Faculty 2019-11-07T20:42:25+00:00



In designing the program, the Office of Education has examined every aspect of the instructional process to ensure the highest quality of education is provided.  It has been our experience that students benefit from those instructors with strong educational background coupled with hands-on experience in emergency medicine.

Thomas E. Platt, EdD, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P
Associate Professor and CEM Education Director

Thomas Platt, EdD, is a faculty member in the Emergency Medicine Program, University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the Office of Education at the Center for Emergency Medicine. As Associate Director of Education, Dr. Platt manages all of the EMS-related education programs sponsored by CEM. He has more than 25 years of experience in EMS and has served as principal investigator for the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bystander Care Project and the U.S. Department of Transportation First Responder National Standard Curriculum Project.  Dr. Platt completed his undergraduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s Degree in Adult Education at Penn State and a doctoral degree in Instructional Design at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education.

N. Alex Cutsumbis, BS, NREMT-P
Medical Education Coordinator/AEMT Program Director

As Coordinator of Medical Education, Mr. Cutsumbis teaches, coordinates and runs most of the medical education programs offered by the Center for Emergency Medicine.  He is responsible for coordination of the ACLS, CPR, ITLS, AMLS and EVOC courses.  He is a lead lecturer and lab instructor for EMT-Basic classes.  Mr. Cutsumbis also manages and maintains all equipment used in practical lab sessions.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Center for Emergency Medicine’s paramedic program.  Prior to entering EMS as a career Mr. Cutsumbis held various jobs in the IT field, this technology experience combined with EMS and education has provided a strong background in healthcare simulation.