Medical direction program

The Center for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides comprehensive EMS medical direction, quality improvement and systems design services for local EMS agencies and the communities they serve. This vital role helps to improve the quality of care patients receive in the pre-hospital setting.

The EMS physicians at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are board certified emergency physicians with extensive training and EMS experience. Each has completed the requirements set forth by the State of Ohio for the position of medical director and has knowledge and training in the following areas:

  • Medical aspects of care consistent with the mission profile of both ground and air ambulance services
  • Aspects of ground service EMS units, including pertinent regulatory and safety issues, vehicle capabilities, and equipment requirements and performance
  • Operational aspects of communications equipment and dispatch procedures
  • Training in prehospital and interhospital transport issues and laws
  • Medical control and medical command issues, such as protocols, standing orders, triage and the capabilities of care providers
  • Quality improvement theories and applications

EMS Fellowship

The EMS Fellowship Program prepares emergency physicians to be leaders in prehospital care. Fellows gain excellent clinical experience in the prehospital setting by working with local EMS agencies to gain experience with ground, critical care and aeromedical transport.

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Medical Directors

Dick_Michael_460x460Michael Dick, MD
Medical Director – Ohio State Center for EMS
Medical Director – Upper Arlington Fire Department

For more than 20 years, I have been thoroughly interested in emergency medicine and critical care, which has consumed much of my time on an academic and research level.

I completed my undergraduate degree and medical degree at The Ohio State University and the College of Medicine. I then went on to complete both my residency in emergency medicine and fellowship in critical care at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.


Larrimore_Ashley_460x460Ashley Larrimore, MD
Medical Director – MedFlight of Ohio
Medical Director – Newark Fire Department
Medical Director – Whitehall Division of Fire
Assistant Medical Director – Clinton Township Fire Department

I’m an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

I completed my undergraduate degrees at The George Washington University with dual majors in biology and religion. I received my medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine followed by a residency in emergency medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a fellowship in emergency medical services at the University of Cincinnati.

I have a particular interest in air medical transport and have previously flown as a flight physician with UMass Memorial Life Flight and University of Cincinnati AirCare and am medical director at MedFlight of Ohio.


Boulger_Creagh_460x460Creagh Boulger, MD
Medical Director – Columbus State Community College EMS Program

As a physician, my areas of interest include trauma, EMS and ultrasound. I currently serve as medical director for the Paramedic Training Program at Columbus State Community College.

I was born and raised in central Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry and childhood studies from Case Western Reserve University. I continued my education in Dayton, Ohio, earning a medical degree from Wright State University. Following medical school, I did my residency here at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

I love travel and any outdoor adventure, especially backpacking and boating. My husband, Nick, and I have a very spirited daughter, Rowan, and dog, Cooper.


Key_Craig_460x460Craig Key, MD
Medical Director – Clinton Township Fire Department
Medical Director – National Trail Raceway

My undergraduate education led to a degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University. After that, I obtained my medical degree from The Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo Medical School). Following medical school, I completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. Then I traveled to Houston to participate in an emergency medical services fellowship under the direction of Dr. Paul Pepe and remained there for five years as associate medical director of the Houston Fire Department.

Currently, I’m on faculty with The Ohio State University College of Medicine as assistant professor of emergency medicine. I enjoy teaching residents and participating with local EMS agencies. Among my academic activities, I have authored or contributed to many publications and professional presentations concerning the subject of out-of-hospital cardiac care and the need for early recognition, response and treatment of heart attacks. I have also developed and implemented research concerning the subject of out-of-hospital resuscitation and emergency medical dispatch.

I’m now drawing on my undergraduate training in electrical engineering as I become more interested in the application of technology to medicine and EMS. I have developed numerous websites and written iPhone apps dealing with teaching and practicing medicine.


Panchal_Ashish_460x460Ashish Panchal, MD
Medical Director – Delaware County EMS

I’m an associate professor of emergency medicine for the Department of Emergency Medicine. I’m passionate about improving patient outcomes in the prehospital setting, and conducting research focused on prehospital airway management and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest. I began my career as a researcher, and completed a PhD in cardiovascular physiology at Case Western Reserve University. Following this, I completed my medical training and residency at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Currently, I’m heavily involved in prehospital care being the EMS medical director for Delaware County EMS and the Delaware County Dispatch Center as well as associate medical director for the Worthington Fire Department. At The Ohio State University, I’m the program director for the ACGME-accredited EMS fellowship. On a national level, I’m the research and fellowship director for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and part of the expert panels for the National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision Project and the Evidence-Based Guideline for Naloxone. I’m also a member of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Scientific Subcommittee and am the chair of the 2018 AHA/ECC Guidelines Focused Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.


Travis SharkeyTravis Sharkey, MD, PhD
Assistant Medical Director – OSU Center for EMS
Assistant Medical Director – Worthington Fire Department

Dr. Sharkey started his educational pathway in computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering studying signal processing and artificial intelligence techniques. This led to his PhD in biomedical engineering while obtaining his MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at The Ohio State University. He completed both his emergency medicine residency and EMS fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center before returning as faculty. As an EMS physician, he focuses on strengthening educational opportunities directed at real-world experiences of our local EMS providers. As a researcher, he is investigating the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to support accurate and efficient dispatch of EMS providers to get the right resources to the right people at the right time.


Brooke MoungeyBrooke Moungey, MD
Medical Director – Union County Group
Associate Medical Director – Columbus State Community College EMS Program
Associate Medical Director – Delaware County EMS



Douglas Run, MD Professor Emeritus
Medical Director – Worthington Fire Department


Leo Boggs, MD
Medical Director – Jerome Township Division of Fire


James Ryan, MD
Medical Director – Muirfield Village Golf Club, Memorial Tournament


EMS Fellows

Nichole McAllister, MD
EMS Fellow


CEMS Staff

Diehl_LoganLogan Diehl, RN, BSN, EMT-P
Senior Outreach Coordinator, Center for EMS

Logan brings nearly 20 years of experience to the Center for EMS, including emergency department nursing, EMS, air medical services, firefighting and education. A registered nurse and paramedic, he holds a unique perspective of hospital and prehospital operations and leads innovative and collaborative environments to advance EMS care. Logan is a graduate of Ohio University and Columbus State Community College and is completing graduate studies at The Ohio State University.



Tyler Tumberg, MBA, MHATyler Tumberg, MBA, MHA
Manager, Emergency Department Business & Operations, Center for EMS

Prior to starting his role at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Tyler was the administrative fellow in the two-year joint administrative fellowship program between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. During his fellowship, he led a number of operational and strategic initiatives while reporting to each organization’s leadership. He’s a graduate of the University of Dayton where he earned a bachelor of science, and of Saint Louis University where he earned master’s degrees in business and health administration.



Acker_Troy-724x840Troy Acker
Ohio CARES Coordinator

Troy Acker is the state coordinator for Ohio CARES, a position housed within the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Center for EMS. He has also served communities as a firefighter/paramedic since 2004. His professional interests include EMS education and research.



Dick_Michael_460x460Michael Dick, MD
Medical Director – Ohio State Center for EMS
Medical Director – Upper Arlington Fire Department

For more than 20 years, I have been thoroughly interested in emergency medicine and critical care, which has consumed much of my time on an academic and research level.

I completed my undergraduate degree and medical degree at The Ohio State University and the College of Medicine. I then went on to complete both my residency in emergency medicine and fellowship in critical care at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.



Travis SharkeyTravis Sharkey, MD, PhD
Assistant Medical Director – OSU Center for EMS
Assistant Medical Director – Worthington Fire Department

Dr. Sharkey started his educational pathway in computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering studying signal processing and artificial intelligence techniques. This led to his PhD in biomedical engineering while obtaining his MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at The Ohio State University. He completed both his emergency medicine residency and EMS fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center before returning as faculty. As an EMS physician, he focuses on strengthening educational opportunities directed at real-world experiences of our local EMS providers. As a researcher, he is investigating the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to support accurate and efficient dispatch of EMS providers to get the right resources to the right people at the right time.

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