2024 Conference

May 29 & 30, 2024


Hawaiian: "Do Meaningful Work"

Leows Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego

Pre-Conferences held concurrently Tuesday, May 28th

  • EMS Investigations from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Applied CQI from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The EMS Administrators’ Association of California (EMSAAC) cordially invites California’s EMS leaders and professionals to join us for the EMSAAC Annual Conference. Learn from and collaborate with peers on a broad variety of subject matter relevant to all levels of prehospital care personnel and EMS managers including ambulance providers, fire agencies, military, law enforcement, EMS agencies, ED nurses, physicians, emergency preparedness coordinators, and all who provide lifesaving emergency medical services to our communities.

Speakers and highlights coming soon!

Keynote Speakers


Doug Wolfberg, EMS Attorney

Doug Wolfberg is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth (PWW), and one of the best-known EMS attorneys and consultants in the United States. Widely regarded as the nation’s leading EMS law firm, PWW represents private, public and non-profit EMS organizations, as well as billing companies, software manufacturers and others that serve the nation’s ambulance industry. Doug became an EMT at age 16, and worked as an EMS provider in numerous volunteer and paid systems over the decades and also served as an EMS educator and instructor for many years.

Doug has spoken at EMSAAC Conferences in the past with rave reviews and is a known as an engaging and humorous public speaker at conferences throughout the United States. He is also a prolific author, having written books, articles and columns in many of the industry’s leading publications, and has been interviewed by national media outlets including NPR and the Wall Street Journal on EMS issues. Doug is a Certified Ambulance Coder (CAC) and a founder of the National Academy of Ambulance Coding (NAAC). Doug also served as a Commissioner of the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).


Ashish R. Panchel, MD, PhD

Ashish R. Panchal, MD, PhD is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Panchal is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services and is heavily involved in prehospital care as an EMS Medical Director and the Research and Fellowship Director for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He serves as EMS Medical Director for Delaware County EMS and the Delaware County Dispatch Center as well as Associate Medical Director for the Worthington Fire Department. Dr. Panchel is passionate about improving patient outcomes in the prehospital setting. His research focus areas include cardiac resuscitation, prehospital workforce and wellness.


Tiffany Abramson, MD
Assistant Professor, EMS & Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Director, Long Beach FD
Long Beach, California

Elizabeth Basnett
EMS Authority
Assistant Secretary, Cal HHS
Sacramento, California

Dustin Ballard, MD
Medical Director
Marin County EMS Agency
San Rafael, California

Nichole Bosson, MD, MPH, FAEMS
Medical Director
LA EMS Agency
Director, EMS Fellowship
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Santa Fe Springs, California

Mara C. Bryant, MBA
Operations Executive
Adventist Health White Memorial
Montebello, California

Michael Cabano
Assistant Director
Santa Clara County EMS Agency
MHOAC, Region 2
Fruitdale, California

Erick H. Cheung, MD, DFAPA
Chief Medical Officer
UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Los Angeles County EMS Commissioner
Los Angeles, California

Catherine R. Counts, PhD, MHA
Acting Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Washington
Research & QI Manager
Seattle, Washington

Nick Clay, EMSAAC President
EMS Director
Santa Barbara County EMS Agency
Santa Barbara, California

Aaron Doyle
Prehospital Care Coordinator
Contra Costa EMS Agency
Martinez, California

Jeff Fariss
EMS Director
Kern County EMS Agency
Bakersfield, California

Donna Hankins
Director of Billing Office
American Ambulance
Chair, CAA Payer Issues Committee
Fresno, California

Benjamin Keizer, EMT-P
Prehospital Care Coordinator
Contra Costa EMS Agency
Martinez, California

Paula Lafarge, RN, MSN, MICN
Education Program Director
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Los Angeles, California

Kevin Mackey, MD, FAEMS
Medical Director
Sacramento Fire Department
Sacramento Airport Fire Department
Associate EMS Fellowship Director, UCD
Sacramento, California

Kris Mangano
EMS Coordinator
San Benito County EMS Agency
Hollister, California

Los Angeles City Fire Department
Los Angeles, California

Isabel Sanchez
Disaster Services Specialist
Los Angeles County EMS Agency
Santa Fe Springs, California

Stephen G. Sanko, MD, FAEMS, FACEP
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Los Angeles General Medical Center
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, California

Karl Sporer, MD
Medical Director
Napa County EMS Agency
San Leandro, California

Jill Sproul, MS, RN
Burn Care Nurse &
Former Burn Center Manager
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Santa Jose, California

Mike Taigman, MA, FAEMS
Assistant Professor, UCSF
Improvement Guide, First Watch
San Leandro, California

Jake Toy, DO, MS
EMS Fellow
Los Angeles County EMS Agency
Los Angeles, California

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