The CHaMP Investigators

E. Brooke Lerner, PhDE. Brooke Lerner, PhD

The Principle Investigator for CHaMP is E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, tenured professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lerner is an injury epidemiologist by training and a former EMS field provider who has dedicated her career to improving prehospital care through research. She has nearly 20 years of EMS related experience, has received several million dollars in federal funding for EMS research and has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications. She is or has been on Boards for several national organizations including the National Association of EMS Physicians, Brain Trauma Foundation and the National Disaster Life support Foundation.

David Brousseau, MD, MS

David Brousseau, MD, MS

CHaMP’s PECARN Liaison and the academic advisor for the Milwaukee County EMS affiliate is David Brousseau, MD, MS. Dr. Brousseau has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and serves as Section Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and the Director of the Physician Scientist Pathway at MCW. He has extensive experience leading federally-funded research. He also has a vast number of pediatric emergency medicine-related publications.

Brittany Farrell, MS

Brittany Farrell, MSBrittany Farrell, MS, is the Nodal Administrator of CHaMP. Brittany graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in public health and communication, and completed her MS in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She serves as a Program Coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Jonathan Sudnek, PhD

Jonathan R. Studnek, PhD, EMT-P—EMSA Principal Investigator, Charlotte

Dr. Studnek is an active provider and the Mecklenburg EMS Quality Improvement Manager in Charlotte, NC. He serves as the Director of Prehospital Research at the Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Studnek has a doctorate in Epidemiology and completed his fellowship with the National Registry of EMTs, an organization that provides EMS certification and supports the state licensures process in 45 states. Prior to completing his doctoral degree, he was a paramedic in Albuquerque, NM, and was a research fellow at the National Registry of EMTs. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and completed two randomized controlled trials in the prehospital setting. Dr. Studnek has also served as the Director of Prehospital Research for the Center for Prehospital Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and is currently Associate Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Manish Shah, MDManish Shah, MD—EMSA Principal Investigator, Houston

Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Shah is the Director of Research Education for the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine, and he is nearing completion of a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research. As a pediatric prehospital advocate and researcher, he has directed the EMS for Children State Partnership in Texas since 2009 and is a prior recipient of an EMSC Targeted Issues grant to develop, implement, and measure outcomes after implementation of an evidence-based, standardized pediatric prehospital protocol for respiratory distress in three urban settings. As chair of the EMS subcommittee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Shah is a national leader and has contributed to revision of national pediatric prehospital performance measures and lectured at the National Association of EMS Physicians and EMS for Children Annual Meetings.

Lorin Browne, DO

Lorin Browne, DO—EMSA Principal Investigator, Milwaukee

Dr. Browne serves as the Pediatric Medical Director for the Milwaukee County EMS system. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Browne’s previous research endeavors include assessment of pediatric injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes and use of computed tomography to identify pediatric cervical spine injuries.

Stacy Reynolds, MDStacy Reynolds, MD— Charlotte EMSA Academic Advisor

Dr. Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center, where she serves as the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director. She has completed several research studies and won two awards from the University of Pittsburgh for her research. She has extensive experience as an educator and mentor.

Derrick Clay—Chair, Field Provider Advisory Committee, Houston, TX

Mr. Clay has been a firefighter with the Houston Fire Department for 15 years. In addition to providing care in the field, he has five years of EMS and orthopedic research experience. He was research coordinator for an industry-sponsored cardiac arrest study conducted by the Houston Fire Department, for which the Department enrolled nearly 3,000 individuals in cardiac arrest. Mr. Clay oversaw all aspects of the study including ensuring that the study procedures were logistically possible in Houston, all field providers were educated in and appropriately following the study procedures, that the site complied with all regulatory requirements, and that all required data was collected and accurate. Mr. Clay has continued to assist with the development and implementation of research trails within the Houston Fire Department.

Steven Vandeventer—Chair, Field Provider Advisory Committee, Charlotte, NC

Mr. Vandeventer is a paramedic with the Mecklenburg EMS Agency and serves as a quality and education specialist for the agency. He has served as the Research Coordinator for Mecklenburg EMS on two randomized controlled trials. Mr. Vandeventer oversaw all aspects of these studies, including ensuring that the study procedures were logistically possible in Charlotte, that all providers were educated in and were appropriately following the study procedures, that the site complied with all regulatory requirements, and that all required data was collected and accurate. He has continued to assist with the development and implementation of additional research within Mecklenburg EMS.

Kenneth Sternig—Chair, Field Provider Advisory Committee, Milwaukee, WI

Mr. Sternig is Program Director for Milwaukee County EMS.  He works closely with local fire departments and hospital emergency departments in managing the EMS system’s infrastructure.  Mr. Sternig has 20 years of EMS research experience; he has assisted the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network in implementing numerous prehospital clinical trials in Milwaukee as well as assisting with local prospective and retrospective observational studies.

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