Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response (CHPTER)

Core Faculty


Lancer Scott, MD (Course Director, Lecturer)

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1992, Dr. Scott spent five years working for the House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant. Prior to attending UNC School of Medicine in 2000, he served as the Managing Director of the Washington office for Novell, Inc. while volunteering at night for a DC-based EMS and Rescue Squad. During his Emergency Medicine residency at East Carolina University (2004-2007), Dr. Scott served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and was the first Disaster Medicine fellow to serve in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Scott joined the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007. With a dual appointment in Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Scott developed the College of Medicine’s first disaster medicine curriculum and has secured nearly a million dollars in emergency preparedness training (EPT) grants. He has formalized South Carolina’s first community coalition to support EPT (the Center for Health Professional Training for Emergency Response, www.musc.edu/chpter) and has been nationally and internationally recognized for his work to enhance human performance in chaotic environments.

Brian Fletcher, RN (Lecturer, Facilitator)

Brian started his career in Clinical Disaster Preparedness in 1977 as working in EMS across South Carolina – including, Greenville, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Fairfield, Chester and Horry Counties.  In 1985, Brian joined the Providence LifeReach Air Medical Service where he worked as a flight paramedic, emergency management trainer and exercise coordinator.  He received his first nursing degree from Midlands Technical College in 1991, completed a Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010 and is currently pursuing a double Masters in Nursing and Health Care Administration. Brian has been at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center since 2003 and currently serves as the Clinical Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.  In 2005, he became one of two nurses in the nation to serve in a full time roll of health care emergency management for a large academic medical institution.  Brian received the South Carolina League of Nursing Service Excellence Award in 2007 for his contribution to emergency management in nursing and this year is a recipient of the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing.  In his spare time he is the CEO and President for Fletcher and Associates, a consulting firm for emergency management strategies in the health care setting, and is also an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.

Michael Shirey, CHEC-II, EMT-P (Lecturer, Facilitator)

Michael comes to CHPTER with fifteen years of leadership and training experience in Emergency Services most recently as the EMS, Security and Emergency Management Coordinator for Trident Health System.  In this role he is responsible for all Emergency Management activities for a healthcare system consisting of two acute care hospitals and a free-standing emergency department and diagnostic center.  He holds the following certifications:  Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator- Level II, Certified Hospital Safety Professional and Certified Hospital Emergency Professional and EMT-Paramedic.

Prior to coming to Trident Health system Michael served with Charleston County EMS, reaching the rank of Lieutenant, in the role of a senior crew chief and district supervisor as needed.  Among his other duties, Michael served as a Field Training Officer responsible for training paramedics for Crew Chief and Supervisory duties.  He also served as the primary liaison to and provided medical support for the local Explosives Response Team in Charleston County and as an instructor for the Disaster Preparedness and Response Training (DPRT) program sponsored by the SC AHEC.  He also finds time to help train the the Low-country COBRA (Chemical Ordinance Biological Radiological) team.

Jerry Flury, RN, BSN, MBA, CHEP, CHEC-II (Lecturer, Facilitator)

A Registered Nurse for 31 years, Jerry received her AAS Nursing in 1980, her BSN from Regents College in 1989 and an MBA from Webster University in 1997.  Prior to joining Roper St Francis Healthcare in 2001, Ms. Flury worked for the Greenville Hospital System where she was an ICU/ED nurse, Nurse Manager and Educator.  In her role at Roper St Francis Healthcare, Jerry served as the Roper Emergency Department Manager until March 2006, and then became the Director for Emergency Management and the Clinical Manager for Roper LifeLink Critical Care Transport.  She currently is serving as a Director for the SC Society Healthcare Emergency Managers and is also currently representing Hospital Emergency Managers on a statewide task force to create a mechanism for pre-credentialing of healthcare workers to be used during a disaster.  Ms Flury is active at local, regional and federal level Emergency Management programs.  She was a member of the secondary review group for the HEICS IV project.  She has also taught multiple Hospital Incident Command System courses to the 63 South Carolina Hospitals in conjunction with the South Carolina Hospital Association as well as multiple Hazmat for Healthcare courses locally.  In December 2006 she received the Charleston Business Journal’s Health Care Hero award for her work in community preparedness, in the First Responder Category. 

Wade Manaker, MD (Lecturer, Facilitator)

Dr. Manaker is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School.  He spent seven years on active duty with the US Army and while at Ft. Bragg was deployed multiple times to provide medical support to the Joint Special Operation Command.  He also spent three years working as a Regional Medical Officer for the US Embassy in Buenos Aires providing medical care to government personnel based overseas.  After joining the Medical University in 2007, Dr. Manaker was appointed Director of Clinical Emergency Preparedness in the wake of university efforts to develop a hospital wide response plan to the H1N1 influenza threat.  Since that time, Dr. Manaker has helped refine and improve the hospital mass casualty incident plan.  He was also instrumental in the development and deployment of the medical support team that assisted repatriated victims of the earthquake in Haiti arriving at Charleston International Airport in 2010.   Dr. Manaker has worked to expand training opportunities for health professionals locally.  Recently, he developed three hour disaster education course on triage, the hospital incident command system and that is very popular with MUSC staff and local EMS.

Student and Resident Faculty



Student champions of the 2012 Health Security Leaders Conference
(clockwise from front to back):  Clay Smith, Andrew Seymore, Dr. Scott,
Jason Crumpler, Jessica Tolley and Christopher Davis.