About our EMS Educators

Dr. Austin Burgess

Dr. Austin Burgess received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1990. He then attended Wayne State University and received his Medical degree in 1994. He then accepted a commission in the US Army and completed a Transitional internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in 1995. From there he spent two years as the Aviation Brigade flight surgeon for the Third Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. There he was responsible for all aspects of medical care for the Brigade. This included care of aviation personnel but also medical logistics, coordination of medical evacuation with military assets and with civilian EMS, and training of medics. From there he went back into training completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2000. From there he served at Ft. Riley, KS from 2000-2003 as EMS director of a hospital based EMS system. He then additionally served as Medical Director from 2002-2003. After completing his Army obligation he went to Moorehead City, NC at Carteret General Hospital. There he served as Quality Director as well as three years as Medical Director. In August of 2013 Dr. Burgess moved back to Michigan to start at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Dr. Burgess is a 2007 graduate of EMP’s Scholars program. He has been married to his wife Carol since 1990. He has two children Jacob and Kayle.

Christopher Patrello

Chris Patrello is the Program Director for Ascension Genesys Hospital’s EMS Education Department. After graduating from Central Michigan University, he began work in EMS as a volunteer EMT in his community. He then worked at Swartz Ambulance Service as a Paramedic until 2006 when he began teaching EMT, Paramedic and American Heart Association courses at Genesys. He then took the opportunity at Livingston County EMS as the QI and Education Supervisor where he was instrumental in developing and running the county’s first ever high school based EMT program. Chris then took a position as Program Director at McLaren Flint’s EMS Education Department where he completed their CoAEMSP accreditation as well as managed their AHA Training Center. He has since come back to Ascension in his current role where he continues to promote accreditation in EMS Education and developing programs for the future of EMS. Chris is active with the GCMCA Education Subcommittee, the State of Michigan’s EMSCC Education Subcommittee as well as the EMSCC Critical Care and Critical Care Education Subcommittees and lastly on the American Heart Association’s National Education Subcommittee.

Ron Green

Ron Green is the Programs Course Coordinator for Genesys Regional Medical Center, EMS Education. He started at Genesys in December 2004 and currently teaches Paramedic Programs. Ron is also an American Heart Association Training Center Faculty Member for BLS, ACLS, and PALS at Genesys. Ron started his EMS career as a Genesys EMT student in 1996 and then worked for a short time at CM Ambulance. In 1997, he left CM Ambulance and went to work at Swartz Ambulance Service that same year. While at Swartz he attended the Genesys Paramedic Program in 1999 and then became one of their Field Training Officers. In 2003, Ron attended the Instructor Coordinator course and now teaching at Genesys is his full time job, but he still holds many friendships within the EMS community.

Marie Wilkinson

Marie Wilkinson is the American Heart Association Educator and Clinical Coordinator for Ascension Genesys Hospital EMS Education. She started here at Genesys in November 2018. She currently teaches ACLS and PALS classes, assists with the EMT and Paramedic Programs and teaches specialty or critical care continuing education. Marie was introduced to EMS in 2001 while training with a Michigan based Search and Rescue Team. After completing a MFR course, she joined Hartland Area Fire Department and completed a grant based EMT Program held by Green Oak Fire Department. In 2004, Marie attended the McLaren Paramedic Program before accepting a full-time position at Livingston County EMS in 2006. While at Livingston, Marie worked as a Field Training Officer, part-time Shift Coordinator, and was one of the original MICU Paramedics of the organization. In 2012, Marie left Livingston to pursue flight medicine and further her career in critical care transport. She accepted a Flight Paramedic position with Beaumont One (later rebranded to LifeFlight of Michigan). Marie now teaches full-time at Genesys but continues to teach in the EMS community as a Subject Matter Expert with a special interest in critical care transport education.