ECC Committee

Subcommittees and Emphasis Group

Message from the Chair

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee (ECC) is responsible for directing and setting standards for care and resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest. Our goal is a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest. Through its three subcommittees and one emphasis group, the ECC Committee reviews the science of cardiac arrest care, produces the AHA Guidelines for Emergency Cardiovascular Care and Resuscitation, and supports the development of the training programs used throughout the United States for both healthcare professionals and lay rescuers. The Guidelines are accepted world-wide and are respected as the preeminent source for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and life-saving training. The Science Subcommittee is primarily responsible for reviewing the new science of resuscitation in concert with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. The Subcommittee supports the writing groups to provide the latest updates on Basic and Advanced life support for neonates, pediatric and adults, Identification of research priorities and advocacy for funding to support this research promote the development of new knowledge to achieve our goals. The Systems of Care Subcommittee develops and evaluates quality improvement projects to assist committees, emergency medical services and hospitals to enhance resuscitation care through a systems approach. The Education Science and Programs Subcommittee disseminates and evaluates the training programs for both in and out-of-hospital resuscitation. ESP uses the latest in adult learning research and tools to ensure knowledge acquisition and retention. The Pediatric Emphasis Group (PEG), composed of pediatric representatives from the three Subcommittees supports and directs the unique aspects of pediatric resuscitation for the Guidelines and statements related to pediatric emergency cardiovascular care.

The ECC fully supports the AHA in its goal to be a relentless force to improve longer and healthier lives thru a reeducation in mortality and disability related to cardiac arrest.

Dr. Dianne Atkins, MD
Chair, ECC Committee

ECC Committee Members

  • Dianne Atkins, MD Chair
  • Raina M. Merchant, MD Past-Chair
  • Brian K. Walsh, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS
  • Georg Schmolzer, MD, PhD
  • Grace Firestone, MD
  • Jessica Fowler, MD, MPH
  • Maya Dewan, MD, MPH
  • Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MBBS, MPH
  • Tia Tortoriello Raymond, MD, FAAP, FAHA
  • Gustavo E. Flores, MD, NRP

  • Emily Diederich, MD, MS
  • Ashish R. Panchal, MD, PhD
  • Marina Del Rios, MD, MS
  • Steven Brooks, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
  • Jeanette K. Previdi, MPH, BSN, RN
  • Jose G. Cabanas, MD, MPH
  • Michael Christopher Kurz, MD, MS, FACEP, FAHA
  • Ryan W. Morgan, MD, MTR
  • Janice Tijssen, MD, MSc, FRCPC
  • Mary McBride, MD, MEd

ECC Liaisons

  • Allan de Caen, MD
  • Angus Jameson, MD, MPH
  • Beena Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH
  • Ben Abella, MD MPhil
  • Bobbi Leeper, MN, APRN, CNS M-S, CV-BC, CCRN, FAHA
  • Carl Hinkson, MSc, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, FAARC
  • Farhan Bhanji, MD, MSc (Ed), FRCPC, FAHA
  • Fumito Ichinose, MD, PhD, FAHA
  • George Sopko, MD, MPH
  • James Jollis, MD
  • Janice Zimmerman, MD

  • Jeremy Brown, DO
  • Mary McBride, MD, MEd
  • Pavitra Kotini-Shah, MD
  • Peter Panagos, MD, FAHA, FACEP
  • Robert Neumar, MD, PhD
  • Scott Silvers, MD
  • Susan Fuchs, MD, FAAP, FACEP
  • Tia Raymond, MD, FAAP, FAHA
  • Venu Menon, MD
  • Vishal Kapadia, MD
  • Vivek Moitra, MD, MHA, FCCM

Subcommittee Members

Science Subcommittee
  • Ashish Panchal, MD, PhD Chair
  • Marina Del Rios, MD, MS Vice-Chair
  • Steven Brooks, MD MHSc FRCPC Past-Chair
  • Ahamed Idris, MD
  • Cameron Dezfulian, MD
  • Cindy H. Hsu, MD, PhD
  • Devita T. Stallings, PhD, RN
  • Jane Wigginton, MD, MSCS
  • Janice Tijssen, MD MSc FRCPC
  • Jason Bartos, MD, PhD
  • Javier Lasa, MD
  • Karen G. Hirsch, MD
  • Katherine Berg, MD
  • Katie Dainty, PhD
  • Melissa Vogelsong, MD
  • Paul Chan, MD, MSc
  • Ryan W. Morgan, MD, MTR
  • Sarah M. Perman, MD, MSCE
  • Thomas Rea, MD, MPH
  • Amber Rodriguez, PhD, AHA Staff
    Advisor of Science and Health Advancement

Educational Science & Programs Subcommittee
  • Gustavo E. Flores, MD, NRP Chair
  • Emily Diederich, MD, MS Vice-Chair
  • Alvin Chin, MD
  • Benny L. Joyner, Jr., MD, MPH
  • Blair Bigham, MD, MS, FRCPC
  • Daniel M. Rolston ,MD, MSHPM
  • Deb Torman, Ed.D MBA ATC EMT-P
  • Farhan Bhanji, MD
  • Francis C.Dane, PhD
  • James (Jim) Pribble, MD
  • Jenny Rudolph, PhD
  • Kelly Kadlec, MD, M.Ed
  • Lisa Sinz, MD
  • Lorrel Toft, MD
  • Martin Victor Pusic, MD, PhD
  • Mary McBride, MD, MEd
  • Michael R. Lovelace, RN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, CEN, CTRN, NHDP-BC, TCRN
  • Sharon K. Heaton, MA, RN, BSN, EMT-P
  • Sharon Taylor Wilson, PhD, RN, FCN
  • Becky Lehotzky, PhD, AHA Staff
    Advisor of Science and Health Advancement

Systems of Care Subcommittee
  • Jeanette K. Previdi, MPH, BSN, RN Chair
  • Jose Cabanas, MD, MPH Vice-Chair
  • Michael Christopher Kurz, MD, MS, FACEP, FAHA Past-Chair
  • Adam Kessler, DO
  • Anezi Uzendu, MD
  • Bryan Fischberg, BEE, NRP
  • Carolyn Zelop, MD
  • David J. Adriansen, EdD, NREMT, CHSE
  • Jon Rittenberger, MD, MS
  • Joyce Foresman-Capuzzi, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CEN, CPEN, CTRN, TCRN, CCRN, AFN-BC, Gero-BC, NPD-BC, SANE-A, CPN, EMT-P, FAEN
  • Keith Marill, MD, MS
  • Kiran Hebbar, MD, FCCM
  • Matthew Neth, MD
  • Raymond L. Fowler, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
  • Robert Michael Sutton, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FCCM
  • Sonni K. Logan, DNP-C, RN-C, MSN, CEN
  • Timmy Li, PhD
  • William Dillon, MD
  • Amber Hoover, RN, MSN, AHA Staff
    Advisor of Science and Health Advancement

Pediatric Emphasis Group
  • Ryan W. Morgan, MD, MTR Chair
  • Janice Tijssen, MD, MSc, FRCPC Vice-Chair
  • Mary McBride, MD Past-Chair
  • Benny L. Joyner, Jr., MD, MPH
  • Blair Bigham, MD, MS, FRCPC
  • Cameron Dezfulian, MD
  • Carolyn Zelop, MD
  • Georg Schmolzer, MD, PhD
  • Javier Lasa, MD
  • Jessica Fowler , MD, MPH
  • Kelly Kadlec, MD, M.Ed
  • Kiran Hebbar, MD, FCCM
  • Martin Victor Pusic, MD, PhD
  • Maya Dewan, MD, MPH
  • Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MBBS, MPH
  • Robert Michael Sutton, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FCCM
  • Tia Tortoriello Raymond, MD, FAAP, FAHA
  • Allen de Caen, MD
  • Beena Kamath-Rayne, MD, MPH
  • Farhan Bhanji, MD, MSc (Ed), FRCPC, FAHA
  • Vishal Kapadia, MD
  • Melissa Mahgoub, PhD, AHA Staff
    Advisor of Science and Health Advancement

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