Meet the members of the Center for Disaster Medicine (CDM) team at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. 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 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.
David J. Reisman, MHA, FACHE: Associate Director, Center for Disaster Medicine; Executive Director, Emergency Preparedness
David Reisman serves as Executive Director of Emergency Preparedness, Associate Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and Senior Administrative Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. David has administrative leadership responsibility for all areas of the preparedness program including hazard identification and mitigation, plan and exercise development, response management, process improvement, regulatory readiness and grants management. David has been a key leader responding to many previous disaster incidents at MGH, is a Senior Advisor to Partners Healthcare Emergency Preparedness, and has helped to lead multiple consulting projects related to Emergency Preparedness. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s degree in health care administration from The Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
CDM Staff (Listed Alphabetically)
Christine A. Amore: Program Coordinator
Christine Amore provides administrative support for the Center for Disaster Medicine’s Director and staff. She serves as the primary contact for external offices and assists on special projects. She provides logistical support for meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Ms. Amore previously served for three and a half years as Staff Assistant to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine physicians. She has extensive business experience having owned her own company for 26 years.
Jennifer Andonian, MPH, CIC: Project Manager
Jennifer Andonian serves as a Project Manager within the Center for Disaster Medicine at MGH. Prior to joining the MGH CDM Jennifer served as a Senior Infection Control Epidemiologist and Program Manager to support hospital Emergency Preparedness and Biothreats Programs at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from Michigan State University, and in 2015 she received her Master of Public Health from University of Michigan with a focus on hospital epidemiology.
Rachel Bedenbaugh, MPH: Program Manager, Regional Disaster Health Response System
Rachel Bedenbaugh serves as the Program Manager for the Regional Disaster Health Response System project within the Center for Disaster Medicine at MGH. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field including practice-based research and program management. Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences from Clemson University, and in 2010 she received her Master of Public Health from Boston University. Rachel has over eight years of international public health experience focused in healthcare relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. During her time in Haiti, Rachel was dedicated to implementing effective hospital and community-based health initiatives to improve the health and well-being of women and children throughout rural Haiti.
Meredith Hutchins, MPH: Project Manager, Regional Disaster Health Response System
Meredith Hutchins is a Project Manager for the Regional Disaster Health Response System project within the Center for Disaster Medicine at MGH. In 2017 she received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University with a focus on Global Maternal and Child Health, and previously earned a BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington. For the last two years, Meredith has been working in East and West Africa-- facilitating safe motherhood initiatives and midwife mentorships across Uganda and bolstering monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanisms for the National Community Health Assistant Program (NCHAP) in rural Liberia. In her early career, Meredith has supported new partnerships and helped build organizational capacities for international NGOs including Partners In Health, Care2Communities, Stop TB Ghana, Plan International, and the African Food and Peace Foundation. Meredith’s professional interests lie in expanding access to equitable and quality health care services for vulnerable populations both in the US and abroad.
Robert M. Krupa, MS: Senior Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness
Robert Krupa serves as the Senior Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness within the Center for Disaster Medicine. He is active in a variety of projects related to emergency preparedness at the hospital, local, state, and regional levels. Robert completed his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Emergency Management from the Boston University School of Medicine. He maintains certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Stefanie Lane, MPH, MS: Biothreats Project Manager
Stefanie Lane serves as the Biothreats Project Manager within the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine. In this role, facilitates exercise and training activities related to the MGH Biothreats Response Team. Stefanie also works with the MGH Hazmat Response Team and assists with development of planning, training and exercise activities. Stefanie has an extensive background in education has designed and facilitated a wide variety of training courses. She has 14 years of experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, where she has served as a training coordinator and board member for ambulance services in Vermont. Stefanie completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Vermont, and holds Masters degrees in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and Public Health from Harvard University.
Jacquelyn M. Nally, BSN, MA, RN, CEM: Program Manager
Jacquelyn Nally has extensive experience as a nurse in emergency medicine, international and domestic disaster response, and healthcare emergency management. As a Senior Program Manager at the MGH Center for Disaster Ms. Nally is responsible for the development, coordination and maintenance of the hospital-wide all-hazards HazMat response capability at MGH, including updating and publishing the annual HazMat Emergency Preparedness Plan and planning and execution of hospital-wide Hazmat drills and exercises. She also serves as part of the leadership team for the hospital’s Biocontainment Unit (BCU) Response Protocol and supervises the coordination and implementation of the BCU sustainable readiness operations. As part of the newly establish Massachusetts/Region 1 Partnership for Regional Disaster Health Response, Ms. Nally serves as the Deployable Medical Teams, Specialty Teams and Hazards (CBRN) Program Manager working to coordinate with internal and external task forces, committees, and agencies regarding emergency preparedness at the local, state, regional, and federal levels. In addition to her MGH responsibilities, Ms. Nally also serves as the Operations Section Chief 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) and has responded to over 27 national and international disasters in the past 24 years.
Eileen F. Searle, PhD, RN, CCRN: Biothreats Clinical Operations Program Manager
Eileen F. Searle serves as the Biothreats Clinical Operations Program Manager within the MGH Center for Disaster Medicine. Eileen is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner with extensive experience caring for critically ill adult patients in acute care and community settings. Over the past 13 years, she has worked as a surgical critical care nurse at several academic medical centers, a nurse practitioner at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, and as a nursing faculty member at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Eileen is a Supervisory Clinical Nurse for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and has responded to multiple disasters including 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.
Subject Matter Experts
Dr. Shenoy is Assistant Chief of the Infection Control Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is an infectious diseases physician on staff at the MGH and is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. She is additionally trained as a health economist. Dr. Shenoy is a principal investigator on several grants and leads an active research team evaluating the clinical, operational and economic impact of infection control strategies for multi-drug resistant organisms.
Dr. Shenoy has a leadership role in the MGH planning and response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other special pathogens. She is responsible for development of hospital policies and procedures related to EVD and has worked closely with staff from across the institution in planning meetings, training, and drills and exercises. As Medical Director of the MGH Biothreats Care Unit (BCU), one of 10 federally funded special pathogens programs in the US, Dr. Shenoy is responsible for the overall operations of the MGH BCU, including the implementation of awarded grants. She liaises with the hospital’s Incident Management Team and Hospital Incident Command System as needed.
Dr. Shenoy completed her undergraduate study in molecular biology at Princeton University, and received her medical degree as well as PhD in Health Policy and Economics from Harvard. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Infectious Diseases, at MGH.
David King is an attending trauma surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care as well as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. King has research interests in the areas of prehospital intracavitary hemorrhage control, non-invasive monitoring for trauma, trauma triage, and human athletic performance. He has multiple federally funded biomedical research grants. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications reflecting these research interests and speaks regularly at regional, national, and international surgical conferences. He is on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals and is a regular reviewer for all the major trauma and surgical journals. He also serves as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. King has deployed as a combat surgeon to Iraq and Afghanistan with U.S. Army Forward Surgical Teams. He also deployed to Haiti following the earthquake on a medical humanitarian relief mission with a Combat Support Hospital.
Dr. King received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He subsequently completed fellowship training in surgical critical care, trauma surgery, and endovascular trauma at the Ryder Trauma Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army attached to the Joint Special Operations Command.
Ari Cohen, MD, FAAP
Ari Cohen is the Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has filled this position since 2009. Dr. Cohen holds an appointment at the Harvard Medical School and serves as a medical officer for 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. Cohen is an active researcher in pediatric emergency medicine and lectures nationally and internationally on topics involving pediatric respiratory disease, head trauma and suicide. He has participated in the medical response for both the Boston and NYC Marathons. Dr. Cohen completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and attended medical school at the University of Chicago, and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric chief residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Bonnie S. Michelman, CPP, CHPA
has extensive leadership and security management experience in diverse industries. She currently is the Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Security Consultant for Partners Healthcare Inc. comprising 13 hospitals in Massachusetts. She oversees a licensed Police Department in this role among other departments. She was formerly a senior Executive at First Security Services Corporation (now Securitas) overseeing Security for 60 diverse operations and Assistant Vice President for General Services/Operations at Newton Wellesley Hospital managing 16 operational and support departments.
Bonnie served as President in 2001 of ASIS-International, a 40,000-person organization, Chairman of the Board in 2002, and Foundation President from 2003-2005. She is Past President (2008 and 1995) as well as Chairman of the Board of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). Bonnie is currently on the Board of Directors for the International Security Management Association (ISMA) taking over as President of that organization in 2016. She has been an Instructor at Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice in the Graduate and Undergraduate program since 1988. Bonnie is on the Regional Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and chairs their National Security Committee. Under Bonnie’s direction, MGH won the Lindberg Bell Award for the nation’s finest healthcare security program in 1999 and 2007 among numerous other awards and recognitions. She was appointed in 2010 by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and chairs the DHS Faith Based Security Advisory Committee. She has held many leadership positions nationally and internationally. She lectures and consults internationally on areas of healthcare security, workplace violence, hate crimes, active shooter training, domestic violence, risk assessment/management, disaster planning, leadership and communications. She has many publications in various journals on safety, security, leadership and management. She also does significant work in Executive Coaching, Management Engineering and Strategic Planning.
Bonnie has an MBA, and MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Government and Sociology. She holds her CPP and CHPA certifications.
Jarone Lee is the Director of Surgical Critical Care for the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Medical Director of the Blake 12 ICU. He is dual trained in emergency medicine and critical care medicine. Furthermore, he serves as a Medical Officer for 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. Collen Ryan is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and has 30 years clinical experience in burn surgery at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston. Dr. Ryan has clinical experience in several burn surge disasters including the 2002 Rhode Island Station Fire. She is Chairperson of the Organization and Delivery of Burn Care Committee of the American Burn Association and serves as the American Burn Association representative to Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response. Dr. Ryan has over 200 publications including topics in burn prevention, burn management, burn outcomes and disaster response. Dr. Ryan is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster PA, Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC and did her surgical residency and fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and the Hammersmith Hospital at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, respectively.
As the medical director of the Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU) at MGH, Ed George guides the recovery of post-operative patients, working to balance the immediate post-operative care of several hundred surgical patients per week.
As a former Marine Corps officer, transferred to the Navy Medical Corps, Dr. George has extensive training and operational experience in emergency and disaster management. In 2005, he served as the Department Head for Anesthesia at the US Military Hospital in Kuwait, where he managed four operating rooms, working with six trauma surgeons at the base hospital and several clinics in the theater of operation.
Dr. George is the national supervising medical officer for anesthesia/critical care for the Department of Health and Human Services’ International Medical and Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT). He deployed to the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, and to Bam, Iran in 2003 to provide medical care to earthquake victims.