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Gregory R. Ciottone, M.D.

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University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMD06/1991Medicine
Colby CollegeBA05/1987Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry
St. Mark's School06/1983
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
1993 - 1994
Chief Resident, Department of Emergency, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
Implementing Partner, United Nations Development Program, Geneva Switzerland
Massachusetts Senate Official Citation for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero on 9/11-26/2001
Commendation from DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson for commanding DMAT MA-2 at Ground Zero 9/11-26/2001
2002 - 2003
Medical Director, Tactical EMS training program, DEA Academy, Quantico VA
2005 - 2009
Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium
2005 - 2009
Visiting Professor, Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy
Massachusetts EMS Physician-Of-The-Year
"Spotlight Feature" in Phi Beta Kappa national magazine Keynote Reporter
Threw-out the Ceremonial First Pitch at Fenway Park for 9/11 Remembrance
Invited to meet personally with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss healthcare reform in Russia
Served as personal envoy from Mikhail Gorbachev to OPIC
2010 - 2014
Selected Evaluation Expert, New Eurasia Project, Russian Ministries of Science and Education, Moscow
2011 - 2015
Delegate to the European Master in Disaster Medicine Academy in Geneva
Visiting Professor, Executive MPH program at TAU
2014 - 2019
Selected as Emergency Management Consultant, White House Medical Unit
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Support of the President of the United States
Elected Fellow (FFSEM) of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI and RCPI)
American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Sciences Award
President, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)

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.

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  1. Hart A, Bortolin M, Awoniyi O, Alhajjaj F, Ciottone G. A Proposed COVID-19 Testing Algorithm. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 Jun 24; 1-9. PMID: 32576313.
  2. Argote-Aramendiz K, Molloy MS, Hart A, Voskayan A, Sarin R, Ciottone GR. Effect of Road Safety Laws on Deaths and Injuries from Road Traffic Collisions in Colombia. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2020 Jun 17; 1-9. PMID: 32552918.
  3. Khan A, Yezli S, Ciottone G, Borodina M, Ranse J, Gautret P, Turris S, Lund A, Memish ZA, Sharma A, Mahomed O, Parker S, Asiri A, Jokhdar H. Recommendations from the 4th International Conference on Mass Gatherings Medicine, Saudi Arabia. East Mediterr Health J. 2020 May 21; 26(5):503-505. PMID: 32538442.
  4. Gout L, Hart A, Houze-Cerfon CH, Sarin R, Ciottone GR, Bounes V. Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2020 Apr; 35(2):225-228. PMID: 32167446.
  5. Al Mulhim MA, Darling RG, Sarin R, Hart A, Kamal H, Al Hadhirah A, Voskanyan A, Hofmann L, Connor BA, Band RA, Jones J, Tubb R, Jackson R, Baez AA, Wasser E, Conley S, Lang W, Ciottone G. A dignitary medicine curriculum developed using a modified Delphi methodology. Int J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 21; 13(1):11. PMID: 32085699.
  6. Sarin RR, Hick JL, Livinski AA, Nieratko J, Treber M, Mazurek A, Brannman S, Biddinger P, Burstein J, Ciottone G, Goldberg S, Milsten A, Nemeth I, Goralnick E. Disaster Medicine: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature From 2016. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019 12; 13(5-6):946-957. PMID: 31213210.
  7. Al Mulhim MA, Darling RG, Kamal H, Voskanyan A, Ciottone G. Dignitary Medicine: A Novel Area of Medical Training. Cureus. 2019 Oct 22; 11(10):e5962. PMID: 31799098.
  8. Hart A, Toma M, Issa F, Ciottone GR. Absence of Cultural Awareness Training in International Non-Governmental Organizations. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2019 Oct; 34(5):486-488. PMID: 31522696.
  9. Sarin RR, Biddinger P, Brown J, Burstein JL, Burkle FM, Char D, Ciottone G, Hick JL, Koenig KL, Little C, Schultz C, Maggin J, Goralnick E. Core Disaster Medicine Education (CDME) for Emergency Medicine Residents in the United States. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2019 Oct; 34(5):473-480. PMID: 31455462.
  10. Alhadhira A, Molloy MS, Casasola M, Sarin RR, Massey M, Voskanyan A, Ciottone GR. Use of Dimensional Analysis in the X-, Y-, and Z-Axis to Predict Occurrence of Injury in Human Stampede. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 Apr; 14(2):248-255. PMID: 31272522.
  11. Kommor MB, Hodge B, Ciottone G. Development and Implementation of a Disaster Medicine Certificate Series (DMCS) for Medical Students. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2019 Apr; 34(2):197-202. PMID: 30981286.
  12. Ciottone GR. Toxidrome Recognition in Chemical-Weapons Attacks. N Engl J Med. 2018 04 26; 378(17):1611-1620. PMID: 29694809.
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  13. Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief. Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine 2nd ed. Chinese edition. 2018.
  14. Molloy MS, Robertson CM, Ciottone GR. Chester Step Test as a Reliable, Reproducible Method of Assessing Physical Fitness of Disaster Deployment Personnel. South Med J. 2017 08; 110(8):494-496. PMID: 28771644.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Sarin RR, Cattamanchi S, Alqahtani A, Aljohani M, Keim M, Ciottone GR. Disaster Education: A Survey Study to Analyze Disaster Medicine Training in Emergency Medicine Residency Programs in the United States. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017 Aug; 32(4):368-373. PMID: 28318478.
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  16. Bortolin M, Morelli I, Voskanyan A, Joyce NR, Ciottone GR. Earthquake-Related Orthopedic Injuries in Adult Population: A Systematic Review. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017 Apr; 32(2):201-208. PMID: 28134070.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Al-Shareef AS, Alsulimani LK, Bojan HM, Masri TM, Grimes JO, Molloy MS, Ciottone GR. Evaluation of Hospitals' Disaster Preparedness Plans in the Holy City of Makkah (Mecca): A Cross-Sectional Observation Study. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017 Feb; 32(1):33-45. PMID: 27964768.
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  18. Ganz A, Schafer JM, Ciottone G. DIORAMA enhances efficiency of a mass casualty incident: System and experimentation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 08; 2016:2644-2647. PMID: 28268865.
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  19. Ganz A, Schafer JM, Yang Z, Yi J, Lord G, Ciottone G. Evaluation of a Scalable Information Analytics System for Enhanced Situational Awareness in Mass Casualty Events. Int J Telemed Appl. 2016; 2016:9362067. PMID: 27433161.
    Citations: 1     
  20. Ryan KM, Gagnon M, Hanna T, Mello B, Fofana M, Ciottone G, Molloy M. Noise Pollution: Do We Need a Solution? An Analysis of Noise in a Cardiac Care Unit. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016 Aug; 31(4):432-5. PMID: 27211892.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  21. Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief. Ciottone's Disaster Medicine. 2015; 1048 pages. View Publication.
  22. Wuthisuthimethawee P, Molloy MS, Ciottone GR. Sustainable Effectiveness of Applying Trauma Team Activation in Managing Trauma Patients in the Emergency Department. J Med Assoc Thai. 2015 Sep; 98(9):847-51. PMID: 26591393.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Yim ES, Macy RD, Ciottone G. Medical and psychosocial needs of Olympic and Pan American athletes after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: an opportunity to promote resilience through sports medicine and public diplomacy. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Apr; 29(2):195-9. PMID: 24721144.
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  24. Fares S, Femino M, Sayah A, Weiner DL, Yim ES, Douthwright S, Molloy MS, Irfan FB, Karkoukli MA, Lipton R, Burstein JL, Mazrouei MA, Ciottone G. Health care system hazard vulnerability analysis: an assessment of all public hospitals in Abu Dhabi. Disasters. 2014 Apr; 38(2):420-33. PMID: 24601924.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Ganz A, Schafer JM, Yang Z, Yi J, Lord G, Ciottone G. Mobile DIORAMA-II: infrastructure less information collection system for mass casualty incidents. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014; 2014:2682-5. PMID: 25570543.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Fares S, Zubaid M, Al-Mahmeed W, Ciottone G, Sayah A, Al Suwaidi J, Amin H, Al-Atawna F, Ridha M, Sulaiman K, Alsheikh-Ali AA. Utilization of emergency medical services by patients with acute coronary syndromes in the Arab Gulf States. J Emerg Med. 2011 Sep; 41(3):310-6. PMID: 20580517.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Kelly SP, Weiner SG, Anderson PD, Irish J, Ciottone G, Pini R, Grifoni S, Rosen P, Ban KM. Learner perception of oral and written examinations in an international medical training program. Int J Emerg Med. 2010 Feb 05; 3(1):21-6. PMID: 20414377.
  28. Ganz A, Yu X, Schafer J, D'Hauwe S, Nathanson LA, Burstein J, Ciottone GR, Lord G. DIORAMA: dynamic information collection and resource tracking architecture. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010; 2010:386-9. PMID: 21097191.
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  29. Yim ES, Callaway DW, Fares S, Ciottone GR. Disaster diplomacy: current controversies and future prospects. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 24(4):291-3. PMID: 19806551.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  30. Nagurney JT, Huang C, Kulkarni RG, Sane S, Davis MA, Anderson PD, Gaufberg SV, Ciottone GR, Motola I, Chang Y, Setnik G. An attempt to measure the spread of emergency medicine internationally. Intern Emerg Med. 2007 Dec; 2(4):302-10. PMID: 18060470.
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  31. Ban KM, Pini R, Sanchez LD, Weiner SG, Anderson PD, Grifoni S, Ciottone GR, Edlow JA, Kelly SP, Galli L, Freitas R, Rosen P, Berni GC, Wolfe RE, Gensini G. The Tuscan Emergency Medicine Initiative. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Dec; 50(6):726-32. PMID: 17766008.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief. Disaster Medicine. 2006; 984 pages.
  33. Ciottone GR. Disaster Medicine. Introduction to Disaster Medicine. 2006.
  34. Stridor, Ciottone GR. Five Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. 2006.
  35. Ciottone GR, Old A, Nicholas S, Anderson PD. Implementation of an emergency and disaster medical response training network in the Commonwealth of Independent States. J Emerg Med. 2005 Aug; 29(2):221-9. PMID: 16029838.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Ciottone GR. Terrorism and Other Man-Made Disasters. 2005.
  37. Ciccone TJ, Anderson PD, Gann CA, Riley JM, Maxwell M, Hopkins R, Ciottone G. Successful development and implementation of' a tactical emergency medical technician training program for United States federal agents. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2005 Jan-Feb; 20(1):36-9. PMID: 15748013.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Ciottone GR. First Responder Curriculum for Commonwealth of Independent States. United States Agency for International Development and American International Health Alliance. 2003.
  39. Ciottone GR, Co-Editor. Prehospital Curriculum for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. United States Agency for International Development and American International Health Alliance. 2002.
  40. Gregory R Ciottone, Gregory D Jay, Philip D Anderson and Robert M Gum. Injuries among Workers during the 2001 World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Mission Selim Suner”. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2002; Volume 9(Number 5 ):502-503.
  41. Mazurenko, Ciottone GR . Disaster Medicine. Scientific Assemblies of the Ukraine Military Medical Academy. 2001; 341-344.
  42. Ciottone GR, Anderson PD, Freitas R, Hojnoski, J. Emergency Medical Care for First Responders in the CIS Region. 2001.
  43. Greenough, Aghababian, Ciottone GR. A Course for Pediatric Disaster Management. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2000; 15(3):87.
  44. Ciottone GR. Prehospital Airway Management, Masters in Airway Management Program, Campus Biomedico, University of Rome School of Medicine. 2000.
  45. Hojnoski JA, Ciottone GR, Aghababian RV. International development of emergency medical systems: educational techniques for the future. Eur J Emerg Med. 1998 Mar; 5(1):23-7. PMID: 10406415.
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  46. Ciottone GR. Contributing Author and Instructor, Danish Pre-hospital Life Support Course, Copenhagen Denmark. 1998.
  47. Ciottone GR, CO-Editor. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Curriculum for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and American International Health Alliance (AIHA. 1997.
  48. Ciottone GR. Emergency Medicine Curriculum for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, United States Agency for International Development and American International Health Alliance. 1996.
  49. Aghababian RV, Levy K, Moyer P, Mottley L, Ciottone G, Freitas R, Minasian A. Integration of United States emergency medicine concepts into emergency services in the New Independent States. Ann Emerg Med. 1995 Sep; 26(3):368-75. PMID: 7661431.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Ciottone GR, Aghababian RV. Prehospital Curriculum for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, United States Agency for International Development and American International Health Alliance. 1995.
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