emergency

The Guide: Anita Bangale, MD

Dr. Anita Bangale is an emergency physician serving The Woodlands and Houston communities.  She was born in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated as valedictorian from Fort Worth Country Day. She then went on to study Psychology at Rice University and medicine at Saba University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bangale moved to Washington, D.C. and completed her emergency medicine residency at George Washington University and served as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Bangale has served as a clinical instructor at George Washington University, teaching courses in emergency medicine scribing and ultrasound. She has also been a speaker for several international emergency medicine seminars and won the coveted first place in a national case presentation competition at the American College of Emergency Physicians conference. In 2021, Dr. Bangale had the honor of speaking at TEDx Breckenridge. In her talk, she showed how her curious toddler helped refocus her energy back to providing compassionate care in the setting of the pandemic, and how “de-armoring” to show up as our most unscripted human self helps us reconnect with each other and ourselves.

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The Essayist: Louis Profeta, MD

Louis M. Profeta is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis. He is clinical instructor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University and Marian University Schools of Medicine. A graduate of Indiana University and its School of Medicine, Dr. Profeta completed his post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a dynamic and sought-after public speaker and writer as well as a frequent guest on TV and radio who has gained critical acclaim for his essays on topics such as his eye-opening look at our national preparedness for influenza pandemics in What Scares Me More than Ebola.

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The Scientist: Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD

Dr. Kirsner is Chairman and the endowed Harvey Blank Professor in the Dr. Phillip Frost Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He is Chief of Dermatology at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics and Jackson Memorial Hospital and directs the University of Miami Hospital Wound Center.  Dr. Kirsner received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his medical degree from the University of Miami and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Miami, after he completed his clinical training.  His clinical training included internal medicine, a clinical and research fellowship in wound healing and dermatology at the University of Miami. 

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The Game-Changer: Russell Greenfield, MD

Russell H. Greenfield, M.D. serves as Sr. Director of Employee Whole Health for the Whole Health Institute. He is responsible for partnering with individual employers in the strategic development of Whole Health programming and
associated data analysis to capture and communicate impacts on employees and operating costs. Most recently, he was the medical director of Integrative Medicine for Novant Health, with headquarters in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, N.C.

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The Wonderer: Andrew Tisser, DO

Andrew Tisser, DO specializes in emergency medicine and is the host of the Talk2MeDoc Podcast. The podcast and Dr. Tisser’s work as a career strategist focus on the unique issues pertaining to the early-mid career physician. He works tirelessly with his clients to accelerate their goals to completion.  

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The Analyst: Saba Rizvi, MD, FAAEM

Dr. Saba Rizvi is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and did her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has been a practicing Board Certified Emergency Physician for the past 11 years, holding licenses in both Colorado and Texas. 

Dr. Rizvi has worked in a variety of practice settings, including Level 1 trauma centers to rural community hospitals in places like Delta, Colorado. She also served as an ER Medical Director for three years in Austin, Texas.

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The Writer: Natalie Newman, MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 25 years.

She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was nominated by and presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for “her compassionate care of patients within the family structure” by the dean of her medical school. After her graduation, she was accepted into the emergency medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon completing her program, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(the former Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the distinct honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum (now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg.

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The Writer: Edwin Leap, MD

Dr. Edwin Leap has practiced emergency medicine for over 25-years. He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also an award-winning columnist and blogger who has written for the Huffington Post, Politico, and Focus on the Family Magazine. He also publishes monthly columns in the Emergency Medicine News, Medpage Today, Greenville News, and the South Carolina Baptist Courier.   

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