Vote!

At its meeting in April, the Board identified six physicians for the 2016 slate of candidates for the three positions available on the Board.

ACOEP active members can click here to vote for their board choice after reviewing the information below. Online voting will be open until October 25th. Attendees of ACOEP’s Scientific Assembly will be able to vote onsite on Wednesday, November 2nd until 3:00pm.

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Below are the candidate bios, as well as a video from each individual.


Your 2016 Candidates

Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP

Dr. Acosta is currently completing his first term on the ACOEP Board of Directors and serves as Secretary of the College, a position to which he was elected last fall.  He also represents the emergency medicine profession on ACGME’s Osteopathic Principles Committee, and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and Council on Continuing Medical Education.  Dr. Acosta has a strong background in graduate medical education through his experience as core faculty at the St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, and has extensive undergraduate experience at NYCOM, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

A strong supporter of the Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Acosta served as President for two terms and now sits on the Foundation as its Immediate Past President.  He continues to support and conduct research for the Foundation and often acts as a judge in its competitions.

Presently, Dr. Acosta works in Yakima, Washington as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department and as the Regional Vice President for Medical Affairs for The Schumacher Clinical Partners.  Active in EMS, serving as the Yakima County EMS Medical Director and sits on the Washington Osteopathic Board for Medicine and Surgery.

When asked about continuing service on the Board, Dr. Acosta replied, “I hope that I get re-elected because I feel my job isn’t complete on the Board.  It’s such a privilege to be on the Board and have the opportunity to represent our members on the West Coast and know that my voice is heard by the organization.  I am proud to be an osteopathic emergency physician and to represent the ACOEP and its members.”

Gregory Joseph Beirne, DO, FACOEP

DrBeirneDr. Beirne is a current member of the ACOEP Board, completing his first term. Dr. Beirne, who goes by Joe, has served as the Chair of the Emergency Medical Services Committee and on the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, but his real passion is EMS.

Dr. Beirne began his medical career as a paramedic for a hospital-based EMS system in St. Louis. He eventually became a shift supervisor and a paramedic program instructor. He did his medical training at the Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and did an emergency medicine residency at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation he stayed on as core faculty and then moved to his current position as an attending physician and EMS Medical Director and EMS Education Director at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

His history with EMS has come full-circle as he is now also the Medical Director for St. Louis Community College EMS program and EMS Medical Director for Respond Right EMS Academy, a privately owned EMS training program. Dr. Beirne also serves the people of St. Louis as a member of the Metro Area Advisory Council of EMS, which consists of medical directors who work to continuously improve the quality of pre-hospital care in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Dr. Beirne’s goal to represent the interests of all ACOEP members and to provide his experience, knowledge, and leadership to the students and residents, who are the future of our College.

Stephanie L. Davis, DO, FACOEP

Dr. Davis is currently Vice Chair of ACOEP’s Emergency Medical Services Committee, and as the EMS representative on the Committee on CME she is working to bring a unique experience to the Scientific Assembly in 2016 – an Active Shooter Workshop. As a trauma physician in a rural setting, she has expertise in not only emergency medicine and trauma, but also emergency medical services.

Dr. Davis is currently developing a Stroke Center at her hospital, Cameron Regional Medical Center in Missouri. She has extensive EMS experience working with several ambulance services and serving as Medical Director to several others. She is also an active member of ACOEP’s Council for Women in Emergency Medicine.

As a Board member she will bring her unique skills as a rural emergency physician to the College, as well as her perspective of handling a wide range of cases and injuries not seen in urban or university-based programs. She is a graduate of the Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Michigan and of the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri.

Nicole Y. Ottens, DO, FACOEP

Dr. Ottens is the current New Physicians in Practice Publications Subcommittee Chair and in the last five years on this committee helped it grow from a special interest group to a committee with a subcommittees and an educational track at ACOEP’s Scientific Assembly. She is also a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee.

Dr. Ottens has served as an ACOEP Student Board Member, the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees Resident Member, Chair of the Council of Interns and Residents within the AOA, and has been a delegate to AOA’s House of Delegates. She has served as a board member for the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (IOMS) as a student, resident and district trustee for two different districts. She has also chaired the IOMS Education Committee.

Dr. Ottens is a physician at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. She is boarded in emergency medicine and family medicine. She’s an ACOEP fellow and a Clinical Affiliate Faculty Member at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a wife, and mom to Brady, Bailey and Olivia. In her spare time, she is a runner and triathlete.

Jeremy D. Tucker, DO, FACOEP, FACOI

Dr. Tucker is the current Chair of the Practice Management Committee and also represents ACOEP on ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Practice Committee. He is the Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as National Medical Director for Patient Safety for US Acute Care Solutions.

His passion is to grow healthcare companies by focusing on process, company culture, efficiency and team building. He has expertise on clinical practice, leadership development, patient safety, quality, and risk mitigation. Technology is an important tool and he has expertise on leveraging technology to solve healthcare problems.

Dr. Tucker is on the board of Fruit Street Health, PBC, Co-Founder of Medssenger and board of trustees for US Acute Care Solutions PAC, and is currently involved with multiple tech start-ups.

Dr. Tucker is a graduate of the emergency medicine/internal medicine residency program at Midwestern University and is certified in both specialty areas. He has numerous publications on practice management and has lectured widely on these topics.

Christopher P. Zabbo, DO, FACOEP, FACEP

Dr. Zabbo is currently the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. He has a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine faculty appointment at UNECOM. He has been a member of the ACOEP’s Committee on Graduate Medical Education since 2011, and now serves as the Vice Chair. He is also the current President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Zabbo has extensive leadership experience having served on the Board of Directors for Healthcentric Advisors and Toll Gate Indemnity.

Dr. Zabbo graduated from the Emergency Medicine Residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. As a physician he has an extensive background in research, publishing numerous papers and projects during and since the end of his training in 2008.

Dr. Zabbo is dedicated to emergency medicine education at both the undergraduate and postdoctoral levels. He believes that with the impending move toward single accreditation for graduate medical education, it is imperative to strengthen our relationship with medical students to stimulate enduring membership in our College. Continuing to raise our College’s educational events to the next level remains one of Dr. Zabbo’s goals. His advocacy efforts to improve GME funding and increase emergency medicine residency positions are ongoing.