EMS Faculty Page

National Course Directors

Darren Braude, MD, EMT-P

Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Medical Director, The Difficult Airway Course: EMS


Dr. Braude is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology and the Tim Fleming Endowed Professor of EMS at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is the EMS Section Chief and Director of the EMS Fellowship Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Braude spent 10 years as a Flight Physician and Air Medical Director.

Currently he is a Medical Director of several agencies including Rio Rancho Fire Rescue and the UNM EMS Academy.  In addition, he remains active in the field through the UNM EMS Physician Field Response Program.  Dr. Braude is author of Rapid Sequence Intubation and Rapid Sequence Airway, 2nd edition: An Airway911 Guide, has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a regular contributor to EM:Rap and speaks nationally and internationally on airway topics.

Dr. Braude is Medical Director for The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and all other EMS programs offered by First Airway.

Michael T. Steuerwald, MD

Director, Emergency Airway Management
Medical Director, UW Med Flight
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin
Associate Medical Director, The Difficult Airway Course: EMS


Dr. Steuerwald is the Director of Emergency Airway Management and the Assistant Medical Director of UW Med Flight, as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has been an active EMS provider since 2004, currently serving as a flight physician with the University of Wisconsin Flight HEMS team.  Dr. Steuerwald has been an instructor in prehospital and emergency medicine since 2011, and is a frequent contributor to Free Open-Access Medical education (FOAMed).  He is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Airway Management, National Association of EMS Physicians, Air Medical Physician Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Steuerwald is Associate Medical Director for The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and all other EMS programs offered by First Airway.

Regional Course Directors

Cory Cox

AirMed Outreach Coordinator
Flight Paramedic
University of Utah AirMed
Salt Lake City, Utah
West Regional Course Director

Fred Ellinger, Jr., NREMT-P

Owner, SafeTec Training Services
Flight Paramedic, MidAtlantic MedEvac
Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Mid-Atlantic Regional Course Director

Kevin Franklin, CFRN, EMT-P

Airway Authority Education
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Midwest Regional Course Director

Joey Loehner, EMT-P, RN

Director of Quality Management
Waxahachie, TX

Clinical Education Manager
Trans Aero Medevac
Carlsbad, NM

James Habstritt, BHSc, EMT-P

Program Director
Professional Medical Associates
Western Canada Regional Course Director

Michael Keller

Owner/Lead Faculty
Camden Education Unlimited

Field Internship Preceptor
Lincoln County EMS

Professor Emeritus
Department for EMS Education
Gaston College, Dallas, North Carolina

Southeast Regional Course Director

Rudy Princi, EMT-P

EMS Community Educator
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
Northeast Regional Course Director

Jamie Todd, MSC (Student), BSc (Hons) BEd PA02298, MCPara NAEMT

Advanced Paramedic
United Kingdom
Global Education Director, First Airway, LLC
European Regional Course Director


Jamie Todd is a Pre-Hospital Care Consultant for numerous industry sectors. He was in the first group of paramedics in the United Kingdom to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Hospital Care.

His advice when it comes to airway management is to always know the basics, and have them mastered to your very best ability. “In fact we call them ‘essentials’ rather than ‘basics’ as they will get you out of trouble almost every time,” he says. Prior to his career in Emergency Medicine, Jamie trained as a science teacher and worked in wilderness skills instruction. His favorite part of the job is the moment when he can see everything click for students.

Jamie has combined his EMS and wilderness skills in interesting ways. He has taken journalists around Mongolia for three months, and worked a ski race to the magnetic North Pole.