The ACEP High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force


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American College of Emergency Physicians

An emergency physician in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha diagnoses and treats patients with a range of emergent and non-emergent medical conditions. This position also places him in charge of general patient flow in one of the highest acuity urban emergency departments in the city. To inform and augment his professional activities, Dr. Ken Mwatha holds active membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians.

In response to the growing number of active-shooter incidents and acts of terror in the United States, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) established the High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force (HTECCTF) in 2016. The mission of the HTECCTF includes tracking and studying mass-casualty incidents to more effectively respond to future events of this kind. To further this mission, the HTECCTF has endeavored to optimize medical treatment strategies in an effort to address deficiencies in high-threat emergency trauma care from initial point of injury through definitive care.


Saint Agnes Hospital Emergency Care


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Saint Agnes Hospital

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and serves as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In this position, Dr. Ken Mwatha treats patients and helps manage the patient flow in the emergency room.

For more than five decades, the Emergency Department at Saint Agnes Hospital has been serving residents in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. The department sees nearly 80,000 patients each year and boasts some of the shortest wait times in the area because of its multi-pronged approach to care.

In addition to general emergent care, the Saint Agnes ER also has specialized chest pain and pediatric ER units to help see those patients quickly and get them the specific care they need. Thanks to the latest technology being available to Baltimore’s emergency responders, it’s often the case that those in need of specialized ER care will have test results such as EKGs transmitted to the department in advance so that doctors have the information on hand before the patient arrives. For more information about the hospital’s emergency care, call (667) 234-2000.

Pluto Relegated to a Dwarf Planet by the IAU

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International Astronomical Union

Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha has been an emergency room physician in Baltimore, Maryland since 2013. Among his many interests, Dr. Ken Mwatha enjoys studying astronomy.

One of the most controversial developments in this century in the field of astronomy was the demotion of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006.

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh identified Pluto as the ninth planet in the solar system in 1930 while working at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. But over the ensuing decades, other astronomers began to question whether Pluto wasn’t just another icy formation beyond Neptune.

It was at the group’s meeting in Prague in 2006 that the IAU developed a new definition of planet that excluded Plato from the elite list. This definition included the following criteria.

A planet is a celestial body that

(a) is in orbit around the Sun 

(b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and 

(c) has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

It was the third requirement that effectively disqualified Pluto, since it shares its orbital area with other large icy objects in the Kuiper Belt.


The ACEP Scientific Assembly – Emergency Medicine’s Largest Event


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American College of Emergency Physicians

Since 2013, Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Mwatha has served as an attending physician in a high-acuity emergency department in Baltimore, Maryland. Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ken Mwatha also maintains membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Dedicated to improving emergency care, ACEP oversees a variety of programs, resources, and events to educate and train emergency physicians and other medical professionals. The organization’s flagship event is its annual Scientific Assembly, the world’s largest emergency medicine conference.

The most recent Scientific Assembly, ACEP17, took place October 29 – November 1, 2017, in Washington, DC. More than 6,000 medical professionals attended the event to take part in a four-day program comprising educational courses, workshops, and skills labs.

The learning activities at the conference covered a wide range of topics, including emergency imaging, health policy, infectious disease, and trauma. Alongside the educational programming, ACEP17 featured an exhibit hall where attendees had the opportunity to network with peers and business owners while browsing the latest products and technologies in emergency medicine.

ACEP members are already looking ahead to the 2018 Scientific Assembly, which will be held October 1 – 4 in San Diego. For more information, visit