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Paul (Paul) D. Biddinger, MD

  • Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness
  • Medical Director, Emergency Department Operations




Dr. Paul Biddinger M.D. is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.


Emergency Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Disaster medicine
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Department Operations
  • Emergency medical service (EMS)
Medical Education
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Paul Biddinger is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is the Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General and the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Mass General and Partners HealthCare. Dr. Biddinger also 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 Harvard School of Public Health. He 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.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
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, and AHRQ regarding emergency preparedness and response.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events


  • Be Prepared - Mass General Emergency Preparedness Training Video

    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.

  • HAZMAT Team Training Slideshow

    View a slideshow with scenes from an early morning exercise that the MGH HAZMAT team members participated in.

  • Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

  • Frank Robinson's Story

    Watch 46-year-old Frank Robinson tell the story of his life-saving experience at Mass General after a massive coronary.


Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-3122
Fax: 617-726-9202

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