UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Sylvia Owusu-Ansah MD, MPH is a board- certified pediatrician, pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medical services physician, and currently an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Prehospital Medicine at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is also the pediatric liaision for Pittsburgh EMS.
She has completed several research projects with a recent number of published manuscripts which include pediatric emergency medicine and prehospital care.
She has a strong background in advocacy working closely with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) department of federal affairs over a decade on numerous federal legislative issues including funding for Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), and helped to advance federal legislation for access to epinephrine auto-injectors in schools and worked on the current Maryland school protocol for epinephrine auto-injectors at the state-wide level.
She has been heavily involved in pre-hospital care. Nationally, in relation to policy, she is the lead author on joint collaborative Pediatric Readiness of EMS Systems Technical Report, and co-author on the policy statement and is on the HRSA Pediatric Prehospital Readiness Committee. She is currently a physician board member of the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).
She developed a pediatric educational workshop for pre-hospital providers for the city of Baltimore, spanning a two-year period and taught Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for District of Columbia pre-hospital providers. As an EMS fellow, she served as an assistant medical director to Howard County Maryland. Howard County is between Baltimore and Washington DC and also worked with government agencies such as the United States Secret Service (USSS), United States Marshalls Service (USMS), and United States Immigration and Customs Service (ICE), and staffed the inauguration in the most recent presidential election. She has served as an educator for Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Providers (PEPP) courses, as well as an author for the recent edition. She has been involved on the Maryland and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) programs and is currently on the Pennsylvania EMSC Committee. In addition, she is leading the innovation and development of a prehospital track curriculum within a prehospital emergency medicine fellowship. The track seeks to combine educational, clinical, QI, and research experiences to build a solid foundation in EMS medicine. This PEM-focused program could be adapted for other residency or fellowship programs to provide enhanced EMS education and can serve as a bridge for a combined PEM/EMS fellowship. Involvement in Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) has allowed her to a significant role as co- site PI for Development and Testing of Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Tool (C-spine) NICHD funded PECARN study.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM