Robert Takla, MD, MBA, FACEP
Chief of Emergency Department
Dr. Takla graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan and was an Angell Scholar in the college of Literature Science and Art. After a year at University of California, San Francisco, he returned to attend medical school at the University of Michigan followed by residency in emergency medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Takla joined the staff at St John Hospital and Medical Center in 1996 and has served in numerous leadership and faculty roles including Clinical Assistant Professor at both Michigan State University and Wayne State University of School of Medicine. He was the former Medical Director of Region 2 North Bio-defense network for the State of Michigan as well as medical director for pre-hospital and tactical EMS.
Dr. Takla returned to school to earn his business degree graduating with honors from the Executive MBA program at the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business. He is a certified physician executive through ACPE and is currently the Chair and Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at St John Hospital and Medical Center.
As Medical Director, his goal is to continuously improve patient care, patient satisfaction, and efficiency in the emergency center. His other interests include medical malpractice reviews, mentoring undergraduate students, disaster planning and preparedness, and lecturing on antiplatelets and antithrombotics in acute coronary syndrome.
He serves on the advisory board for ED Management, Kids on Go, and the Sauve Art Foundation. His other outside interests include scuba diving and volleyball.
Robert B Dunne, MD, FACEP
Vice Chief of Emergency Department
Robert Dunne graduated from the University of Michigan’s Inteflex program (a combined bachelors degree MD program). He completed emergency medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital In Detroit, MI where he was chief resident. He has served as EMS coordinator, associate program director and research director. He has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University He is currently the vice chief of emergency medicine and St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He is the author of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and educational materials. He lectures extensively on EMS, preparedness and topics in trauma and emergency medicine. Dr Dunne has served as a tactical medical physician for the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Special Response Team and the Michigan FBI SWAT team. He has served as faculty for the basic SWAT course. Robert Dunne is a supervisory medical officer on MI-1 Disaster Medical Assistance team, a federal medical team. He has been deployed for many Hurricanes from 1997 to the present, including Katrina, the World Trade Center response and many special events.
He serves on the NDMS senior medical policy work group. He serves on the State of Michigan Emergency Medical Services Coordinating Committee, where he is the co- author of the State Model Weapons of Mass Destruction Treatment protocols. He is President of Michigan’s ACEP chapter. He has also serves on the ACEP Disaster Committee nationally.
Patricia Petrella Nouhan MD, FACEP
Residency Program Director
Advisor: third year residents
Dr. Nouhan graduated from the University of Michigan undergraduate, Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her EM/IM combined residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.
Upon completing residency, Dr. Nouhan began her teaching career at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She began as the Medical Student Coordinator, then moved into the Assistant Residency Directorship for 12 years. She is currently the Program Director of Emergency Medicine at SJH&MC and began that role in January of 2009. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Nouhan is a board member of the St. John Community Health Investment Corporation. She is the Medical Director of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program. Dr. Nouhan is the initiating Medical Director of the Tactical Emergency Medicine group at St. John Hospital, affiliated with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team. Her areas of research interest include resident education and evaluation. Dr. Nouhan enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children, reading, traveling and enjoying the arts.
Margarita E. Pena, MD, FACEP
Associate Program Director
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit
Advisor: second year residents
Dr. Pena graduated from Northwestern University, received her medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University-affiliated Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 1994 where she was chief resident. She has been with the St. John Emergency Medicine Program since its inception in 1994, is currently the Associate Program Director and holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor at Wayne State University College of Medicine. She is also the Medical Director for the Clinical Decision Unit at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
She is the author of peer reviewed papers and educational materials, has been involved in numerous clinical research projects, an
d has a special interest in Education, Ethics, Palliative Care, and observation medicine. She has completed the ACEP Advanced Teaching Fellowship, has been on the hospital Ethics Committee since 2004, and serves as one of the physician champions for Palliative and End of Life Care at St. John Hospital
Hafez Bazzi, MD
Assistant Program Director
Dr. Bazzi received his medical degree from Wayne State University and completed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He has participated in research on family witnessed resuscitation as well as pediatric fever of unknown origin. His interests include resident and student education, including instructing on airway management and serving as an ACLS examiner.
Dilnaz Panjwani, MD, FACEP
Assistant Program Director, Simulation Director
Dr. Dilnaz Panjwani was raised in Toronto, Canada, and fell in love with Michigan while pursuing her residency at the former MSU/Synergy Medical Education Alliance Emergency Medicine residency program where she also served as Chief Resident. As a resident she was elected President of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association of Michigan and was the resident member on the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors.
After graduation, Dr. Panjwani came to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in 2011 as an attending. Since her arrival, she has pursued her passion for resident education. She has served as the Simulation Director since 2013 and Assistant Program Director since 2015. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Panjwani developed the simulation curriculum for the residency program. She completed The Harvard Institute for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Training course and has led the residency program to three consecutive first place victories at the state-wide SimWars competition.
Dr. Panjwani has published numerous case reports and has authored two chapters in an Emergency Medicine textbook. She also runs the monthly Clinical Pathological Case lecture series and Oral Board preparation sessions for the residents.
Dr. Panjwani enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
Claire Pearson, MD
Robert M Sills DO, FAAP, FACEP
Chief of Pediatric EM
Dr. Sills received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital /St. Louis University. He held a faculty position at Cardinal Glennon and served on their Air Hospital Transport Team. In 1995 Dr. Sills and his family moved to Michigan where he joined the EMS PC group to help start the Pediatric Emergency Medicine program at St John Hospital.
Dr. Sills is currently the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine as well an Associate Program Director of the EM residency at St John Hospital. He has coauthored several book chapters and review articles and his research interests include toxicology, trauma and pediatric resuscitation.
Jerrold Ray Fisher, MD, FACEP
Dr. Fisher completed his medical degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1990. He has be a staff physician at St John Hospital since completing residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital in 1993. He has been a faculty member of the Emergency Medicine residency since its inception in 1997. Dr. Fisher is the director of procedure education, the procedure lab, and medical and trauma simulations. He is the medical director for the ACLS course for the hospital and an ATLS instructor. His interests include resuscitation, wound care and shift work.
Leonard Bunting, MD
Dr. Bunting received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2003. During his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital he focused on critical care and emergency ultrasound. He furthered his ultrasound training by completing a mini-fellowship at the University of Massachusetts and now heads the emergency ultrasound program here at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
Ashley Sullivan, MD
Associate Ultrasound Director
Dr. Sullivan joined our ultrasound team in 2015. She completed her EM residency at St. John Hospital and Medical center in 2014 and her ultrasound fellowship at WSU in 2015. She currently serves as the associate ultrasound director at SJH, as well as the assistant WSU ultrasound fellowship director.
Elizabeth Bascom, MD, FACEP
Medical Student Director
Dr. Bascom graduated from Oakland University undergraduate, Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her EM residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in 2004. She currently serves as EM Medical Student Clerkship Director at St. John Hospital and Medical Center and previously held core faculty positions as EM Research Director at St. John Oakland Hospital and EM Assistant Research Director at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bascom is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both Central Michigan University College of Medicine and Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she is a regular lecturer. She also enjoys serving on the St. John Ethics Committee and Consult Team and has participated in numerous humanitarian medical mission trips to Brazil and Haiti.
Victor R. Abuel, MD, FACEP
David Ahee, MD
Elizabeth Bascom, MD
Don Benson, DO
Rhett Brandenburg, MD
Fadi Daouk, MD
Lindsay Goodell, MD
Shaun Gray, MD
Christopher Karrumi, MD
Simon Katrib, MD
Christopher I. Loewe, MD, FACEP
Romajit Multani, MD
Ashley Bowerman Nosek, MD
Jeffrey Nigl, MD
Teresa Oxholm, MD
Dan Paling, MD
Andrea Patineau, MD
Adnan Sabic, MD
Kristine Sizemore, MD
Laura Smylie, MD
Anne Tintinalli, MD
Alakh Varma, MD
Amrita Vempati, MD
Catherine Vretta, MD
Edward Walton, MD
Douglas Wheaton, MD
Curt Wimmer, MD
Michelle Wiener, MD
Hashim Yar, MD