Department of Emergency Medicine

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Academic Faculty

Mike Ballester, MD
Assistant Professor

Hometown:  Cheney, Washington after moving around in the USAF

Undergraduate:  Eastern Washington University

Medical School:  University of Kansas

Hobbies/Interests:  Hanging out with my wife Lori, collecting comic books, watching movies

Favorite TV shows/movies:  Anything Marvel related, watching NFL football 

Favorite Music:  classic rock

Best thing about Dayton:  Great place to raise a family and practice emergency medicine

If I never did EM:  I would love to make a living being an author

Random fact about me:  I've been collecting comic books off and on for 45 years!

 

Jay R. Bernstein, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Department title:  Medical Student Clerkship Director

Hometown: Norwell, MA

Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Medical school: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Residency: Boston University

Additional training: University of Cincinnati Occupational and Environmental Medicine 

Academic area of interest: Education, wellness

Favorite procedure in the ED: Draining a peritonsillar abscess

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Biking & Running

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The Air Force Museum

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Working for the CIA

Random fact about you: I have five amazing kids and a super amazing wife

 

Daniel A. Brown

 

 

James E. Brown, Jr., MD
Professor and Chair

 

Jordan Michael Brunswick, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

 

Department title: Clinical Assistant Professor

Hometown: Maria Stein, Ohio

Undergraduate: Wright State University

Medical school: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Residency: University of Kentucky

Fellowship: University of Kentucky- Point of Care Emergency Ultrasound

Academic area of interest: Point of Care Ultrasound, EMS

Favorite procedure in the ED: Ultrasound-guided vascular access

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Spend time with family and my dog Zeus

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The many underrated local restaurants and breweries

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Teacher

Random fact about you: I once performed an ultrasound using Hidden Valley ranch dressing

 

Titus Chu, MD
Assistant Professor

Department title: Director of Ultrasound Education

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine

Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital (Closed)/Inspira

Additional training: Emergency Ultrasound, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Favorite procedure in the ED: Cunningham maneuver (If I can get it to work)

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Use my pellet smoker or my smokeless fire pit (basically, play with fire)

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The utter lack of traffic

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Systems engineering (although I never did quite figure out what to do with that degree)

Random fact about you: I probably enjoy watching Bluey as much as my two kids

 

Paul Thomas Deflorio, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Department title: Assistant Professor

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT

Undergraduate: University of Michigan 

Medical school: Vanderbilt University 

Residency: University of Michigan

Additional training: Residency in Aerospace Medicine, Master of Public Health

Academic area of interest: Trauma, resuscitative procedures

Favorite procedure in the ED: Central line placement 

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Hunting

Best thing about Dayton, OH: Big city amenities in a small town setting

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: FBI

Random fact about you: I keep bees! 

 

Alan A. Dupre, MD
Assistant Professor

Department title: Associate Program Director

Hometown: Shelbyville, KY

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Medical school: Uniformed Services University

Residency: Wright State University/Wright-Patterson AFB Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine

Academic area of interest: Faculty Development, Military Emergency Medicine, Ocular Emergencies

Favorite procedure in the ED: Thoracostomy or Lumbar Puncture

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Flying (anything)

Best thing about Dayton, OH: Friendly people, Low cost of living, A variety of things to do, Great emergency medicine, Safe community, Fantastic schools

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Probably working for an NGO somewhere abroad

Random fact about you: Speaks Russian

 

Simranjit S. Gill, D.O.
Assistant Professor

Department Title: Assistant Program Director, Simulation Director

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati

Medical school: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Emergency Medicine – University At Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Additional training: Family Medicine – MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Academic area of interest: Clinical education and Wellness 

Favorite procedure in the ED: Flash pulmonary edema management, Intubation 

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Playing a round of golf

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The friendly people, new restaurants, outdoor hikes/parks

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: High school math teacher and tennis coach

Random fact about you: I collect retro Jordans, basketball cards and spend too much time learning about watches

 

 

Ryan Grow, D.O.
Instructor

 

Kermit D. Huebner, MD
Assistant Professor

Department title: Assistant Professor

Hometown: Batesville, OH

Undergraduate: Ohio University, Athens, OH

Medical school: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

Residency: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX

Additional training: Military Operational Medicine, Public Health Leadership, Strategic Studies

Academic area of interest: Operational, austere/wilderness, and aviation medicine with a dash of ultrasound

Favorite procedure in the ED: Joint reductions

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Look forward to finding out!

Best thing about Dayton, OH: Miles of trails

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Flying

Random fact about you: I know the lyrics to Paul Revere  

 

Andrea L. Kaelin, MD
Assistant Professor

Department Title: Assistant Professor, Military Ultrasound Director

Hometown: Air Force kid

Undergraduate: Christopher Newport University

Medical school: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine 

Residency: Wright State University Emergency Medicine Residency 

Additional training:
Fellowship of Academy of Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography (FAEMUS)
Ultrasound Fellowship San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC)
Wright State University Masters Degree in Public Health, Global Health, Emergency Public Health
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)

Academic area of interest: Ultrasound, Global Health

Favorite procedure in the ED: Ultrasound

Favorite thing to do on a day off:

Family time with the world's best niece and nephew,
Trail Runs with my dalmatian, Echo. 
Horseback Riding

Best thing about Dayton, OH: MetroParks System, all the festivals

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Peace Corps

Random fact about you: Previously worked as National Park Service Park Ranger, EMT prior to Air Force

 

Vincent C. Marsh, MD
Assistant Professor

Department Title: Assistant Professor 

Hometown: Greenville, SC 

Undergraduate: Furman University 

Medical school: MUSC

Residency: Wright State University

Additional training: CCATT

Academic area of interest: Critical Care 

Favorite procedure in the ED: Shoulder reduction/ Intubation 

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Listen to obscure audio books 

Best thing about Dayton, OH: It has all four seasons

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Used car salesman

Random fact about you: Married to a magician  

 

Brian Patrick Murray, DO
Assistant Professor

Department title:  Director of Scholarly Activity

Hometown: Norwood, NJ

Undergraduate: Swarthmore College

Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Brooke Army Medical Center

Additional training: Toxicology/Addiction Medicine - Emory University

Academic area of interest: Toxicology and Addiction Medicine

Favorite procedure in the ED: Subclavian Central Line

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Running

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The restaurants.

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Photography

Random fact about you: I was once a semi-professional photographer (www.pbase.com/bpatmurray), I have done a lot of random things throughout my live: Finance, Peace Corps, High School teacher and Coach at a boarding school)

 

Derek M. Sorensen, MD
Associate Professor

Department title: Associate Professor

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate: La Sierra University

Medical school: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Emergency Medicine

Additional training: MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Academic area of interest: Critical Care, Simulation, Education, Interprofessional Teams, Austere Operational Training

Favorite procedure in the ED: POCUS - ECHO because it is cheating

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Kick the kids outside and do things in the real world.

Best thing about Dayton, OH: The local community with parks, museums, zoos, and wildlife areas.

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: I would be an engineer/architect building things and solving problems.

Random fact about you: I am a mountain biking/cycling convert to running because of my wife and my dog.

 

 

Brian L. Springer, MD
Associate Professor

Department title: Vice Chair; Tactical Medicine Director

Hometown: Syosset, NY

Undergraduate: SUNY College at Oneonta

Medical school: UT Southwestern

Residency: Wright State University

Additional training: Sports Medicine, Wright State University

Academic area of interest: Tactical and Law Enforcement Medicine

Favorite procedure in the ED: Trauma resuscitation and hemorrhage control

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Walk, grill, movies, spend time with wife and pets

Best thing about Dayton, OH: Independent restaurants; our MetroParks system

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Park Ranger

Random fact about you: I eat a PB&J on every ED shift

 

Joshua Bert Stierwalt, MD
Assistant Professor

Department title:  Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Hometown:  Aurora, Colorado

Undergraduate:  United States Air Force Academy

Medical school:  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Residency:  Wright State University EM Residency Program

Additional training:  MPH, George Washington University

Academic area of interest:  Data Informatics, ED Flow, Population Health, Antibiotic Stewardship

Favorite procedure in the ED: Airway

Favorite thing to do on a day off:  Hike with my family, Go for a nice long trail run

Best thing about Dayton, OH:  All the biking and running trails, amazing weather in the spring and summer

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing:  Ski Bum in the winter, Scuba Dive Instructor in the summer

Random fact about you:  I find presidential history fascinating and am an amateur presidential historian (emphasis on the amateur)

 

Meagan B. Verbillion, DO
Assistant Professor

Department title:  Assistant Program Director/Curriculum Director 

Hometown: Yellow Springs, Ohio

Undergraduate: Eastern Kentucky University 

Medical school: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Wright State/WPAFB

Academic area of interest: Curriculum development, Board Prep, Critical Care Medicine

Favorite procedure in the ED: Central Line 

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Spend time with my family - we love to be outside. Festivals, hiking, concerts, gardening in the summer/fall. Road trips, obscure museums/events, Broadway/musicals in the winter/spring. 

Best thing about Dayton, OH: There is an activity or event for every type of personality

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Either farming or traveling and working random odd jobs just enough to make a living while simultaneously seeing the world

Random fact about you: I unintentionally ran a marathon. 

 

Reid Alexander Vernon, MD
Instructor

Department title: Assistant Professor

Hometown: Milton, GA

Undergraduate: United states Air Force Academy

Medical school: Medical College of Georgia

Residency: Wright State Emergency Medicine

Academic area of interest: Procedures and Teaching

Favorite procedure in the ED: Intubations

Favorite thing to do on a day off: Play frisbee, run with my dog, hang out with family

Best thing about Dayton, OH: Small town feel and friendliness

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: I would be a fighter Pilot!

Random fact about you: I love cooking!

 

 

 

 

Jessica Zhen, MD
Assistant Professor

Department title: WSU Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, WPAFB EM Medical Student Clerkship Director 

Hometown: Pollock Pines, CA

Undergraduate: UC San Diego

Medical school: Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 

Residency: Western Michigan University (AF civilian sponsored)

Academic area of interest: EMS/prehospital care, MedEd, ACLS/cardiac arrest 

Favorite procedure in the ED: fracture reductions and thoracostomy

Favorite thing to do on a day off: spending time relaxing, cooking, catching up on shows, and adventuring with my husband and dog 

Best thing about Dayton, OH: all the local, fun, unique festivals 

If you never did Emergency Medicine, what would you be doing: Baker! Would love to have a little bakery cafe. 

Random fact about you: I have never met a potato I didn't like. It's my favorite food, any style. Plus, one of my favorite animals is the manatee, nicknamed the sea potato, that I've gone swimming with in their natural habitat. 

 

Last edited on 11/08/2022.