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Brian Conner, DO

Brian Conner, DO

EMS Fellow 2023-2024

Fellowship: Emergency Medical Services, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, USA; 2023 – 2024.

Residency: Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA; 2020 – 2023.

Medical School: Campbell University - School of Osteopathic Medicine, Buies Creek, NC, USA; 2016 – 2020.

Undergraduate: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; 2014

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Joseph Endemano, DO

Joseph Endemano, DO

EMS Fellow 2023-2024

Fellowship: Emergency Medical Services, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, USA; 2023 – 2024.

Residency: Emergency Medicine, CHRISTUS Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency, Irving, TX, USA; 2020 – 2023.

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima, WA, USA; 2016 – 2020.

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; 2016


Past Fellows

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Andrew Warren, MD


Dr. Warren is originally from Roswell, GA and first became involved in pre-hospital medicine as a Wilderness First Responder while working for the outdoor recreation group ORGT during his time as an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech. He went on to graduate from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Biology, attended medical school here in Augusta at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed three years of Emergency Medicine Residency at UF Shands in Jacksonville, Florida during the height of the COVID pandemic. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, and racket sports (tennis, racquetball, pickleball) and is excited for another year back in Augusta and at AUMC.

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Ricardo Hughes, MD

International EMS Fellow (2022-2023)

Dr. Hughes, originally from Panama City, Panama, became involved in prehospital care in 1996 when he enrolled as a volunteer for the National Red Cross. After two years of training, he got into the rescue unit while at the same time getting 2 years of Computer engineering studies. He then decided to apply successfully for medical school at Columbus University. After medical school, he did a residency for Emergency Medicine at the Metropolitan hospital, University of Panama. During that time, he worked in EMS systems in Bogota, Colombia and Pittsburgh, PA.

He has been working in EM for Metropolitan Hospital since 2009, and at the same working for the Panamanian National EMS system with the position of National Chief for Emergency Medical System for the Ministry of Health. Dr. Hughes is Liaison for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Panama.

He has enjoyed Georgia since he was a teenager during the time visiting his grandfather (Dad´s side is from US) placed in Hawkinsville.

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Patrick Loeffler, MD


Patrick "Trick" Loeffler was born in Riverdale, GA and graduated with Highest Honors from Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, GA. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a D1 varsity student athlete and captain of its cheerleading team. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in June 2021. He enjoys swimming, paddle boarding the canal, and reading overly-long fantasy and science fiction novels.

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Matthew Talbott, DO


Matt Talbott, originally from Richmond, VA, first became involved with EMS while in high school. He was a member of the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad for twelve years as an Attendant-in-Charge, Driver, and Crew Chief. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). While at VMI, he served as the Cadet-in-Charge of the Emergency Response Team. He obtained his Doctorate of Osteopathy from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He was the Chief of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC of which he graduated in June of 2021. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife (Maddy), hunting, fishing, playing trivia, making memes, and losing balls on the golf course.
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Peter Bui, MD


Fellowship: Emergency Medical Services, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, USA; 2020-2021.

Residency: Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 2017-2020.

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA; 2014-2017.

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 2010-2014.

Emergency Medical Services Interests:

- military medicine.
- disaster medicine.
- tactical medicine.

Future Goals:

- emergency medical services medical director.

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Vijay Reddy, MD


Vijay was born in Waterbury, CT, but calls the Metro Atlanta area his home. He graduated from The Heritage School in Newnan, GA, before attending Emory University for his undergraduate studies in chemistry and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University for his M.D. degree. He stayed at MCG for his Emergency Medicine residency as well as his EMS fellowship. He has interest in event medicine as well as EMS operations, quality and systems improvement, and government advocacy.

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Bradley Golden, DO


As a native Texan Bradley started his medical career in the emergency medicine services at the age of 17, volunteering for his city’s EMS. Bradley graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with high honors from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department for 5 years. While working as a nurse, he become passionate about education and taught as a faculty associate for the Texas Tech University School of Nursing. In 2015 he graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Bradley completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA. While at Conemaugh he was the resident medical director of MedSTAR and taught many classes for local fire and EMS departments. 

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Becky Abell, MD


Becky graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Coastal Carolina University and accepted an Army Health Professions Scholarship to obtain her Doctorate in Medicine from The Medical University of South Carolina. She went on to complete her residency in Emergency Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center while on Active Duty in the Army in 2010.

Becky spent over a decade serving the U.S. Military in several operational assignments including several years stationed at the 121 Combat Support Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. During that time she served as the Director of EMS as well as Medical Director for the EMT, Combat Medic Advanced Skills and Combat Life Saver Programs.

She separated from the Army in 2014 while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. She worked in community practice for several years at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus prior to deciding to return to academics and pursue her interest in EMS, Disaster, and Operational Medicine. In addition to her responsibilities as the fellow, she works as an Emergency Medicine Physician at Augusta University and enjoys getting the opportunity to teach the residents. She is the Associate Medical Director for Air Methods Helicopter Service, South Star Ambulance Service, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

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Kerry Bachista, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-P


Born and raised in New Jersey, Kerry started his medical career in the emergency medicine services at a young age.  He became a volunteer EMT at age of 16; by the age of 18 he was a paramedic.  While attending the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies, and during medical school, Kerry continued to work in the field as a paramedic. After graduating from the University of Florida with high honor for his degrees in Microbiology and Nutrition, he obtained his Doctorate in Medicine from the Florida State University College of Medicine.  He then went on to residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville where he participated in numerous EMS improvement projects; and completed a published research project in prehospital cardiac arrest improvements.  He gave many prehospital directed lectures, and authored a chapter in the textbook:  Emergency Medical Services:  Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight.

After residency Kerry stayed on as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville working both in the community setting and the academic setting.  He was medical director of the prehospital and EMS programs at Florida State College in Jacksonville, participated in EMS STEMI response improvement initiatives, and taught disaster life support.

Kerry and his family moved to Savannah three years ago where he worked for the US Army at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.  There as medical director of Ft. Stewart / Hunter Army Airfield EMS he oversaw protocol provisions and instituted QA/QI development.  Kerry has spent the last two years working as an attending physician at Memorial University Medical center in Savannah, Georgia.

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Joanna Adams, MD


Dr. Joanna Adams was our inaugural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellow!

Joanna was born in Richmond, Virginia and traveled around the US and overseas before settling back in Windsor, Virginia. She attended the University of Mary Washington and graduated with honors in Chemistry in 2005. Then she attended graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Pharmacy where she completed her degree of Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry in 2007. During college and graduate school she obtained an EMT-B certification and volunteered with Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad for a number of years while working as an ER tech at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. In 2011 she graduated from VCU also known as the Medical College of Virginia with her degree of Doctor of Medicine. Joanna completed the Emergency Medicine Residency program at Augusta University also known as the Medical College of Georgia in 2014 and stayed on as the inaugural EMS fellow graduating in July 2015.  Joanna currently lives in Greenville, NC working at ECU Brody School of Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and is the Assistant Medical Director of Vidant EastCare.  Joanna is boarded in Emergency Medicine and has her subspecialty board certification in EMS.