The division's primary duty is to provide physicians and emergency medical providers with the skills to manage complex and challenging airways anywhere and at any time. We work to provide education and perform research in a collaborative culture that fosters academic excellence and service to the community.  

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The Vanderbilt Department of Emergency Medicine began offering the Airway Cadaver Lab in 2008 to provide airway management and laryngoscopy instruction/practice to our resident group and faculty using human cadavers. The goal of the lab is to provide learner focused skills education in a low stress environment that facilitates more complex learning in the patient environment. The curriculum grew to include more of the resuscitative skill set used in Emergency Medicine and EMS and time/effort to learn human anatomy as it relates to the emergency medical practitioner. The lab offers students the opportunity to perform multiple skill repetitions with feedback from faculty. The cadavers are fresh, very lightly embalmed and specially prepared to maximize airway imaging.



Wesley H. Self, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Vice Chair of Research


Kevin High, RN, MPH, MHPE, EMT 

EM Faculty

Emergency Airway Lab Director

Stephan Russ, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Associate Chief of Staff, Vanderbilt University Hospital

Jared McKinney, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Associate Program Director

Joseph Sikon, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Jeremy J Brywczynski, MD 

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine  


Sally Dye RN BSN EMT

Emergency Airway Lab Manager


Aaron Lacy, MD 

Clinical Instructor 

Chief Resident