Gregory R. Ciottone
Other Academic

Gregory R. Ciottone

Instructor

Health Policy and Management

gciotton@bidmc.harvard.edu

Other Positions

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Overview

My ongoing academic and research goal is to continue to grow the field of Disaster Medicine, with a focus on the development of innovative educational programs and operational integration. Over my 25 years’ experience in Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, I have consulted in more than 30 countries around the world, and have taught as a visiting professor in programs at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, Tel Aviv University in Israel, and the Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy. I have also consulted for the US State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the White House Medical Unit, a position I continue in today. In 2019 I was elected President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), the oldest international emergency and disaster medicine organization with members from over 60 countries.

My field experience includes over 500 missions as a flight surgeon on a LifeFlight helicopter service, and deploying to numerous crises around the world. I worked with the United States Agency for International Development in the 1990s to create and implement disaster medical education programs that trained over 75,000 healthcare providers throughout the former Soviet Union, and later led an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear accident preparedness program for Eastern Europe. I also served as commander of one of the first federal disaster teams (DMAT Massachusetts-2) into Ground Zero during the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/2001.

The science of Disaster Medicine encompasses the healthcare needs around mitigation, preparedness, and response for these low frequency – high acuity events. I have recently launched a new initiative to enhance the integration of academics and research with disaster operations through the creation of centers of excellence around the world. In my determination, building resiliency to both natural and man-made disasters is dependent on that integration.

BA, 05/1987, Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry
Colby College

06/1983
St. Mark's School

MD, 06/1991, Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Chief Resident, Department of Emergency, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1993-1994
University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Massachusetts Senate Official Citation for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero on 9/11-26/2001
Massachusetts Senate

Commendation from DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero 9/11-26/2001
Department of Health and Human Services

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

EMS Physician-Of-The-Year
Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Threw-out the Ceremonial First Pitch at Fenway Park for 9/11 Remembrance
Boston Red Sox

Delegate to the European Master in Disaster Medicine Academy in Geneva2011-2015
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

Visiting Professor, Executive MPH program at TAU
Executive MPH program, Tel Aviv University

Selected as Emergency Management Consultant, White House Medical Unit2014-2019
White House Medical Unit

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Support of the President of the United States
White House Medical Unit

Elected Fellow (FFSEM) of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI and RCPI)
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Sciences Award
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

President, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)

American Academy of Disaster Medicine Distinguished Service Award
American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM)


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