Alaxander P. Isakov, MD, MPH - Consultant

Dr. Isakov is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He subsequently completed a two-year prehospital/emergency medical services fellowship at Boston EMS. His Master of Public Health degree is in international health from Boston University. His areas of expertise include clinical emergency medicine and prehospital and disaster medicine. His professional experience includes service as an officer in the United States Navy, consulting for the CDC, deploying with the National Disaster Medical System, and providing leadership in EMS and disaster response throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Dr. Isakov is the founding director of the Emory Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), which reports to the University president and serves as the center for Emory enterprise-wide planning for and coordinated response to catastrophic events. CEPAR partners with the community to address all hazards, including natural disasters, human-caused catastrophic events and public health emergencies. Dr. Isakov also co-founded and directs Emory’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, whose team of EMS fellowship trained emergency medicine physicians provide medical oversight for the 911 emergency ground and air ambulance responders in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He concurrently serves as the medical director for Air Life Georgia and Sandy Springs Fire Rescue, and is associate medical director for Grady EMS where he founded and directs its Bio-Safety Transport Program, which supports Emory University, the CDC, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the transport of individuals who pose a serious communicable disease risk. He has served on the faculty of the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support program and has provided direct medical support for federal law enforcement special operations. Dr. Isakov is often invited to chair and participate in programs regionally, nationally and internationally. He serves on the Georgia Pandemic Flu Coordinating Committee, the Georgia Altered Standards of Care Work Group, and the Georgia EMS Medical Director’s Advisory Committee. He leads the Academic-Community Partnership for Sustainable Preparedness and Response Systems project of the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. He led the team that developed SORT, the Strategy for Off-site Rapid Triage, designed to triage patients during flu pandemics that was featured on interactive websites hosted by the Microsoft Corporation and the US Department of Health and Human Services during the 2009 flu pandemic. He has provided consultation for the CDC, the WHO, USAID and the IOM on projects related to emergency response. Dr. Isakov practices clinically in the emergency departments of Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s primary safety net hospital and level I trauma center and Emory University Hospital.

Jim Ellis, MD, FACEP - Senior Consultant


Dr. Jim Ellis received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, his medical degree from Louisiana State University, and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.  His experience in professional and college sports includes the NFL, NCAA basketball, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the LPGA, World Cup Soccer, and both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.  During the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996, Dr. Ellis was Medical Director of the Olympic Stadium and Co-Chairman of the Olympic Medical Support Group.  He recently worked as a consultant to Sochi 2014, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and also worked with Russia for their 2018 World Cup Soccer Bid.  Dr. Ellis just completed his 20th year with Medical Sports Group, coordinating team medical care for the NFL at the Super Bowl.  He is preparing for his 11th season as the emergency physician for the Atlanta Falcons.  Dr. Ellis has given lectures nationally on emergency care of the athlete and published numerous journal articles and book chapters on Venue and Sports Medicine, including “Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletic Medicine” in the Journal of Athletic Training and the sports medicine chapter in the textbook Emergency Department Management.  He has been an officer with the American College of Emergency Physicians Sports Medicine Section.  Currently, Dr. Ellis serves as the Medical Director of Ambulatory Practice with the Greenville Health System, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the USC School of Medicine and faculty with the Steadman Hawkins Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.  He is a member of the NFL Team Physicians Society. 

Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP - Chairman and Founder

After creating an integrated medical response system from Stanford Stadium, he has been the senior medical advisor for the NFL's Super Bowl since 1988, focusing on emergency services, spectator care, disaster planning and injury prevention. Over the years, he has overseen medical prevention and response planning for Super Bowls around the nation. He has provided venue medical planning and management for professional , collegiate, and Olympic events. Dr. Martinez is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.


Eric Ossmann, MD - Consultant

Eric Ossmann is practicing emergency physician with over 19 years’ leadership experience in prehospital and disaster medicine. Dr. Ossmann has been involved in emergency medical services at the local, state and national level throughout his career. His background includes all aspects of out-of-hospital care and disaster medicine with a focus on the integration of emergency medical services into a community-based health care delivery system. Education & Training • DePauw University, B.A. • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) • Methodist Hospital, Indiana University, Emergency Medicine Residency (Chief Resident) • Carolinas Medical Center, Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Past & Current Appointments • Emory University • Duke University

Government or Military Experience • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) • Federal Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) Areas of Focus • International Trauma System Assessment and Design • Medical Oversight of Emergency Medical Services • Medical Contingency Planning for Bombing and Blast Events • Medical Oversight for Professional Sporting Events • Facility Emergency Medical Response Planning Publications • Western Journal of Emergency Medicine • Journal of Emergencies • Trauma and Shock • Circulation (AHA) • Prehospital Emergency Care • Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America • USA Today (Quoted) • Atlanta Journal Constitution (Quoted)

Ed Klima, CEM - Venue Management Consultant


Mr. Klima specializes in venue needs and capabilities assessments for emergency preparedness as well as developing comprehensive public/private partnerships in emergency preparedness and response at mass gathering events. Mr. Klima has served as the External Affairs Director for the Congressional fire Services Institute. He is an original member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 610 Committee, Safety Motorsports Venue and the Nascar Security Council. Mr. KIima currently serves as the Director of Emergency Services for Dover Motorsports, Inc., the third largest owner/promoter of motorsports in the U.S.

John Ritter, NRP, CCHP -  Logistics Consultant


Mr. Ritter joined Medical Sports Group during the summer of 2003. His experience began in 1981 providing medical care as a front line responder at the University of Notre Dame. John has experience with the Fire Service and extensive history with private ground and air ambulance operational logistics, disaster planning and incident command systems. Previous major event/venue experience includes; The Seventh International Special Olympic Summer Games, South Bend, Indiana, The 2001 International Senior Games, Baton Rouge, LA. Mr. Ritter also managed stadium and arena medical operations for Louisiana State University from 1993-2004.

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Matt Bitner, MD - Consultant

Matt Bitner is a practicing emergency physician with a background in clinical operations, emergency medical response planning, prehospital operations, mass gathering/event medicine and global trauma systems design. Additional focus areas include adult learning strategies, instructional system design and utilization of technology in education. His strategic planning and operations experience ranges from providing medical oversight for professional world-class cycling events and internationally recognized marathons to supervising EMS services for public and private sector entities. Education & Training • Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. (Phi Beta Kappa) • University of Miami School Of Medicine, M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) • Emory University, Emergency Medicine Residency (Chief Resident) • Emory University, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Fellowship • University of Cincinnati College of Education, M.Ed. Past & Current Appointments • Emory University • Duke University Areas of Focus • Designing/Implementing Emergency Response Training Programs • Global Emergency Medicine System Analysis and Design • Medical Oversight for Professional Sporting Events • Facility Emergency Medical Response Planning Publications • New England Journal of Medicine • Annals of Emergency Medicine • Prehospital Emergency Care • Prehospital and Disaster Medicine