American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council

Guidance for the American Red Cross Aquatics Guidelines and Best Practices was provided by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a panel of 60+ nationally and internationally recognized experts from a variety of medical, nursing, emergency medical services, advanced practice, allied health, scientific, educational and academic disciplines. 

Members of the Scientific Advisory Council have a broad range of professional specialties including resuscitation, emergency medicine, critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, anesthesia, cardiology, surgery, trauma, toxicology, pharmacology, education, sports medicine, occupational health, public health and emergency preparedness. This gives the Scientific Advisory Council the important advantage of broad, multidisciplinary expertise in evaluating existing and new assessment methodologies, technologies, therapies and procedures—and the educational methods to teach them.

More information on the science of the course content can be found at the following websites:


We extend our gratitude to all of the members of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, who lend their expertise and guidance to support the development of American Red Cross Training Services programs. 


Eunice (Nici) Singletary, MD, FACEP

Scientific Advisory Council Co-Chair
Scientific Advisory Council Continuing Education & Editorial Committee
University of Virginia Emergency Medicine


Joseph W. Rossano, MD
Scientific Advisory Council Co-Chair
Scientific Advisory Council Continuing Education & Editorial Committee
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Co-Executive Director, The Cardiac Center
Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Aquatics Sub-Council


William Dominic Ramos, MS, PhD
Aquatics Sub-Council Chair
Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington
Director, Indiana University Aquatics Institute
Bloomington, Indiana

Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPETE)
College of Education, Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey
Director of Research and Education
Diversity in Aquatics

Jodi Jensen, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Aquatics
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia

Stephen J. Langendorfer, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Founding Editor, International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education

Tamar L. Levene, MD, MS
Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgeon
Memorial Healthcare System, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Hollywood, Florida

Bridget L. McKinney, PhD(h), MS, BS
Principal, Scott Lake Elementary School – Miami, Florida
Miami-Dade County
CEO/Founder, PSWAP-Mentoring and Swim Organization, Inc.

Kevin M. Ryan, MD, MBA, FACEP
Physician, Emergency Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Christopher Whipple, M.Ed., NREMT, AqP
President, Whipple Aquatics & Safety, LLC
Emergency Department Specialist
M Health Fairview, Masonic Children’s Hospital
Minneapolis, Minnesota



Disaster Cycle Sub-Council


Michael Kleeman, MA
Disaster Cycle Sub-Council Chair
Senior Research Fellow
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California

Theodore John Gaensbauer, MD, FAPA, FAACAP
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, Colorado

Shannon Jackson LCDR, MSC, USN
Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence Officer (POMI) / Global Health
Medical Service Corps, US Navy

Robert J. Lempert, PhD
Principal Researcher, RAND
Professor of Policy and Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Director, RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition

Raj Pandya, PhD
Vice President, Community Science
American Geophysical Union

Lauren M. Sauer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF
Director of Geriatrics
Sinai Health & University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto
Professor of Medicine, Adjunct
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Jacqueline Snelling, Ed.M.
Retired FEMA Preparedness, Senior Advisor
Arlington, Virginia

James A. Judge II, BPA, CEM, FPEM EMT-P
Disaster Cycle Sub-Council Vice Chair
Interim Deputy Director, Public Protection
Volusia County



Education Sub-Council


Thomas E. Sather, Ed.D, MS, MSS, CAsP, CDR, MSC, USN
Education Sub-Council Chair
Director, Academic Support
Assistant Professor (USUHS)
Navy Medicine Training Support Center
JBSA Ft Sam Houston, Texas

Nicholas Asselin, DO, MS
Education Sub-Council Vice Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
LifePACT Critical Care Transport
Providence, Rhode Island

Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Austin Haag, PhD, LCDR, MSC, USN
Lieutenant Commander, US Navy

Brian Miller, PhD, MS, MSEd, CHES
Program Director, Health Sciences
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Cadaver Anatomy Lab Technician
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Mary Baldwin University
Fishersville, Virginia

Gamze Ozogul, PhD
Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Education
Instructional Systems and Technology Department
Bloomington, Indiana



First Aid Sub-Council


Nathan P. Charlton, MD
First Aid Sub-Council Chair
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Program Director, Division of Toxicology
Director, Wilderness Medicine Education Program
Director, Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program
Associate Medical Director, Blue Ridge Poison Center
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Elizabeth Hewett Brumberg, MD
First Aid Sub-Council Vice Chair
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Faculty Physician, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David C. Berry, PhD, MHA, AT, ATC, ATRIC, CKTP
Professor and Department Chair, Kinesiology
College of Health and Human Services
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, Michigan

Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health School of Nursing
San Antonio, Texas

Jestin Carlson, MD, MS, FACEP
National Director of Clinical Education, US Acute Care Solutions
Director of Resident Research, St. Vincent HospitalErie, Pennsylvania

Deanna Colburn Hostler, DPT, PhD, CCS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, MHCOS, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Torrance, California

Angela Holian, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Pharmacy ServicesCharlottesville, Virginia

Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, RADM, USPHS
Senior Advisor, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH/ATSDR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Vijay Kannan, MD, MPH
Regional Director, Office of Quality Management
Indian Health Service

Amy Kule Downs, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois

Matthew J. Levy, DO, MSc, FACEP, FAEMS, NRP
Assistant Director, Division of Special Operations
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Senior Medical Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine
Associate Director, John Hopkins Emergency Services Fellowship
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
Howard County Government
Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Columbia, Maryland

Yolanda Malone-Gilbert, MD, MBA, FAPA
Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
National Medical Association
Psychiatrist, Atlanta Veterans Health Care System
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Edward J. McManus, MD, FACP
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Infectious Disease Physician
I.D. Care, Inc./I.D. Associates, P.A.
Hillsborough, New Jersey

Nathaniel McQuay, MD
Chief, Acute Care Surgery
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Aaron M. Orkin, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD, CCFP(EM), FRCPC
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Toronto
Emergency Physician
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

S. Robert Seitz, MEd, RN, NRP
Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Amita Sudhir, MD
Associate Professor
University of Virginia
Department of Emergency Medicine

Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD
Professor and Chair
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tennessee



Resuscitation—Adult Sub-Council


Joshua M. Tobin, MD
Resuscitation – Adult Sub-Council Chair
Professor, Chief Trauma Anesthesia
UT Health
San Antonio, Texas
Captain, Medical Corps
US Navy

Lynn White, MS, FAEMS
Resuscitation – Adult Sub-Council Vice Chair

Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM
Attending Physician
Durham VA Medical Center
Representative, 48th President 2019-2020
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Richard N. Bradley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Director of Medical Response Services
Texas Division of Emergency Management

Wendell E. Jones, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
Veteran’s Integrated Service, Network 17
Arlington, Texas

Catherine Margaret Kuza, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Director of the Surgical ICU
Director of Trauma Research
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Andrew MacPherson, MD, CCFP-EM, FCFP
Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Bryan F. McNally, MD, MPH
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Executive Director, Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES)
Associate Medical Director, Air Life Georgia

Ira Nemeth, MD
Medical Director
Ben Taub Emergency Department Senior Faculty
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Lt Col Stephanie Streit, MD, FACS, USAF, MC
Assistant Professor of Surgery
George Washington School of Medicine & Health Services
United States Air Force
Nellis AFB, Nevada

Bryan M. White, Col, USAF, MC MD,  FACC, FASE, RPVI
DHA Life Support Medical Director, CMIO/ISC Chair – 99th MDG, MTN/DHA J-7 LSSAC, DHA CVCC Chair, AF Cardiology Consultant
Defense Health Agency
Nellis AFB, Nevada



Resuscitation—Pediatric Sub-Council


Sarita A. Chung, MD, FAAP
Resuscitation – Pediatric Sub-Council Chair
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Bruce J. Barnhart, MSN, RN, CEP
Resuscitation – Pediatric Sub-Council Vice Chair
Senior Program Manager
The University of Arizona
Arizona Emergency Medical Research Center
Phoenix, Arizona

Brian Appavu, MD
Director, Neurocritical Care Research
Barrow Neurological Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona

Lynn Boyle, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager-PICU
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sarah Copple, MSN, RNC-MNN, C-ONQS
Manager, Clinical Program Development
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Washington, DC

Jacqueline Bryngil Corboy, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Quality, Division of Emergency Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Iqbal El-Assaad, MD
Pediatric Electrophysiologist
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital