A former paramedic, Mike has worked with emergency services and healthcare organizations in 49 of the 50 states, most of the Canadian Provinces, Israel, Palestine, Australia, and throughout Europe.

Mike serves as Improvement Guide for FirstWatch and leads ResilientFirst, the neuroscience-based resilience training program. Mike also teaches improvement science as an Assistant Professor in the University of California San Francisco’s MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership and as an Adjunct Professor in UMBC’s MA in Emergency Health Services Management.



Mike has published more than 600 articles in professional journals and dozens of book chapters. He’s the author with his wife Sascha Liebowitz book, Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Time of COVID-19



After his first presentation, “What to do if you get lost in the woods” at age 11 Mike traveled the world sharing ideas and collecting frequent flier miles. With over 1,000 presentations from The Second Pan-European Conference on Emergency Medical Services, sponsored by the World Health Organization in Abeno Therma, Italy, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, to the Cross County Ski Club in Boulder and Santa Barbara Middle School’s 7th Grade audiences appreciate his relaxed engaging style. His expertise includes stress management, resilience, EMS street survival, patient-centered leadership, and improvement science.



Twitter: @Mtaigman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.taigman 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miketaigman/ 

Website: https://combatcovidstress.com.



  • He once taught Advanced Electrocardiography to a Taiwanese Trauma Surgeon in Tasmania
  • He was the team leader for the longest vertical mountain rescue in the history of Colorado.
  • He’s very in touch with his emotions and has been known to tear up watching bad TV commercials.
  • He lives in Santa Barbara, California, USA with his wife (who teases him about tearing up), and incredibly resilient son.