Meet the 2023 Summit to Sound Speakers


Sara Ainsworth, JD | Abortion Law and Reproductive Care Post Dobbs
Monday May 8, 8:00 AM

Sara Ainsworth, JD is Senior Legal & Policy Director at If/When/How, where she supports and oversees litigation and policy advocacy. Prior to joining If/When/How, Sara was Advocacy Director at Legal Voice, a women’s and LGBTQ rights organization in the Pacific Northwest. She began her career in poverty law, representing low-income survivors of domestic violence, and went on to work at both Legal Voice and National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Sara has also taught law school courses, including Reproductive Rights & Social Justice, at both the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University Law School. She is a former board member of If/When/How, and was a co-founding board member of Surge Reproductive Justice, a non-profit that works for reproductive and racial justice in Washington State. Sara is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.



Setting up Capacity to Manage BH in the ED
Monday May 8, 8:50 AM

Chris Buresh, MD is a board certified pediatrician and emergency medicine physician. He has been involved in community-based harm reduction activities and legislative advocacy around opioid use disorder since 2017. He works at in the emergency departments at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and works with the UW’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. He has helped Seattle Children’s Hospital begin treating adolescents with opioid use disorder. He also serves as the associate residency director for the UW’s emergency medicine residency. He lives in Seattle with his wife, 4 children, and 2 dogs.



David A. Colvin, MD | Pediatric Critical Care-Advanced Respiratory Management
Monday May 8, 11:20 AM

David A. Colvin is a pediatric intensivist and current medical director for pediatric critical care and critical care transport for the Providence Swedish system.  Originally from the Puget sound area, he and his wife traveled around the country, from New York to Stanford, for training before settling in Nevada and then back in their home town. Dr. Colvin currently practice in Seattle as well as PICU’s in California, Nevada and Idaho.  When not on service, he spends much of his time skiing, cycling or flying as a private pilot. 


Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, FACHE |Senior Vice President for Safety & Quality, Washington State Hospital Association
Monday May 8, 08:50 AM

Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, FACHE is the Senior Vice President for Safety and Quality at the Washington State Hospital Association. She was the past Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator at Harborview Medical Center (HMC), University of Washington (UW) Medicine in Seattle and the Co-Director of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Safety and Quality. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnus, an honorary Assistant Clinical Dean at the UW School of Nursing and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Darcy is Board Certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She currently serves, by appointment of Washington State Governor Inslee, on the Robert Bree Collaborative, the Crisis Response Improvement Strategies Committee and the Pandemic Statewide After-Action Review Task Force. She has been a sponsor, leader or member of multiple national, state and local quality, safety and policy initiatives in areas such as behavioral health, vulnerable populations, resiliency and building cultures of safety.


Chris Kang, MD, FACEP | National Behavioral Health Update
Monday May 8, 9:50 AM

Chris Kang, MD, FACEP, President ACEP [bio]


Jay Kaplan, MD | Interprofessional Interactions in the ED
Tuesday May 9, 9:00 AM

Jay Kaplan MD is a physician coach, consultant, mentor and poet.  He was most recently Medical Director of Care Transformation and Director of the Be Well Center for LCMC Health in New Orleans, LA.  He has practiced emergency medicine for more than 40 years and remains Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans.  Dr. Kaplan is a past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians and current national faculty for ACEP, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Healthcare Worker Well-Being and Resilience.  Dr. Kaplan is past Medical Director of Studer Group and he was recently named the American College of Emergency Physicians’ 2021 John G. Wiegenstein Leadership award winner, ACEP’s highest award.  As an international speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kaplan has presented to and coached hospital and physician leaders, medical groups, emergency departments, and individual physicians for more than 25 years.  His approach remains tactical and directed toward improved outcomes for both patients and clinicians, emphasizing the importance of teamwork.



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Ron Kaplan, MD | Evaluation of Neonatal Fever
Tuesday May 9, 10:30 AM

Ron Kaplan [bio]



Rob Klemisch, MD | Ventilator Management in the Emergency Department: Lessons from Two Worlds
Monday May 8, 10:50 AM

Rob Klemisch, MD is boarded in both emergency medicine and critical care who has recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington. He works clinically in the emergency department, medical ICU, and on the ECMO consult service where he functions as a clinician and educator. His interests include education and assessment focused on clinical procedures and skills. He is pleased to be joining his first Summit to Sound Conference and is looking forward to learning from the many great physicians in Washington.”



Kathleen Kerrigan, MD, FACEP, FACOG | Abortion Management and Complications
Monday May 8, 8:30 AM

Hands on Skills Lab: Complicated Vaginal Deliveries
Monday May 8, 2:00 PM

Kathleen Kerrigan, MD, FACEP, FACOG is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.  She has served as Assistant Program Director at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.  She has had the unique experience of completing residencies in both Ob/Gyn and Emergency Medicine.  She serves as a Councillor to ACEP Council and is the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She currently sits on the ACEP Reproductive Health Task Force and is ACEP BOD liaison to the  ACOG/AIM OB Readiness Toolkit.



Kaya Lovett, MSW, LSWAIC |Trauma Informed Care
Tuesday May 9, 9:30 AM

Kayla Lovett is a social worker within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harborview Medical Center and leads the ED-LINC program, delivering and testing a novel coordinated care intervention for patients with Opioid Use Disorder in the ED. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Kayla has extensive experience serving people living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in various roles including outreach with unhoused adults and with a mental health counseling practice supporting people with complex trauma. Her work emphasizes the importance of access to care and social work interventions that leverage systems change to allow patients facing complex health and social needs to meet their healthcare goals.”



Earl J. Reisdorff, MD |ABEM Certification
Tuesday May 9, 11:30 AM

Earl J. Reisdorff, M.D., is Executive Director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), a post he has held since 2010. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Dr. Reisdorff was a practicing emergency physician, Emergency Medicine Program Director, and Director of Medical Education at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan; and an associate professor in Emergency Medicine and past Program Director of the Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He has been an ABEM-certified physician since 1986. Dr. Reisdorff has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and 17 chapters in eight different texts. He has presented over 300 scientific and didactic presentations in the United States and internationally. In 2003, Dr. Reisdorff was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory group to both DHHS and the Congress on physician workforce and training. He has been an active participant in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards community, having served as Chair of the Member Board Executive Caucus, the Board of Directors, and as a member of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission. He currently is a member of the Governance Committee of the ABMS Board of Directors.


Vasisht Srinivasan, MD | Emergency Stroke Management
Monday May 8, 11::50 AM

Vasisht Srinivasan, MD  is an emergency physician and a neurointensivist. He specializes in the care of patients in the Emergency Department and on the Neurocritical Care Service at Harborview Medical Center. His goal is to ensure seamless transitions for neurologically ill and injured patients from prehospital settings into the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units. His research interests include examining ways to make transfers more seamless and safer for patients and the use of technology as a tool to enhance patient care in these domains.

Dr. Srinivasan is also interested in flight medicine and the aeromedical transport of critically ill patients. He partners with Airlift Northwest as a flight physician and researches ways to make the transport process safer and more efficient for patients with acute neurologic disease. As an educator, he is interested in undergraduate and graduate medical education, specifically in the domains of  critical care, ultrasound, and neurological emergencies. He is also an ENLS instructor and has taught courses for physicians and nurses on the early management and stabilization of neurocritically ill patients.


Keynote Speaker: Jevin West, PhD

Jevin West, PhD | The Art of Bullshit
Monday May 9, 7:00 PM (dinner)

Dr. West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public. He studies the Science of Science and worry about the spread of misinformation. Dr. West’s laboratory consists of the millions of scholarly papers and public posts about science. He develops knowledge discovery tools to facilitate and study science, with a particular interest in how sociological and economic factors drive and slow the evolution of science.  Dr. West is the author of Calling Bullshit:  THE ART OF SKEPTICISM IN A DATA-DRIVEN WORLD.  He is a renowned speaker, and has lectured around the world on the topic of misinformation.