Benjamin N. Abo DO, EMT-P, EMTT, FAWM
Doctor Benjamin N. Abo DO has come on board to be our new Medical Director. Dr. Abo started in EMS Mount Laurel EMS as a teenager in high school. After studying Emergency Medicine while working as a paramedic at the University of Pittsburgh, he stayed on as faculty at the Center for Emergency Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine as a researcher and Coordinator of Education in International Emergency Medicine/EMS. He then spent some time abroad living in India just prior to starting medical school in the San Francisco bay area. Graduating with honors from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – California, he took time off prior to residency to start a non-profit in Africa aimed at decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality and trauma. He completed his 4-year emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center – Miami Beach and Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, FL, while completing fellowships in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society. After residency, Dr. Abo completed an EMS fellowship at the University of Florida where he also accepted a full-time position. Throughout all of his training, Dr. Abo has remained clinically active in EMS FL-5 DMAT disaster team, FEMA/Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force 1. He has also remained active as a paramedic with various services globally and continues to do research and lecture globally. This includes being Assistant medical Director for Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, Medical Director for Venom 1 & Venom 2 Units, Assistant Medical Director of Lake County Emergency Services, Associate Medical Director of Technical Rescue for Gainesville Fire Rescue, one of the only four instructors for the Wilderness EMS Medical Directors Course, and honorary medical director of the Surfer’s Medical Association. Dr. Abo has authored numerous chapters including multiple chapters in Wilderness EMS textbooks. He currently oversees medical direction and consultation for a number of projects, services and EMS schools. He has a strong interest in anything EMS, toxicology/venoms, EMS for children, international EM/EMS, mentor-ship, resiliency and sustainability in emergency services, disaster medicine, educational and experiential processes, wilderness/austere medicine and technical rescue practices. Dr. Abo is an innovator in Emergency and Pre-Hospital Medicine and we are ecstatic to have him as one of our Medical Directors.
Joshua G. Corsa MD, NREMT-P, FP-C
Dr. Corsa is a inspirational man, he has worked his way up from Senior Firefighter at Nags Head & Red Oak Fire Departments to a surgeon. Prior to becoming a doctor, Dr. Corsa served as a Flight and Ground Paramedic for the City of Virginia Beach EMS and Combat Medic with the National Guard. Dr. Corsa received his education from Western Carolina University and MD from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Dr. Corsa received his Surgical Internship and Surgical Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Corsa was one of the doctors hard at work saving many lives the night of the Pulse Night Club Shooting massacre. Through all of this, Dr. Corsa still serves his country in the United States Army. Dr. Corsa holds certification as an Instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Flight Paramedic – Certified and Nationally Registered Paramedic.
Corsa, J “Lessons Learned from the Pulse Shooting” Panel Member, TQIP Annual Meet- ing, Orlando, FL 6 November 2016
Corsa, J “The Pulse Shooting: A Personal Perspective” Guest Lecturer, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine 22 July 2016
Alban, R, Corsa, J et al, "Prehospital Intubation is Associated with Higher Mortality in Patients Requiring Massive Transfusions." Poster presented at AAST Annual Meeting 10 Sept 2014
Alban, R, Corsa, J et al, 11 January 2014. “Quality Improvement Protocols Decrease Es- calation of Care Events and Improve Rehabilitation Transfers in Spinal Cord Injury Pa- tients.” Poster Presented at Society of Critical Care Medicine 2014 Annual Clinical Con- gress.
Corsa, J. 22 February 2010. “Bringing the Hospital to the Patient: A History of Prehospi- tal Medicine.” East Carolina University Medical History Lecture Seri
Dr. Corsa's blood stained shoes became a symbol of hope and courage after The Pulse Night Club Shooting.