
A nationally-recognized expert in disaster medicine and editor-in-chief for the major EMS textbook, Advanced Medical Life Support, Dr. Manifold has served as the EMS Committee Chair for American College of Emergency Physicians EMS Medical Directors Committee and as the State of Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee (GETAC). Most notably, Dr. Manifold is now is the nationwide Medical Director for the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT), the professional society for EMTs and Paramedics, he now plays a key role in facilitating global communications among 9-1-1 providers and their counterparts worldwide.