Meet the Core of the Corps
Representing decades of clinical, field, and logistical experience, our team is prepared to maximize the success of your events. Founded by a practicing physician and managed by highly qualified medical professionals, public safety experts, and emergency managers, we are the leading provider of physician-led, live event medical services™; in the U.S.
Andrew Bazos, MD, Chairman
Dr. Bazos earned a degree with honors in biochemistry from Harvard University and graduated from Yale University School of Medicine. Following a general surgery internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Bazos completed his residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian’s New York Orthopedic Hospital. Since that time, he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City in 1993.
After being awarded the position of contracted provider of event medical services for all events at Yankee Stadium in 1989, Dr. Bazos founded Sports & Entertainment Physicians, PC, which has since grown to become CrowdRx. In addition to his ongoing role as the contracted provider of event medical services for all events at Yankee Stadium, Dr. Bazos and his company serve in a similar capacity at Madison Square Garden since 1991 and the US Open Tennis Championships since 2011. Recently the CrowdRx team also assumed coverage of Radio City Music Hall and The Beacon Theatre, two more Manhattan landmarks. Dr. Bazos also serves as Tournament Physician at the Big East Basketball Championships.
As co-author of numerous research projects on the subject and a noted presenter at international conferences, Dr. Bazos is recognized as a leading expert on event medical coverage. Serving as an unofficial ambassador for health and safety at electronic dance music festivals, he advocates for non-security related measures that have been successful in Europe: harm-reduction and medical care. Dr. Bazos institutes and promotes processes and procedures that continue to evolve with the EDM industry.
Dr. Andrew Bazos is board-certified by The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a partner at Western Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists, PC and since 1993 serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in the Sports Medicine Department at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, where he maintains operating privileges and keeps office hours.
Connor Fitzpatrick, Chief Operating Officer
Connor Fitzpatrick couples his background in emergency medical services with his extensive experience in healthcare operations to build strategic partnerships with venues, sponsors, and clients. Connor has served as Medical Operations Director for some of the world’s largest events including Burning Man, the US Open, Madison Square Garden, and Yankee Stadium. Additionally, Connor is a nationally recognized speaker on event safety and medical services and has appeared on CNN’s “This is Life With Lisa Ling,” at the Event Safety Summit, EMS World Conference, Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, Live Design International, and is guest faculty for the International Association of Venue Managers and their Academy for Venue Safety and Security.
Connor co-founded Echo Response Technologies, which develops mobile applications that provide tactical tools to emergency first responders.
Connor graduated from Cornell University, earning a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management. He volunteers as an instrument-rated pilot for Patient Airlift Services and as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Instructor and Advanced Life Support Supervisor. He is also certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Instructor, by CONTOMS as a Tactical EMT, and as a Connecticut POSTC Police Instructor.
Matt S. Friedman, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Matt S. Friedman, MD, FACEP, DABEMS, is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a subspecialty certification of emergency medicine accredited by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). Dr. Friedman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College and completed his emergency medicine training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Following residency, he pursued EMS fellowship with the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) with clinical affiliation at Long Island Jewish Medical Center completing fellowship in 2013. Currently, he is the Associate Medical Director of Prehospital Care and the Director of the EMS Clerkship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Friedman is the national medical director of CrowdRx, Inc. and has served as the Lead House Physician for Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and the US Open since 2013. With CrowdRx, Dr. Friedman is the annual medical director for Burning Man, Paradiso Festival, Moonrise Music Festival and many other annual mass gatherings. Dr. Friedman has authored numerous manuscripts, journal articles, and abstracts offering key contributions to the emerging field of Event Medicine. He has lectured at impactful national conferences such as Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, Mass Gathering Medicine Summit, and EMS World Expo and has been guest interviewed on international podcasts. Dr. Friedman continues to work for FDNY as an On-Line Medical Control physician and serves on the New York City Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC).
Asa Margolis, DO MPH MS, Regional Medical Director – DC
Dr. Margolis began his career in Medicine as a prehospital provider over a decade ago. Following the completion of his Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, he went on to complete a Master of Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology of Microbial Pathogens from Yale University and subsequently his Doctor of Osteopathy and Master of Science in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after completing fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he also completed residency and was chief resident. He is currently on faculty at Johns Hopkins and continues to work closely with several local, state and federal agencies as a Medical Officer within the Center for Law Enforcement Medicine at Johns Hopkins.
Alexander Arroyo, MD, Lead Combat Sports Physician
Dr. Arroyo Received his undergraduate education at St. Francis College in Brooklyn graduating Magna cum Laude with a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in psychology in May 1998. Dr. Arroyo received his doctor of medicine degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, May 2002. After completing medical school he did a pediatric residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset New York completing the program June 2005. Dr. Arroyo followed residency with the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Schneider Children’s Hospital department of pediatric emergency medicine from July 2005 through June 2008 and ultrasound fellowship at Long Island Jewish medical center from July 2008 through June 2009. He is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center (the hospital of his birth) in Brooklyn New York. Dr. Arroyo has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of point of care ultrasound and has authored multiple articles and textbooks on the subject. Dr. Arroyo has a passion for event medicine and combat sports. For the last seven years he has worked for many promotions as a ring side physician and as a member of the New York State Athletic Commission for major MMA, Boxing and kickboxing events.
Matthew Marion, MD FACEP, Regional Medical Director – OR
After finishing schooling on the East coast, where he graduated with distinction from The George Washington University in DC, Dr. Marion completed his Emergency Medicine training in Denver in 2009 at the famed “Knife and Gun Club” of Denver Health/University of Colorado. During that time he had the opportunity to provide care at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Marion also worked with local EMS agencies and provided medical direction for search and rescue operations in the Central Cascade mountains of Washington. Dr. Marion now resides in Oregon and attends at hospitals in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge. He has been working with CrowdRx since 2016 at music festivals in Oregon and Washington. He is currently the medical director for What the Festival! in central Oregon.
Anthony Pugliese, NRP, EMS Director
Tony has spent the last 35 years in a variety of public safety roles, first as a career Firefighter/Paramedic and then transitioning into Law Enforcement. Tony would spend time in patrol and as an academy instructor, but it was his 14 year tenure on a full-time SWAT team that would position him for his next career.
Tony retired from the Police Department in 2008 to take a position as a Special Operations Instructor with the United States Secret Service where he would train some of the most elite tactical units in federal law enforcement. In his current position as an Emergency Services Specialist, Tony continues to teach special operations teams and protection details as the Secret Service’s Lead Casualty Care Instructor. He is also a regular instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Bangkok, and San Salvador.
In addition to teaching, Tony provides operational medical support to various law enforcement missions within the Secret Service. Additionally, he has been responsible for coordinating the health and medical readiness for a number of National Special Security Events (NSSE) including the 2015 Papal Visit, our Nation’s largest NSSE. Tony serves as the CrowdRx EMS Director, overseeing medical operations at major events including Burning Man.