Dr. Gregory Ciottone, who serves as the NPLI’s director of medical preparedness, has been named incoming president of WADEM, the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine at their recent conference in Brisbane, Australia. Ciottone also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he works clinically in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
WADEM’s mission is ” is the evidence-based improvement, education, and advocacy of emergency and disaster health care and disaster risk reduction.” With representatives from more than 60 countries, WADEM has been a major resource for global disaster preparedness and response.
Ciottone said, “It is an honor to be elected president of WADEM, the oldest and largest disaster and emergency medicine society in the world. It is my hope to lead WADEM through several new initiatives aimed at increasing global penetration through organizational affiliations and regional conferences, as well as creation of guidelines addressing some of the current hot-topic issues, including counter-terrorism medicine, post-acute phase disaster response, and infectious disease outbreaks.”
We look forward to seeing and supporting Dr. Ciottone’s efforts as he moves forward with this additional role.