Dr. Ciottone is President Emeritus of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), and the Founding Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, where he has trained over 100 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are now in leadership positions in the US and internationally.
Dr. Ciottone also serves as the Director of Medical Preparedness for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, a joint program of the HSPH and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and sits on the faculty committee for the Harvard University Scholars at Risk program. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
As a former member of the United States National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Ciottone was Commander of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Massachusetts-2 when it was one of the first federal teams deployed into Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 attacks. He was a Founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security and has been a consultant to the White House Medical Unit for the past three administrations.
Dr. Ciottone’s clinical and field experience includes 25 years as a practicing emergency physician and over 500 missions as a flight physician on an aeromedical helicopter service. He has conducted educational programs in more than 30 countries around the world and has served as a disaster response fellowship director for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Dr. Ciottone has written over 150 scholarly works on Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, including serving as founding Editor-in-Chief of his textbook Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, now in its 3rd edition and considered the leading textbook in the field.
In 2016, Dr Ciottone was recognized by the Physician to the President for “Outstanding Achievement in Support of the White House Medical Unit and the President of the United States”. He is the 2018 recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Sciences Award, and the 2020 recipient of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine Distinguished Service Award.
American Academy of Disaster Medicine Distinguished Service Award2020
American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM)
President, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)2019-2023
World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Sciences Award2018
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Fellow (FFSEM) of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI and RCPI)2017
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Consultant, White House Medical Unit2014-cont
White House Medical Unit
Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium2005-2009
Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium
Visiting Professor, Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy2005-2009
Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy
Massachusetts Senate Official Citation for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero on 9/11-26/20012001
Commendation from DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero 9/11-26/20012001
Department of Health and Human Services