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Paul (Paul) D. Biddinger, MD

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


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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
  • Centene/Celticare
  • 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
  • Medicaid
  • 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
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Paul Biddinger, M.D., is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He completed his residency in emergency medicine with Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Biddinger's chief administrative responsibility is serving as the Director of Operations in the Emergency Department. He has both been actively researching and implementing initiatives that improve patient flow, reduce overcrowding, and  enhance patient safety in the ED, and has published several articles on this work. In addition, Dr. Biddinger serves as Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Emergency Medicine and as the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH.

Dr. Biddinger also serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he leads planning and training events for health and public health staff involved in disaster preparedness at the local, regional and state levels. Dr. Biddinger speaks frequently in numerous ad hoc settings locally, nationally, and internationally on topics of health and public health sector disaster preparedness and response.

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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

  • Ebola: Separating fact from fiction

    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.

  • Partners HealthCare Flu Team helps viewers

    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 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.


  • 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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