About Us

Student Docs for Shocks is a medical student-led nonprofit organization that was formed to positively impact survival from an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. We exist to empower and equip those without medical training to respond quickly and efficiently to heart emergencies that occur outside the hospital.

We invite pre-medical and medical students of all types to join our team! If you are working toward a future in clinical healthcare, medical research, public health or epidemiology and want to make an impact now, contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Board Members

Chris Griesser, President

is a third-year medical student. Prior to medical school, Chris spent more than 10 years working in emergency services, both as a Firefighter and Paramedic. “Serving as a Paramedic really opened my eyes to the immeasurable value that Public Access AEDs can provide to a community. Police, Fire & EMS are not always able to make it to a victim within the initial three to four minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest. Using an AED to treat someone during this time is critical to increasing the victim’s chance of survival. These devices absolutely make our communities safer.”

Rex Burch, Vice President

is a third-year medical student. He earned a Master’s Degree in neuroscience from Georgia State University. Rex became interested in becoming a physician after an experience as a trauma patient following a motocross accident. He served as an emergency department technician for nearly ten years prior to beginning medical school. “Here I saw the important role that prehospital/community access to AEDs can play when dealing with cardiac events, which is why placing AEDs in the community is important to me.”

Sara Lezcano, Secretary

is a third-year medical student. She is a graduate of Florida State University, and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. “I’ve learned how crucial timing is when it comes to cardiac arrest. I became interested in specializing in Emergency Medicine after scribing in a rural ER. I noticed a lack of resources and knowledge around the community that could save lives.”

Tyler Richie, Treasurer

is a third-year medical student. He is a graduate of Emory University. “I have always had an interest in medicine, but my passion for cardiology in particular began when I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation at the age of 21. Placing AEDs in the community is very personal to me because I know that they have the potential to save the lives of people who have heart conditions like myself.”