2019 SCWSS Keynote Speakers

Justin has been an ocean lifeguard since 1996. While in medical school, he founded Lifeguards Without Borders and serves as their Executive Director. He is also the Medical Director for the International Surf Lifesaving Association and Starguard Elite. He works as an Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Director for the Emergency Department in rural Idaho.

Justin has been an ocean lifeguard since 1996. While in medical school, he founded Lifeguards Without Borders and serves as their Executive Director. He is also the Medical Director for the International Surf Lifesaving Association and Starguard Elite. He works as an Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Director for the Emergency Department in rural Idaho.

Justin Sempsrott, MD

"Drowning Resuscitation: A Practical Approach”

The resuscitation of drowning persons is often misunderstood and requires a slightly different approach than standard CPR. This session will discuss the history, physiology, and treatment of fatal and non-fatal drowning. This session is appropriate for all levels of training from non-medical parents to EMT’s to Lifeguards to Doctors and everyone in between. Session will include videos of actual drowning patients. 

Linda Quan MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA where she was chief of the emergency department for 26 years. She has received federal and foundation funding for her research and projects in prehospital care and drowning prevention involving adolescents, ethnic/racial minorities, and life jacket use. Her research has focused on the epidemiology of drowning, pediatric and drowning resuscitation. She has worked with the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, ILCOR, WHO and led statewide drowning prevention programs in Washington State identifying the problem of open water drowning prevention. She continues to work on legislative and policy approaches to drowning prevention. She is presently vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross and a member of its Aquatic subcouncil and a member of the Medical Committee of the International Lifesaving Society, Irish Lifesaving Foundation and Watersafety USA.

Linda Quan MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA where she was chief of the emergency department for 26 years. She has received federal and foundation funding for her research and projects in prehospital care and drowning prevention involving adolescents, ethnic/racial minorities, and life jacket use. Her research has focused on the epidemiology of drowning, pediatric and drowning resuscitation. She has worked with the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, ILCOR, WHO and led statewide drowning prevention programs in Washington State identifying the problem of open water drowning prevention. She continues to work on legislative and policy approaches to drowning prevention. She is presently vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross and a member of its Aquatic subcouncil and a member of the Medical Committee of the International Lifesaving Society, Irish Lifesaving Foundation and Watersafety USA.

Linda Quan, MD

"Drowning prevention interventions: what works and why data should be your friend"

This talk will identify which Drowning prevention interventions work. It will show how data can work for you to assess your program’s effectiveness and to show stakeholders, including funders, that it is making a difference.


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Speakers, sessions, and topics subject to change.

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