ECC Volunteer Interest

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee (ECC) is responsible for directing and setting standards for care and resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest. The ECC Committee has three subcommittees and one emphasis group.

ECC Committee

Volunteer for ECC Committee or Subcommittees

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN - Deadline to apply is January 17, 2023

If you would like to volunteer to serve on the ECC Committee or Subcommittees, please complete the application form at the links below.

Application to Serve on ECC Committee/Subcommittees ( new window) (link opens in new window)


ECC Science Volunteer Form – All areas of interest

If you would like to volunteer for other areas of interest, please use the link below to complete the Volunteer Interest Form. This form can be completed at any time.

Volunteer Web Form- American Heart Association(opens new window) (link opens in new window)

ECC Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The American Heart Association recognizes the importance of increasing diversity and inclusivity among our volunteers and improving diversity among our volunteers.  The ECC is committed to not only improving diversity and inclusion of the resuscitation and first aid experts that serve on our committees, writing groups, and programs, but also addressing and improving disparities in resuscitation research and education. We are always looking to expand our diverse pool of volunteer experts in Adult, Pediatric, and Neonatal CPR, Education, and First Aid. There are many opportunities to serve as a volunteer.

ECC Committee Chair

Dianne Atkins, MD

Diannne Atkins, MD
Professor Emerita
University of Iowa

"...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."


More about the ECC Committee

Science Subcommittee

The Science Subcommittee is primarily responsible for reviewing the new science of resuscitation in concert with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (a group of international resuscitation volunteers that form consensus on science and treatment recommendations). 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.


Ashish Panchal Chair Science


Ashish Panchal, MD, PhD, FAEMS
Professor of Emergency Medicine,
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

Marina Del Rios, MD, MS


Marina Del Rios, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Iowa Health Care,
Carver College of Medicine

Review list of the Science Subcommittee members

Systems of Care (SOC) Subcommittee

The Systems of Care (SOC) Subcommittee develops and evaluates quality improvement projects to assist committees, emergency medical services and hospitals to enhance resuscitation care through a systems approach.

Jose Cabanas, MD, MPH


Jose Cabanas, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Wake County Government

Jon Rittenberger, MD, MS


Jon Rittenberger, MD, MS
Chief of Emergency Medicine
Robert Packer Hospital,
Guthrie Medical Group

Review list of the Systems of Care (SOC) Subcommittee members

Education Science and Programs (ESP) Subcommittee

The Education Science and Programs Subcommittee (ESP) 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.


Emily Diederich, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pulmonary,
Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
University of Kansas Medical Center

Martin Pusic, MD, PhD


Martin Pusic, MD, PhD
Associate Physician in Medicine,
Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

Review list of the Education Science and Programs (ESP) Subcommittee members

Pediatric Emphasis Group (PEG)

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.

Ryan Morgan, MD, MTR


Ryan Morgan, MD, MTR
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Janice Tijssen, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Janice Tijssen, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Paediatric Critical Care Physician,
Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine,
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics,
Western University

Review list of the Pediatric Emphasis Group (PEG) members