2019 FDNY MSOC Faculty

Joseph Abbamonte

Battalion Chief Joseph Abbamonte is a 23 year veteran of the FDNY. He has been a part of FDNY’s Special Operations Command since 2010. He is currently assigned as the Marine Battalion Commander. He earned a B.A. degree from SUNY Old Westbury, and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Masters License from the United States Coast Guard.

F. Bowling

Sergeant Major retired F. Bowling is the former Senior Enlisted Medical Advisor for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, US Army Special Operations Command, and US Special Operations Command. He retired after 29 years of service and was integrally involved in the fielding of Freeze Dried Plasma to US Special Operations Forces. His many awards include two bronze stars for valor, Combat Infantryman's Badge second award, Combat Medic Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, and the President's Hundred Tab.

Jennifer Brown DVM, DACVSMR

Dr. Jennifer Brown DVM, DACVSMR is a Canine Search Specialist (Live Find and HRD) and Team Veterinarian for Florida Task Force-2 Urban Search and Rescue. She is also a FEMA US&R IST Veterinarian and FEMA instructor and evaluator.

Robert J. Brown Jr., PA, MEP

Lt. Brown has been in the FDNY since 1996 and is currently a member of the Special Operations Command. Lt. Brown, along with many others, has been researching and developing the TRTF approach since 2015. He is also the Founder of The New York Firefighter's Heart and Lung, one of the largest medical practices that treats firefighters and their families in Manhasset NY. He is a contributing editor to both firehouse magazine and WNYF.

Nathan A.M. Christopherson, MSN, MBA, RN, TCRN, CEN, EMT-P

Nathan Christopherson is the Assistant Vice President of the Northwell Health Trauma Institute. Prior to this role he has been trauma program director, emergency department nurse, and paramedic. In addition to his civilian experience, Nathan is an Army combat veteran and spent most of his military career as a combat medic and trauma nurse.

Mickey Conboy

Lt. Mickey Conboy - 34 year veteran assigned to Rescue Co. 3 in the Bronx. Previous assigned to Squad Co. 41, Ladder Co. 37, and Engine Co. 79. Adjunct instructor at the FDNY Fire Academy.

Daniel Dexeus, D.O.

Daniel Dexeus, D.O. is an emergency medicine physician and part of the ultrasound faculty at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Northwell/Hofstra.

Trevor Glass

Trevor has been involved in medical special operations since 2000 and has deployed to earthquakes in Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and New Zealand. He is an active participant of the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group and serves on its Medical Working Group, which he chaired from 2008 – 2014. Trevor holds an MSc in Emergency Medicine is currently the owner and managing director of a UK based company, DART Solutions, which specialises in providing disaster and emergency management services and solutions.

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Dr. Gupta is an emergency medicine physician and is the Chairperson of Emergency Medicine at Southside hospital.  He is a fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and has been helping to expand wilderness medicine education and experience at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York.

Rita Hanel DVM, DACVIM (Int Med), DACVECC

Dr. Rita Hanel was a faculty member in Emergency and Critical Care at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years and was the Director of Emergency Services. She is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Programs for BluePearl Veterinary Partners where she continues to help clinicians achieve the highest levels of professional and personal accomplishment.

Mark Hannaford, FRGS FRSA

Mark holds the world's first honorary associate professor in Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and the founding director of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Mark has been involved with expeditions for over 30 years and has led and organized expeditions to all of the world’s continents, including desert, marine, high altitude and polar regions. Mark is also an award winning photographer with images published in the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Rough Guides and National Geographic.

Tatiana Havryliuk, MD

Tatiana Havryliuk is an emergency medicine physician at the Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She completed her wilderness medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado and spent two seasons working with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal. Last year she finished a fellowship in emergency ultrasound and is looking to bridge the two fields together.

Michael P. Kurtz, FP-C, CFC, NREMT-P

Michael has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 42 years. Mike is currently employed by the Penn State Hershey Medical Center as the Chief Flight Paramedic of the Life Lion Critical Care Transport Team. Mike also serves as an Instructor in Emergency Medicine and other allied health programs at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Mike has been very active with the FEMA US&R system since 1996. He is the Medical Team Coordinator / Lead Paramedic for PATF-1 and has been on numerous federal and state deployments and is the current FEMA National US&R Medical Working Group Chair. He is also active on the Pennsylvania South Central Task Force Incident Management Team as a Planning Section Chief as well as an Instructor Trainer / Adviser, Subject Matter Expert for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Water Rescue Curriculum and is also a Strike Team Leader for the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team.

Pamela Lai, MD, PhD, MSc

Dr. Pamela Lai, MD, PhD, MSc is a Deputy Medical Director for the New York City Fire Department. She is the Medical Director for Research, QA/QI and is the Associate Medical Director for Special Operations. She is a Medical Team Manager for NYTF-1.

Wesley Lathen

 Wesley Lathen is a Wildland Duty Officer and Paramedic Captain with Unified Fire Authority of the Greater Salt Lake. Wes has completed 23 seasons as a Wildland Firefighter in many different operational positions. For the last 12 years he has served as a Medical Unit leader and Safety Officer on Incident Management Teams across the United States.

Anthony Macintyre, MD

Anthony Macintyre, MD is a board certified emergency physician practicing in Washington, DC.  He has served as the medical director for the Fairfax County Virginia Urban Search and Rescue Program for 24 years deploying to numerous earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorist incidents domestically and internationally.  He currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

William McIntyre

William McIntyre is a Medical Specialist with NY-TF2 and a 19 year Captain with the City of Troy Fire Department. He has been a Paramedic since 1986 working with various private ambulance services prior to his employment with the City of Troy. Besides working with NY TF2 , he is a State Fire Instructor through NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Athena Mihailos

Dr. Athena Mihailos is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at LIJMC. She is born and raised in Brooklyn and now resides in Queens with her family. Her residency and ultrasound training began in New York Methodist Hospital. She loves to teach anyone interested in ultrasound and is looking forward to help teach this course for the first time.

Marc Ó Gríofa, MD, PhD

Dr. Marc Ó Gríofa is a physician with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and is a joint trauma and tactical medicine instructor who trains physicians, medical personnel and Special Operations Forces (SOF) teams and is also a tactical physician for Las Vegas Metro SAR/SWAT team. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and spent three years at Kennedy Space Center as part of the Aerospace Medicine and Biomedical Research department. He is also a NOAA trained diving medical officer (DMO), Aquanaut, diver and principal investigator for the NASA NEEMO Mission training astronauts onboard the Aquarius Undersea Habitat.

James Phillips, MD, FACEP

Dr. James P. Phillips, MD FACEP is an Emergency Medicine specialist and the Chief of Disaster and Operational Medicine at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.


Dr Alex Rowe is World Extreme Medicine Medical Director, and clinical lead for the WEM/ University of Exeter Medical School post graduate master’s program in Extreme Medicine. He has extensive experience in providing medical cover for trips and expeditions to locations all over the globe. Alex also works as a physician advisor for United Healthcare Global, and as a pre hospital care doctor with the South West England ambulance service in the UK. He also spent over a decade working as navigator, helm and doctor on the UK maritime search and rescue lifeboats.

Stephen Rush, M.D.

Lt Col Stephen Rush, M.D. has been the Pararescue Flight Surgeon for the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the NY Air National Guard since 2008. He served as the USAF Pararescue Medical Director from 2012 through 2018. Dr. Rush has also served as a voting member on the Committee for Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and contributed to the growing experience of prolonged field care in the DOD.

Richard Serino

The Hon. Richard Serino is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Urban Risk Lab. Mr. Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 8th Deputy Administrator in October 2009 and served until 2014. He has spent 36 years at Boston EMS where he rose through the ranks to become Chief. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Trupti Shah, MD

Dr. Trupti Shah is an emergency medicine physician at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has specialty training in ultrasound and is actively involved in training residents.

Frank Simpson

Battalion Chief Francis Simpson is a 33 year veteran of the FDNY.  He has been a part of FDNY’s Special Operations Command since 2013.  He is currently assigned as the Chief of Marine Operations.  He earned a B.A. degree from John Jay College, and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Masters License from the United States Coast Guard.

E. Reed Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is a subject matter expert in the fields of operational medicine, emergency medical services, military/civilian medical interface, active shooter/active killing medical response, and operational medical response to atypical and high threat scenarios. He is the co-founder and current co-chairman of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), providing strategic vision and helping to develop a civilian system of medical care under high threat conditions. Additionally, Dr. Smith helped to develop the current civilian standard EMS/Fire response to active shooter/active killing events called Rescue Task Force.

Raymond Smith, EMT-P, CCP-P, CIC

Ray Smith is a Critical Care Paramedic with over 29 years providing prehospital emergency medical care in and around NYC. He has extensive experience developing and delivering EMS education for Fire, Police, Military and Healthcare agencies.

Eoin Walker

Eoin is the World Extreme Medicine Trauma Lead and a critical care paramedic within London. He has been a flight paramedic for 10 years with London's Air Ambulance and has provided medical support to various global expeditions and humanitarian deployments.

Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP

Stephen P. Wood is a nurse practitioner practicing emergency medicine in the Beth Israel Lahey Medical System. He is a fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School and an instructor in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. He is an active member of the NEMLEC SWAT Team as a SWAT medic. Stephen was a paramedic for over 18 years, including 9 years as a flight paramedic for Boston MedFlight. He was also the former Associate Medical Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Disaster Medicine Fellowship.