New Board Members

Congratulations to our new board members!

EMRA appreciates extraordinary leaders that are eager to share their expertise, vision and passion to move our organization forward.


Omar Z. Maniya, MD, MBA

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As Emergency Physicians, we’re the front line of health care. We see the human toll that theoretical arguments over healthcare reform, immigration, and the opioid epidemic have on our communities. And that’s why our perspective is so valuable.
More importantly, as Residents we’re not married to the status quo; we can imagine the world the way it should be, not just the way it is.

Our specialty, and our healthcare system, are better off when our perspectives are heard. That’s why I’m running, so we have more seats at the table and a louder voice on the healthcare and public health issues we care about.

In addition to 2 years in EMRA, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have served as the youngest member of the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees representing 250,000 physicians during the fight to save Obamacare and DACA, earned an MBA, and named a “40 Under 40” Healthcare Innovator for startup work.

I’d love to take those lessons, along with your great ideas, to improve our amazing organization by:

  1. Increasing our Advocacy Footprint
  2. Stengthening EMRA's Finances
  3. Fostering MedEd Innovation through Competitions

It would be an honor to continue serving you,


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Vice-Speaker of the Council

Nathan Payam Vafaie, MD

Nathan Vafaie

I found myself at bedside, seeing a patient with osteomyelitis and an impressive diabetic foot ulcer. I then looked up to appreciate an individual, an impoverished mother, who informed me that she only takes diabetes medication when pregnant because she spends her money on her kids and has no health insurance. Circumstances like these are the driving force behind my entire professional life.

Because what physicians can accomplish is so often determined by the system in which they work, I found myself drawn to the intersection of policy and advocacy early. Out of college, I worked as a healthcare lobbyist in Washington, DC for an umbrella organization made up of over 115 patient groups, pharmaceutical companies, and professional associations. Working in support of our mission to provide a united voice for chronic disease patients, I analyzed healthcare policy to find areas for systemic improvement, built broad coalitions, and advocated for those changes on Capitol Hill.

Those experiences helped underscore the importance of organized medicine, leading me to take on roles with EMRA, TCEP, and ACEP during residency. I hope to use a position on the EMRA Board to enhance my knowledge of and engagement with EM specific organizations and leverage my experiences to further the interests of our specialty just as I did as a full-time advocate: through coalition building, evidence based action, and enhancing value for members.


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Secretary/Editor, EM Resident

Tommy Eales, DO

Tommy Eales

As the voice of emergency physicians in training, EMRA relies on an experienced Secretary/ Editor to unify the many different voices that make our organization great. It has been a privilege to hold multiple leadership positions within EMRA as a resident and medical student, and I am confident that my experience has prepared me with the unique skill set necessary to succeed in this exciting and challenging role.

As a contributing author and former section editor of EM Resident, I understand the quality and standard of writing that is expected of our publications. As Secretary/ Editor, I will make it my legacy to increase the reach of EM Resident magazine and expand our growing online presence to solidify our role as the premier resource for resident-generated emergency medicine content. I will accomplish this by increasing our presence in the FOAM community.

Working with EMRA has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, and it would be an incredible honor to continue serving alongside my friends and colleagues as Secretary/ Editor. During my term, I will uphold the high standard for EMRA publications and work tirelessly to ensure that every voice is heard. Thank you for your consideration.


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Director of Education

Sara Paradise, MD

Sara Paradise

I still remember the day when a mentor at my residency program took me aside my 2nd year and said: “Sara, what are you going to do when you grow up?” I knew I wanted to stay in academics, and he encouraged me to consider medical education. “Medical education? What’s that?” I thought.

A few hours of ‘googling’ later, I learned about EMRA’s Medical Education Committee. I contacted them, and was instantly engaged by the committee leaders. I began working on the coolest projects, including the resident speaking competition “20 in 6” and writing an article for EM Resident magazine. Fast forward two years later, and I’ve even more engaged and involved in shaping the EMRA Education Committee.

What I learned through this jumpstart into the ‘med ed’ world was that EMRA people were “my people” and truly helped me shape my own passion for the field. It is a special organization where there is no limit to creativity; there aren’t “No’s” and “We can’t”, but rather “How can we?”

I feel privileged to be in a position in life where I have the time, passion, and commitment to an organization where I can mentor others into a similar field that I have grown to love. I am certain that serving on the EMRA Board of Directors will allow me to share this field with others and continue to provide high quality educational innovations that residents need to succeed.


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Director of Technology

Nick Salerno, MD

Nick Salerno

I am honored to have the opportunity to run for the position of Director of Technology. Considering the persistent effort EMRA makes to better improve member communication and expand service offerings, I see this role as one of great responsibility.

Over the past two years I have been active on the EMRA leadership team. First, as Southwest Region Representative on the Medical Student Council, and presently, as Simulation Division Vice Chair. Prior to medical school I worked in business healthcare, involved in projects pertaining to website and iPhone app development, EMR customization, and informatics. These experiences primed me to be able to effectively serve you, by demonstrating my ability to work well with EMRA leadership, and by establishing the skillset needed to be successful in this particular role.

Both our past and present EMRA leaders have done an unprecedented job in making this the best resident organization in existence. And now, I humbly seek to serve you as Director of Technology. I will strive to preserve and improve upon the great work of my predecessors. Additionally, I will listen to you, EMRA’s members, so we can identify novel ways to further address your needs.


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Ex-Officio Board Member

Geoff Comp, DO, FAWM

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My main goal will be to develop programming and guidance to help residents develop into exceptional leaders in their residencies and future careers. I am excited to work with the executive council as well as individual committees and division leaders to help EMRA members explore their interests within emergency medicine. I look forward to enhancing leadership development and education through input and collaboration with residents and students across the country. I plan to focus on educational experiences and robust committee and division opportunities—all with the goal of assisting emergency medicine residents and interested students progress through their training.


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