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About Our Team

The PennSTAR team is comprised of many individuals working together to ensure every flight is safe and timely. The staff includes:

  • physicians
  • nurses
  • paramedics
  • pilots
  • mechanics
  • communications personnel

PennSTAR is one of a few, select flight programs in the United States that employs its own medical command physicians. These physicians assure medical necessity of flights for on-scene emergencies and patient transport. They also provide online and offline medical directives.

PennSTAR medical command physicians are experienced with flight operations and represent critical care specialties including anesthesia, emergency medicine, hyperbaric medicine, internal medicine and pulmonary critical care.

PennSTAR Medical Command Physicians

C. William Schwab, MD, Physician in Chief
Stephen Thom, MD, PhD, Medical Director
Michael Beers, MD
C. William Hanson III, MD
Harold Mignott, MD
Stefanie Porges, MD

PennSTAR Administration

Robert Higgins, Program Director
Mark Rowe, Director of Safety
Jack Dunne, Site Manager
John Gillespie, Communication Center Supervisor
Kevin Thomas, Medical Crew Coordinator, PennSTAR 1-2
Duke Lindsay, Medical Crew Coordinator, PennSTAR 3-6


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