Meet the members of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition / Mission: Lifeline Steering Committee
David R. Burt, MD
Dr. David R. Burt practices Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and is current director of the UVA Chest Pain Center and the UVA-Guatemala Initiative. He is actively involved in STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) outreach & education at local, state and national levels and focuses on the application of system engineering principles to reduce reperfusion times in STEMI. He is the creator of Project UPSTART, a free quality improvement program focused on helping hospitals and systems of care improve care for STEMI patients and also conducts “STEMI BootCamp” seminars (based on these same concepts) across the country. Recently he has been involved in applying these same principals to systems of care for acute stroke and post-arrest hypothermia care at local and national levels.
Prior to working at UVA, Dr. Burt was Associate Director of Emergency and Cardiovascular Medicine for Spectrum Health Systems in Grand Rapids Michigan and also worked at a regional non-PCI center in Fremont, Michigan. A native of Devils Lake, North Dakota, Dr. Burt attended medical school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He then practiced as a volunteer physician for one year in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, on Lake Atitlan. This was followed by emergency medicine residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served as chief resident and worked as a flight physician for AeroMed Flight Services. This was followed by a Cardiovascular Emergencies fellowship at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Burt is a current member of both the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline ECC Taskforce and Advisory Working Group. He is a founding member of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition and is a member of the Virginia Stroke Task Force. He also serves on the board of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and is chair of the Society’s education committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
In addition to his interest in cardiovascular emergencies such as heart attack and stroke, Dr. Burt is the director of the UVA-Guatemala Initiative, a group of faculty and students at the University of Virginia devoted to the development of mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between UVA and the people and communities of Guatemala. Working within the UVA-GI, Dr. Burt and others have developed a series of interdisciplinary programs with a variety of partners in Guatemala each focused on beneficial exchange for all stakeholders. These programs include opportunities for undergraduates, residents, medical students, faculty and staff.
John Dugan, the statewide Mission: Lifeline Director, describes himself as a recovering Yankee. John grew up in a small town outside Syracuse, NY, and graduated from the University of Buffalo. John stayed in Buffalo after graduation, working as a paramedic while also serving as a volunteer fire fighter and becoming certified as an Ice Rescue Diver. John worked for two different private ambulance services and became the Training Manager for one of them for 4 years. Seeking balmier climes, he moved to Chesterfield, VA in 2002 with his wife, Kelly, and two children Shannon (12) and Robbie (11). A current NREMT-P, John still rides actively and works for ESS Inc part-time in Powhatan and Amelia. John is a current VA ALS Coordinator, and a volunteer for Chesterfield Fire & EMS. Just before joining VHAC/ML, John was the QA Coordinator for Chesterfield Fire & EMS for six years. Living in Chesterfield, John is actively involved at Clover Hill Assembly of God and will be leading his 3rd mission trip to Jamaica in Fall 2011. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, golf, cooking and poking a little fun at how panicked most of his Richmond-area friends and neighbors get over just a couple inches of snow.
Michael C. Kontos, MD
Dr. Kontos is an associate professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (formerly Medical College of Virginia) in Richmond, VA and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Emergency Medicine and Radiology. He received his MD degree in 1988, and completed residency and his Cardiology training, including an additional year in echocardiography, at the Medical College of Virginia. His primary research interests are the identification and treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes, with a focus on the applications of imaging, including echocardiography myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac biomarkers for identification and risk stratification. A fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, Dr. Kontos serves as a reviewer for JAMA, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Annals of Emergency Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, as well as other journals. He has served as site investigator on a number of multicenter studies investigating treatment in acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome. He speaks frequently in academic and professional venues. Dr. Kontos has contributed over 100 articles and 100 abstracts for publications in journals that include Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He is editor of the Biomarker community on the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiosource.org web site. He is currently the Medical Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, as well as Co-Director of the Stress Laboratory and Co-Director of the Chest Pain Center.
Peter O’Brien, MD
Dr. O’Brien received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University. He attended the University of Virginia for Medical school, Internship, and Residency training. Dr. O’Brien performed his Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at Wake Forest University. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular and Endovascular Medicine. His interests include peripheral artery disease, coronary and peripheral arterial intervention, and the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. Dr. O’Brien served on the American Heart Association’s National Guideline Writing Committee for Systems of Care Development for Myocardial Infarction and on the American College of Cardiology’s Door to Balloon (D2B) initiative. He is the Director of the Acute MI Program at Centra and is the founding member and current Co-chairman of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition.