Senior Preparedness Fellow
Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Associate Director, Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness
Director of Operations for Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Associate Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, and is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A practicipng emergency physician, he holds academic appointments at both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and he also chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness. Dr. Biddinger is also a medical officer with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) MA-1.
At HSPH, Dr. Biddinger leads a team of preparedness experts and researchers who focus on developing exercises and associated tools for both training and evaluation of public health emergency preparedness and response. Over the past 5 years, the team has conducted more than 50 preparedness exercises, reaching an audience of over 5,000 public health and emergency response professionals. Dr. Biddinger is the Principal Investigator of project four of the CDC-funded LAMPS grant (Linking Assessment and Measurement to Preparedness Systems). In project four, Dr. Biddinger’s team is studying the ways in which fictional disaster exercises can best be used to evaluate public health systems’ preparedness and response.
Dr. Biddinger 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 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 University.