Dr. Thomas Blackwell
Dr. Thomas Blackwell is the Asst. Dean, Longitudinal Clinical Education and Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and the Greenville Health System. He has over 40 years of EMS experience and served as Medical Director for the Mecklenburg EMS Agency from 1992-2010 which included medical Direction for the Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police SWAT and Aviation, Advanced Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) and multidisciplinary all-hazards response team (founder). Dr. Blackwell was Medical Incident Commander for 2 plane crashes and the NC Response to Hurricane Katrina.
Aaron Dix is the Operations Director for the Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center. He has a MBA in Healthcare Management, is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and has 20 years of EMS experience. Prior to becoming Operations Director, he was the training coordinator for the largest and busiest EMS system in South Carolina managing the education of over 500 EMTs, paramedics, and fire-fighters. In addition to his duties at the simulation center, he remains a practicing paramedic with Anderson County EMS, Clear Spring Fire Rescue, and is an active member of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Council in South Carolina.
Phil Head is the Manager of EMT Education for the Greenville Health System and is responsible for the EMT education training and certification for all the incoming medical school students. Phil also assists with a variety of simulation experiences and prehospital training as needed. Most recently Phil served as the Department Head/Academic Program Director for the EMT/Paramedic program at Greenville Technical College where he remains as an adjunct faculty member today facilitating clinical experiences in the emergency department for paramedic students. Phil has a variety of EMS experience to include rural and urban 911, field training and preceptor training. Phil worked as a flight paramedic for 7 years with GHS Med-Trans here in Greenville South Carolina. Phil has a bachelor’s degree in health science from the Medical University of South Carolina.
David Ellis has twenty years of experience in prehospital care, flight medicine, clinical education, and EMS administration. He has worked as a flight paramedic for both rotor and fixed wing air ambulances, worked as an Advanced Paramedic on a pediatric specialty care team, and lectured throughout the United States. His current interests are in Pediatric Specialty Care, effective team building, and in providing first world emergency medical care in third world nations.