The Research Department of the Emergency Services Institute (ESI) consists of several personnel. The staff includes Paul Budny, RN, CCRA, CCRP; Allison Lightbody, BA, MPH; Brian Spencer, EMT-P; Stephanie Stoianoff, BSHA, MBA, Research Coordinator; Amy Yamokoski, MA, CCRP, Research Program Administrator; and Sharon E. Mace, MD, FACEP, FAAP, Physician Director of ESI Research.

Paul Budny, RN, CCRA, CCRP has been a registered nurse with Cleveland Clinic for 33 years working with the Pediatric ICU, Clinical Decision Unit, Rapid Response Team and the Emergency Department.  In addition, he has worked for various medical device companies serving as a field clinical engineer and account manager for 20 years.

Allison Lightbody, BA, MPH has worked at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for 7 years an dis on the hospital HERT team and the DRT team.  She is an EMT and is certified in public safety and has Federal Emergency management Training (FEMA) for mass casualties.  She has a Master's of Public Health from Cleveland State University and an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Hiram College.

Brian Spencer, EMT-P has been a paramedic/fire fighter with the City of Cleveland Fire Department for 27 years.  He joined the Cleveland Clinic as a paramedic in the emergency department in 2002.

Stephanie Stoianoff, BSHA, MBA is our ESI Research Coordinator.  She has 11 years of service at the Cleveland Clinic in cardiovascular, occupational health, and urology prior to joining the emergency department.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Amy Yamokoski, MA, CCRP is the Research Administrator in the Center for Clinical Research.  She has over 11 years of service with the Cleveland Clinic and provides administrative support for ESI research.

Sharon Mace, MD, FACEP, FAAP is starting her 20th year as a staff physician at Cleveland Clinic and has been the ESI Director of Research since 2012. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and is dual boarded in emergency medicine and pediatrics.  She has over 200 article published in medical literature and two medical textbooks.

Sharon E. Mace, MD FACEP, FAAP
Director of Research
Emergency Services Institute
Cleveland Clinic