We are currently in the planning stages for the 2019 SDACEP Conference but we will have very interesting speakers on issues facing all areas of emergency medicine. For a list of last year's speakers and topics, click here.

Daphne Denham, MD

HBO, What is it? Why does it work? What are the Approved treatments? Save the best for last: Concussion & HBO


Daphne Denham graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1993. She trained as a general surgeon at the University of South Florida in Tampa from 1993-2000. While there she did 2 years of research looking at inflammatory mediators in pancreatitis, among other things, and also had 3 daughters.

In 2000 she took a junior faculty position in the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago. Long story short, another daughter and two sons later, in 2009 Daphne switched her professional focus to wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

As a surgeon, she was very pessimistic about hyperbaric medicine. However, over the last 10 years, she has seen enough to change her mind.

In November 2015, after leaving hospital based wound clinics, she added hyperbaric chambers to her private practice. In July 2018 she moved to Fargo, ND to open an additional hyperbaric clinic.

Jenna Gantner, DO

1. (For the LOVE of all things holy, STOP calling it) Physician Burnout

2. Where the &$@! Is the Blakemore?!?”GI Bleed Management in the Emergency Department

3. “Rocky Mountain High” – Legalized Marijuana: How it has affected Emergency Departments in states where it is legal


Jenna Gantner, D.O. is the mother to two amazing daughters, two average dogs, three useless cats, some undulating number of fish and six very dumb chickens. She is also wife of a radiologist, mediocre home chef, avid runner, biker, hiker and kayaker and an Emergency Physician in northern Colorado.

Dr. Gantner is originally from the great state of New Jersey. She studied political science, science in human culture and premed at Northwestern University. She went on to complete a masters in medical science focused in public health at Drexel University in Philadelphia. From there she graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathy from UMDNJ-SOM and completed residency at university of south Florida in Tampa.

Wm J. Mohr, MD

ABC’s of Burn Care


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Colin Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Treating Hemophilia A in the Emergency Department: Challenges and Opportunities

Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his residency in emergency medicine at OSU. Prior to joining OSU as a full-time faculty member, Dr Kaide served as Assistant Director of the Emergency Department at St. Rita’s Medical Center-Lima Memorial in Lima, Ohio.

Dr Kaide’s areas of clinical expertise include anticoagulation therapy, hematological and oncological disorders, difficult and failed airway management, hyperbaric medicine, and procedural sedation. He is a seasoned lecturer on these topics, and his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his board certification in Emergency and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr Kaide completed advanced training in wound care and is certified by the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Throughout his tenure at OSU, he has been recognized as an outstanding medical educator. Most recently, he was presented with the 2016-2017 Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2017 Scientific Assembly. This annual award is presented to a single faculty member who has consistently demonstrated teaching excellence through performance, versatility, and dependability during ACEP educational meetings throughout the year.

Valeriy Kozmenko, MD

Parry SIM Center – Skills Refresher


Valeriy Kozmenko, M.D., is the director of the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation and has a faculty appointment with internal medicine. He is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning of the center, conducting research and publications in simulation, offering faculty development, and co-leading the scholarship pathways program. He graduated from Lugansk State Medical University (Ukraine) in 1992 and obtained training in anesthesiology and critical care. After moving to the U.S. in 2002, he started his career at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he was quickly promoted to the director of human patient simulation. Dr. Kozmenko's scholarly activity has been well recognized in the international simulation community to include seven book chapters and more than 50 publications and national presentations. He has been recognized for his skills in curriculum design and use of simulation in training medical students, residents and the allied health professions. In 2013, Dr. Kozmenko was awarded a patent on developing an innovative medical simulation computer system.

Nazia Qazi, MD

Liver Failure


Dr. Qazi obtained her medical degree in SKIMS Medical College. She completed her Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and her Fellowship at the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Her interests include education, gender equity and Healthcare policy.

Dr. Qazi served as Chief of Hepatology at the Washington DC VA before moving to the Midwest .She has held Academic Appointments at George Washington University and Howard University in Washington DC and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Qazi was the Residency Program Liaison for MedStar Georgetown University. She is currently practicing as a Transplant Hepatologist in the Midwest.

She is a Fellow of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and American College of physicians (ACP). She Chaired the ACP District of Columbia Scientific Meeting for 4 years and helped craft policy for ACP. She has been part of the Governor’s Advisory Council and presided over the Women in Medicine group.

In recognition of her leadership, work towards gender equity, education and advocacy the ACP awarded her with their prestigious Leadership Award in 2015 and Laureate Award in 2017.

Dr. Qazi has written book chapters in “Liver Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine “and “Contemporary Practice in the Clinical Chemistry”. She has been the recipient of various grants and has published in various academic journals. She has presented at various national and international meetings including AASLD, ACG, AASLD, HIV and Liver Disease.

Arleigh Trainor, MD

Foreign Bodies – You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, and know when to RUN!


Dr. Trainor is a residency graduate of the Emergency Medicine program at Hennepin County Medical Center. She was recently appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Sanford University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Dr. Trainor has held both academic and administrative positions and will bring her wealth of experience to our conference.

Brian Wallenburg, NRP

Parry SIM Center – Skills Refresher


Brian Wallenburg, N.R.P., is the simulation specialist for the Parry Center. He manages multiple mannequins and organizes the setup, breakdown and supplies in the skills lab and the simulation area. His responsibilities also include simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios with faculty instructors, assisting with curriculum development, conducting simulations outside of the simulation lab and maintaining proficiency in emerging simulation technology. Brian received his paramedic certificate from the Avera McKennan School of EMS. He has been involved in health care and health care education since 1999 and has worked for EMS agencies in Sioux Falls and Brookings. He most recently worked as a flight paramedic at Sanford Health as a member of the pediatric, obstetrics and adult critical care teams. Brian is excited to combine his medical knowledge and the effective use of simulation in improving patient safety.

Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Challenges of Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) in the Hospital Setting


Benjamin Wedro, MD has two careers that run parallel. In addition to practicing emergency medicine, publishing research in medical journals and lecturing around the world, his vast involvement speaks to his reputable presence in the medical field.
- Regional trauma center practitioner in La Crosse, Wisconsin
- American Board of Emergency Medicine board certification
- Clinical Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Adjunct Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- Life Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
- Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine and on their national teaching faculty

Dr. Wedro also has a presence in the world of journalism and sports media. He has covered numerous national and international events, including the Summer and Winter Olympics, the Pan Am Games and the FIFA World Cup. His influence spans across the following outlets:
- WebMD (senior writer and editor)
- CBS Sports
- Turner Sports
- CBC Sports
- Athens Olympic Torch Relay Committee