Meet the pedROCCS 2020 Speakers

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Dr. Irvin Smith, MD is the Medical Director for PHI-6 in Greenville, Ky and for PHI Patient Navigation Services in Phoenix, Arizona.  A retired Anesthesiologist, having practiced for 35 years in Paducah, Ky.,  Dr. Smith is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and also Board Certified in the subspecialty of EMS Medical Direction by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  

Dr. Smith began his career in emergency services with the Lone Oak Fire Department in 1985 where he continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. His EMS activity also began in late 1985 serving as Medical Director for Angel of Mercy Ambulance Service, now Mercy Regional EMS,  until his retirement in December of 2018. Dr. Smith was appointed as one of the original physician members of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services in 2004 and has served on the KBEMS Medical Standards Committee. Dr. Smith is a frequent lecturer at local, state, and regional EMS conferences. 

Through his work with Mercy Regional Dr. Smith provided medical direction and support for Purchase Area Haz-Mat I, fire department first responder programs throughout Paducah/McCracken County, tactical medical support for the Paducah Police Department SWAT / EOD teams and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Smith served as a Special Deputy with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department from 1993 to 2018. Currently employed by HealthWorks, LLC providing occupational medical services, Dr. Smith is the designated physician for the security protective force at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Dr. Smith is supported in all his activities by his wife Connie. They have two adult daughters and four grandchildren all living in Paducah. 

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Dr. Craig Carter is an Associate Professor – Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Kentucky and Medical Director, EM Advanced Practice Providers, University of Kentucky  Assistant Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Kentucky, Medical Director, Air Medical Transport, PHI Air Medical, LLC Eastern KY Bases.

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Dr. Ragsdale graduated medical school and pediatric residency from the University of Kentucky and completed her fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Chief of Pediatric Palliative Care and Director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. She is a leader in her field through her work in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her research interests include pain management, trauma-informed care, and maximizing quality of life.  She clinically dedicates her time to caring for seriously ill children and their families at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 

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Dr. Rzasa is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at University of Kentucky HealthCare, Kentucky Children’s Hospital.  She also serves as Coordinator of Pediatric Cardiology Outreach Clinics and is a Member of the Congenital Echo Lab. Her clinical focus is general pediatric cardiology, transthoracic echocardiography, and the diagnosis and management of heart failure in the young.   Dr. Rzasa received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She completed her residency at University of California San Diego Medical Center, and her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rzasa has received numerous awards and honors, including the Morse Scholarship at U of M Medical School, and has received multiple clinical and teaching honors throughout her training.  She has been involved in extensive research in clinical pediatric cardiology, with a focus on novel imaging techniques, outcomes of congenital heart surgery and mechanical support, and quality of life.  She is dedicated to delivering excellent subspecialty care to the rural population.  Dr. Rzasa is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology

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Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine.  After completing a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Sugarman completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville and worked in Louisville at Kosair Children’s Hospital as both an ED attending and the first physician at Children First where she evaluated children who reported child sexual abuse.  After briefly working in private practice pediatrics I eastern Tennessee and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Blountville, TN, Dr. Sugarman joined the Division of Pediatrics at the University of KY.  Dr. Sugarman has worked at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass since 2006 evaluating children who have been sexually abused and serves as the Medical Director of the CAC Bluegrass.  She is board certified in both pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics and is one of two physicians in the newly formed (since 2015) Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University of KY.  The Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at UK receives consults for evaluation and management of child physical abuse from physicians at UK and from various community partners in the eastern and central part of the state. 

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Dr. Landon Jones is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at UK where he is also the medical director for the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center. He completed his residency at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY in emergency medicine followed by a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at SUNY Upstate as well.  He’s board certified in both.  He enjoys coffee and Cubs baseball. 

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Morgan Scaggs is the Project Director for the Kentucky EMS for Children Project, a federal-state partnership grant program, within the office of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. She has more than 25 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services; including work in pre-hospital EMS, the fire service, hospital emergency department, critical-care transport, injury prevention programs, and EMS education. She is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, credentialed KY EMS Educator, and has a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Clinical Leadership and Management, from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Scaggs currently serves as the Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Care Council for the National Association of State EMS Officials. 

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Originally from Oregon, Dr. Baum received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a Pharmacy Practice and an Emergency Medicine Specialty Residency at the University of Kentucky HealthCare. Dr. Baum’s current responsibilities include providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients in the Emergency Department. She is also active in precepting pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, emergency medicine residents, and interdisciplinary students while on rotation in the Emergency Department. Areas of interest include toxicology, infectious disease, resuscitation and teaching. Dr. Baum co-coordinates electives in Emergency Medicine, Clinical Toxicology and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Pharm.D curriculum and is non-physician teaching faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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Debbie Harrell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, has worked in burn care for more than 30 years. She was director of Cincinnati Shriners Hospital’s burn unit; worked in burn care research, and developed teaching tools about lighter safety, burn prevention, and burn care. Debbie is currently the Director of Professional Relations and speaks on the state, regional and national level educating all levels of HCP on burn management. When Debbie is not traveling providing burn care education, she enjoys boating and camping with her family at their home on the Ohio River.