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Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and is Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
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Dr. Paul Biddinger holds the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. He is also the Director for Emergency Preparedness at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School. Dr. Biddinger serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Dr. Biddinger is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He has also responded to numerous prior incidents, including Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy, the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and others. He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.
Dr. Biddinger's academic interests are focused in disaster medicine and response. He has led numerous research and other funded projects funded by the CDC, ASPR, AHRQ and others regarding emergency preparedness and response.
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“Every second counts.” David R. King, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon, knows this saying well. As a U.S. Army combat veteran – with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq – and as a member of the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine, King has seen firsthand the difference critical care can make in the moments following an emergency.
Recently, the MGH Center for Global Health convened members of the MGH community for a seminar discussing a range of issues related to the Ebola outbreak, including the latest research, hospital preparedness and reports from the field.
MGH Hotline 1.1.10 Once a week, Boston-area television viewers and web users will have the opportunity to obtain the latest information on the flu by chatting live on www.whdh.com with a Partners HealthCare expert as part of a collaborative public health campaign from Partners, WHDH-TV 7 NBC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
This training video will discuss the hospital’s response to many types of disasters that could impact the normal operations of the hospital as well as the surrounding community. Mass General takes great pride in our responsibility to prepare to serve our diverse communities in times of need. In addition, the video provides an overview of the roles Mass General employees may be asked to play in a coordinated hospital response.
Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.
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