The NCAC Steering Committee

Tom P. Aufderheide, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine with Tenure and Associate Chair of Research Affairs,  Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Aufderheide is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher in the field of emergency cardiac care, whose scholarly achievements include numerous state-of-the-art research studies and over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including two papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, that have had a significant effect on the practice of emergency medicine, particularly prehospital identification and treatment of the ischemic patient with the use of prehospital 12-lead electrocardiography and predictive instruments. He has served as principal and co-principal investigator on many important national studies, including the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Trial, which doubled survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and will provide the objective data on which to base national healthcare policy for the next decade.


Lance Becker MD, FAHA

Chair and professor of emergency medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Before joining Northwell Health, Dr. Becker served as founder and director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and professor of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Prior to that, he was founder and director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

A national and international leader in academic emergency medicine, critical care and the science of resuscitation, Dr. Becker has research interests that are translational and extend across the basic science laboratory into animal models of resuscitation and to human therapies.


richard bradley MD, FACEP

Chief of the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Dr. Bradley is a 1990 graduate of Santa Clara University.  He completed his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994.  Before graduating from college, Dr. Bradley accumulated ten years’ experience as a firefighter, paramedic, and 9-1-1 dispatcher.  Since graduating from medical school, he has completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Stanford-Kaiser Combined Emergency Medicine Program and a Fellowship in Emergency Medical Services with the Houston Fire Department.


Clifton CallawaY MD, PHD

Professor of Emergency Medicine; Executive Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine; UPMC Professor of Emergency Medicine Research.

Dr. Callaway studies resuscitation medicine with special emphasis on brain injury after cardiac arrest. He has developed a translational research program devoted to the topic of resuscitation from sudden death. Emphasizing the continuity of care during resuscitation, he has collaborated with prehospital care providers and emergency physicians to study acute cardiac interventions, developed a platform to study intensive care interventions, and worked with partners in rehabilitation to study long-term outcomes after cardiac arrest. Work in prehospital care has led to studies about acute monitoring and regionalization of care. Work with emergency providers has stimulated interest in provider safety and wellness, particularly related to shift-work and sleep deprivation. Basic laboratory investigations support and are informed by this clinical work.


Eileen Censullo, MBA, FAARC, RRT

Director of Science for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) at the American Heart Association.

Ms. Censullo has a Master’s in Health Administration and is a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Eileen’s responsibilities include working with the National ECC Committee and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation to oversee and support ECC and CPR knowledge discovery and translation processes that lead to our AHA ECC Guidelines and Scientific statements. She is also responsible for the Scientific oversight of ECC products and programs while overseeing efforts to collaborate, coordinate, and integrate resuscitation systems of care priorities and projects to maximize the impact on mission of the American Heart Association of doubling cardiac arrest survival.


Jonathan Epstein, MEMS, NREMT-P

Senior Director for Science, Industry and Government Relations at the American Red Cross, Washington, DC

Jonathan Epstein serves as the within the Preparedness, Health and Safety Services Division. Epstein lends his extensive clinical, education and training expertise to the development of Red Cross learning and development products and materials for health care and public safety professionals.

Mr. Epstein is an emeritus member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, one of the country’s foremost independent panels on first aid, resuscitation, emergency preparedness and safety. The Council guides the Red Cross on emergency and safety treatments and practices that align with the latest evidence-based scientific and medical knowledge. Epstein served on the Council for 14 years as one of its original members. He served for 17 years at Northeast Emergency Medical Services, Inc., the Massachusetts Region III EMS Council, and 15 years as its Executive Director. The nonprofit organization is responsible for coordinating the EMS system for the 49 towns and cities northeast of the City of Boston. A nationally registered paramedic for over 25 years, Epstein received a Master’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from the Hahnemann University School of Graduate Studies.  


Mr. Epstein currently is the Chair of the Board of Directors for International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), a nonprofit dedicated to the education of managing out-of-hospital trauma patients.  The organization globally trains emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses and physicians. In addition, he continues to teach CPR, First Aid and Safety programs in a variety of community based settings. He also serves as a Domain Lead for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in the area of emergency care. He is also a member of the ILCOR First Aid Taskforce and an author of the 2005-2015 first aid guidelines.


Lana GenT, PHD

Director of Community Markets and Programs for Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) at the American Heart Association (AHA).

Dr. Lana Gent was previously ECC Director of Science at AHA. She earned her B.A. from the University of Dallas and she received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Gent researched the neurobiological effects of behavior, including drug addiction and eating behavior at UT Southwestern Medical Center before leaving academia to work at the American Heart Association. In her time at AHA she has spearheaded the publication of the 2010 ILCOR Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendation, the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, the 2015 ILCOR Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations, and the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. Dr. Gent is now focusing her efforts on widespread implementation of community CPR and AED training programs across the U.S.  


Robert Merritt, MA

Branch Chief , Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.

Robert Merritt’s research career has spanned nearly 30 years with the Smithsonian Institution, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He has authored nearly 80 scientific publications and book chapters on a variety of health-related topics and was a contributing author for several Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use. As a supervisory health scientist, he serves as Chief of the Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch in the Division for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), CDC.