Katherine Nugent, MD

APP Critical Care Fellowship Medical Director


Kate Nugent, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed both her emergency medicine residency and critical care fellowship at Emory University where she is now dually appointed in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Anesthesiology. She serves as the medical director of the Surgical/Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital, where she also attends in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery ICU. Occasionally, she returns to Grady Memorial Hospital to work in the emergency department and continues to lead the Emergency Medicine-Critical Care Medicine Residency Track and direct the Critical Care Curriculum for the Emory Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Her academic and research interests include resident and fellow education, quality improvement initiatives, multi-disciplinary team communication, trauma resuscitation, mechanical circulatory support, and sepsis management. She received the 2019 W. Robert Grabenkort Faculty Mentor of the Year from the Emory Critical Care Center NP/PA Post Graduate Residency Program and transitioned into the role of medical director in November 2020.

Dr. Katherine Nugent

Lindsey Bozeman, FNP, ACNP

APP Critical Care Fellowship, Nurse Practitioner Program Director


Lindsey obtained her BSN from Georgia College in Milledgeville GA. She continued her education at Georgia State University and obtained her MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner certification in 2008. She began her career as an APP in the Emergency Department at EUHM and then transitioned to the ECCC in the Neuro ICU at EUHM from 2011 – 2015. During that time, she also obtained her Post Master’s Certificate in the ACNP program from Emory University. In 2015 she moved to Washington DC to work at The George Washington University Hospital where she worked as an APP in multiple critical care specialities from 2015 – 2021. Lindsey became the lead of the critical care APP team in 2019 and during her time at GWUH she gained a wealth of educational experience in the realm of APP education serving as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University School of Medicine PA program, and also rebuilt and served as the NP director of the APP Trauma and Critical Care Residency Program at GWUH. Lindsey returned to Emory and the ECCC in January of 2022 and works in the MICU at EUH.

Lindsey has a passion for advancing APP education and transition to practice and believes in shaping strong leaders both in clinical practice and through professional growth and personal development. Lindsey was the recipient of the “Advancing the ECCC Educational Mission Award”in 2015. She is a member of SCCM, AANP, and APGAP.

Lindsey Bozeman

Aimee Abide, MMSc, PA-C, FCCM

APP Critical Care Fellowship Physician Assistant Program Director


Aimee Abide obtained her BA from Millsaps College and her PA degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA. She relocated to Atlanta, GA and began working as a PA at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Aimee obtained her MMSc from Emory University and joined the Emory Critical Care Center. Aimee practices clinically in the Cardiothoracic and Cardiac Care Intensive Care Units at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She became Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Cardiothoracic ICU before holding her current position of PA program director for the critical care fellowship at Emory.

Aimee’s interests include cultivating and enhancing quality initiatives for advanced practice providers within the Emory Critical Care Center as well as nationally. Aimee also has special interest in advancing educational and leadership opportunities for both Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. She received the Emory Critical Care Centers Champion Award for outstanding work in a leadership role. She also received an award for Excellence and Dedication to Patient-Family Centered Care. Aimee received a Presidential Citation for outstanding contribution to SCCM and received a Star Research Achievement Award for an abstract presented at the 49th Annual SCCM Congress. Aimee was inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2020 with her intent to foster and promote multiprofessional critical care medicine.

In addition to her clinical and educational interests, Aimee has been interested in maintaining and promoting excellence in PA education through the accreditation process. She has been active within the Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the PA (ARC-PA). Aimee successfully achieved provisional accreditation for the Emory Critical Care fellowship program in March 2021 and currently holds a position as an accreditation specialist for the ARC-PA.

Aimee is a member of her institutional, regional and national communities for physician assistants and in the society of critical care medicine. Aimee has publications in areas of clinical practice and educational activities for critical care medicine and in research for post graduate programs for advanced practice providers.

Aimee Abide

Kyle Briggs, PA-C, MPAS

APP Critical Care Fellowship Simulation Lab Co-Director


Kyle is a native of Utah who first studied biology and medical laboratory science as an undergraduate while at Utah Valley University and the University of Utah. He then earned his Master of Physician Assistant studies at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, graduating in 2014. From there, he moved to Atlanta in order to complete the Critical Care NP/PA Post Graduate Fellowship at Emory.  He has worked with Emory Healthcare since his graduation in 2015, predominantly in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). He has been the lead APP over the CICU since 2019. 

Kyle has a passion for education and for launching others into successful practice. He is adjunct faculty at his alma mater PA program at Rocky Mountain College in MT, holds regular teaching appointments throughout the Emory system, and has also developed a multi-faceted curriculum of simulation training for critical care APPs. He has won multiple teaching and leadership awards, to include the W. Robert Grabenkort Mentor of the year, NPPA Residency Leadership award, Neurocritical Care Teaching Award, and the Unsung Hero Award.

Kyle Briggs

Sandy Ockers, MPH, PA-C

APP Critical Care Fellowship Simulation Lab Co-Director


Sandy has been an intensivist PA in the surgical/transplant ICU at Emory Healthcare since 2013. Prior to starting her career in the ICU, she was the first fellow to complete a one year post-graduate training program at Emory specializing in critical care. Since completing this fellowship, she has gone on to become the co-director of clinical simulation for the fellowship. In 2018, she created and organized the first annual Emory Critical Care Center 5K which brings together all members of the critical care team for a time of recreation and remembrance of the lives we have impacted over the previous year.

Sandy Ockers, MPH, PA-C

Danielle Miltz, PA-C

Fellowship Bootcamp Co-Director | Fellowship Alumni Chair


Danni graduated from Emory's APP Critical Care Fellowship in 2016 and started working in the neuroscience ICU and now transitioned to the Surgical ICU at Emory. She continues to remain involved in the fellowship and started the mentorship program for the fellowship in 2019 to help new fellows better transition into the fellowship. Additionally, she is the Alumni Chair for the fellowship and helps create biannual newsletters. In 2021 she became the Co-Director for the Fellowship Bootcamp Program. 
Outside of the fellowship, she is the Director of Wellbeing for Emory's Critical Care Center and serves on the APP Resource committee and on the PA Section for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Danielle Miltz, PA-C

Lakiesha Bertrand, MPAS, PA-C

Fellowship Bootcamp Co-Director


Lakiesha is orginally from New York State, where she received her bachelor's degree in biology from Clarkson University in 2015 and subsequently earned her Master of Physician Studies from Albany Medical College in 2018. She moved to Atlanta ni 2018, where she completed Emory's Post Graduate APP Critical Care Fellowship, graduating in Fall 2019. Currently, she remains at Emory Healthcare, working at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital in the MSICU and CCU. 

Lakiesha has remained involved with the fellowship following her graduation, partaking in bootcamp as well as core competency day lectures, assisting with simulation labs, and serving as a clinical preceptor for the APP critical care fellows rotating through the ICU at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital. In Spring 2023, she joined the fellowship in a more formal role as one of the Co-Directors for the APP Critical Care Fellowship's Bootcamp Program.

Lakiesha Bertrand, MPAS, PA-C

Babar Fiza, MD

APP Critical Care Fellowship Ultrasound Instructor


Babar Fiza, MD, is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He completed his medical school at the University of North Carolina and his anesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan. Following this, Dr. Fiza completed his critical care medicine fellowship at Columbia. He currently staffs the cardiovascular and surgical intensive care units at Emory University Hospital. Additionally, he serves as the Program Director for the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the ECCC Multi-professional Education.

Dr. Fiza's passion for enhancing critical care through ultrasound education has been a hallmark of his career. His commitment to this field is evident through his extensive contributions, including organizing and leading numerous ultrasound workshops. This commitment to ultrasound education extends beyond national boundaries, as Dr. Fiza has taken on the role of an educator in this field on an international level. His current research interests involve exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and medical education, focusing on its potential implications on ultrasound education.

Babar Fiza, MD