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Rice EMS Command Structure


REMS Medical Directors

Our Medical Directors are Emergency Physicians committed to excellence in Emergency Medicine and EMS. Some of them are alumni of Rice University and Rice EMS. They are available around the clock to provide emergency medical direction for the On-Duty Campus Crew.

Our Medical Directors for the 2019-2020 school year are:

  • Cameron Decker, MD, LP, FACEP, FAEMS
  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Kimmel, MD
  • Angela Siler Fisher, MD, FACEP
  • Tyson Pillow, MD, MEd
  • Mark Escott, MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACEP
  • Shane Jenks, MD, MEd

Lisa Basgall, Rice EMS Director

Lisa Basgall is a licensed paramedic and EMS educator with more than 20 years of experience.  She is a licensed paramedic and an Advanced Course Coordinator in Texas, and holds paramedic certification with the NREMT.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, and a master’s degree from Villanova University.

As EMS Director, she is responsible for working with EMS student leaders to oversee all aspects of REMS operational and administrative responsibilities on campus.  She also is a Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, and oversees EMS courses at Rice.

Leadership team

The Incharge is an operational rank conferred to EMTs who complete Advanced EMT training and are selected by EMS and Medical Directorsafter a rigorous medical leadership training process. When responding to emergencies, the On-Duty Incharge drives the marked Rice EMS vehicle that carries advanced medical equipment. Being in command of the scene, the Incharge oversees and approves all patient care decisions during his or her shift.

Coordinators are active Duty Crew members who assist the Incharge team and are responsible for administrative areas supporting Rice EMS’s mission.

Sam Reddick, Rice EMS Captain



Sam (Wiess ’21) is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a minor in Biochemistry. As the highest-ranking student in Rice EMS, he is responsible for all patient care and operational aspects of the department, overseeing the work of Lieutenants, Coordinators, and Duty Crew.

Norman Zheng, Rice EMS Senior Lieutenant



Norman (Duncan ’21) is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Bioengineering and Religion with a minor in Global Health Technologies. As second-in-command of Rice EMS, he assists the captain in overseeing all aspects of patient care, operations, and personnel.

Duty Crew

Duty Crew members are the backbone of Rice EMS. This team is comprised of both EMT-Basics (BLS-Basic Life Support) and EMT-Advanced (ALS – Advanced Life Support).

Duty Crew members respond to campus emergencies along with InCharges. These personnel can also be cleared to work Special Events (athletic events, Baker Institute events, public parties, etc.) as well as become BLS instructors (teach CPR and First Aid courses for AHA certification).

Support Staff

Several alumni of Rice EMS, physicians in the Texas Medical Center, and EMS providers in the Houston area contribute their time and expertise to help Rice EMS education and Special Event programs.

Without their year-round help, Rice EMS would not be able to offer its excellent EMT courses or provide the same level of high quality patient care. Thank you for your service!