Director, Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program, BIDMC
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, 2nd Edition
Dr. Ciottone has dedicated his career to the academic advancement of Disaster Medicine through a combination of field work, research, and scholarly activity. He is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Founder and Director of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, the first of its kind at a Harvard teaching hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Instructor of Healthcare Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also serves as the Director for Medical Preparedness at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Ciottone has taught educational programs in Disaster Medicine in over 30 countries around the world, and has consulted domestically for the US State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the White House Medical Unit.
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. Early in his career he worked with the United States Agency for International Development to create and implement sustainable disaster medical education programs throughout the former Soviet Union that have trained over 50,000 healthcare providers in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, and Disaster Medicine. He later helped lead an International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear accident preparedness program for Eastern Europe. He also served as commander of one of the first federal disaster medical assistance teams (DMAT Massachuestts-2) into Ground Zero during the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11/2001, and has deployed to a number of other crises around the world, including the Haiti earthquake. He has also served as the Medical Director for several EMS systems including Medstar Ambulance, West Boylston MA EMS, Westminster MA EMS, and Wachusett Mountain Ski Patrol.
Dr. Ciottone has taken his field experience and incorporated it into his academic work, training over 50 Disaster Medicine fellows to date. His educational philosophy is to not teach Disaster Medicine by textbook and lecture alone. Rather, he incorporates over 30 domestic and international field rotations into his fellowship program, as well as deploys his fellows and faculty (through a NGO partner) to international disasters. He has written over 100 scholarly works, including the first and second edition of the textbook Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, named in his honor. The second edition, named the leading textbook in the field by the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was released in 2016 and has been translated into Mandarin by the Chinese Ministry of Health to be used throughout China. His most recent publication, a New England Journal of Medicine article entitled Toxidrome Recognition in Chemical Weapons Attacks, introduces a novel approach to the civilian response to chemical attacks.
Dr. Ciottone received an official citation from the Massachusetts Senate and a personal letter of thanks from Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, both for his work at Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001 federal response. He was named “EMS Physician of the Year” by Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services, and was the “Spotlight” for the Phi Beta Kappa national publication Keynote Reporter. Dr. Ciottone was also honored by the Boston Red Sox and threw-out the Ceremonial First Pitch as part of a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fenway Park. In 2009 he worked personally with Mikhail Gorbachev and the Gorbachev Foundation towards improved healthcare infrastructure in Russia, and was later selected as an expert evaluator for the New Eurasia project by the Russian Ministries of Science and Education. In 2017 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”, and was inducted as a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Disaster Medical Sciences Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Ciottone has had numerous appearances on CNN and European SKY news as a subject matter expert. He has been quoted in multiple news sources including the Boston Globe, Washington Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC news networks, Discovery news, and National Public Radio. He has also given a TEDx talk on Crisis Leadership, based on his experience leading a DMAT team at Ground Zero 9/11-24/2001, and a similar talk on Counter-Terrorism Medicine. Today, he continues to teach and lecture on Disaster Medicine around the world, as well as teach it to medical students, residents, and fellows.
Dr. Ciottone has consulted in disaster medicine, emergency management, and emergency medicine in more than 30 countries around the world for over 25 years, leading numerous sustainable projects that have trained an estimated 50,000 healthcare professionals. He is currently working with international universities to form collaborative Centers of Excellence in Disaster Medicine that will all be united through the establishment of the Global Society of Disaster Medicine.
Dr. Ciottone has held visiting professorships posts in Disaster Medicine at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and Universita’ del Piemonte Orientale in Italy.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- Keynote Address, Gulfthoracic 2012, Dubai, UAE
- Keynote Address, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Keynote Address, Conference on Disaster Medicine, Tianjin, China
- Keynote Address, 4th International Symposium on Mass Casualty Response, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Invited Speaker, Conference on CBRNE and Terrorism, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
- Invited Speaker, International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Dublin, Ireland
- Keynote Address, 3rd Annual Critical Care Conference, Dubai, UAE
- TEDx Talk on Crisis Leadership, Tallinn, Estonia
Upcoming speaking engagements:
- Keynote Address, Operation Convergent Response, Perry Georgia (November 2018)
- Keynote Address, International Conference on Disaster Medicine, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou China (November 2018)
- Keynote Address, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Brisbane, Australia (May 2019)
- Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief, Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine 2nd Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2016
- Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine 1st Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2006
- Ciottone GR. Toxidrome Recognition in Chemical-Weapons Attack. New England Journal of Medicine, New Eng J Med. 2018 Apr 26;378(17):1611-1620
- Molloy MS, Robertson, CM, Ciottone GR. Fit to deploy or deployment fitness; The Chester Step test (CST) a reliable, reproducible method of assessing disaster deployment personnel physical fitness. South Med J. 2017 Aug;110(8):494-496
- 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 Mar 20:1-6
- Bortolin M, Morelli I, Voskanyan A, Joyce NR, Ciottone GR. Earthquake-Related Orthopedic Injuries in Adult Population: A Systematic Review. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2017 Jan 30:1-8
- 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
- Ryan, KM, Gagnon, M, Hanna, T, Mello, B, Fofana, M, Ciottone, GR, Molloy, MS, Noise Pollution: Do We Need a Solution? An Analysis of Noise in a Cardiac Care Unit. Prehosp Disaster Med. Prehosp Disaster Med. 31(4):432-5 Aug 2016
- Ganz A, Schafer JM, Zhuorui Yang, Jun Yi, Ciottone GR. DIORAMA enhances efficiency of a mass casualty incident: System and experimentation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 Aug; 2016: 2644-2647.
- 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
- Ganz A, Schafer J, Tang J, Yang Z, Yi, J, Ciottone GR, Urban Search and Rescue Situational Awareness using DIORAMA Disaster Management System, Procedia Engineering, Vol. 107, 349-356, 2015
- Ganz A, Schafer J, Tang J, Yang Z, Yi J, Ciottone GR, Interactive Visual Analytic Tools for Forensic Analysis of Mass Casualty Incidents Using DIORAMA System, in Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), 2015 IEEE International Symposium, pp.1-4, 2015
- Ganz A, Schafer J, Tang J, Yang Z, Yi J, Ciottone GR, Mobile DIORAMA-II: Infrastructure Less Information Collection System for Mass Casualty Incidents, Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014:2682-5.
- Yim ES, Macy R, Ciottone GR, 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. Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Vol 29, issue 2, 195-9 Apr 2014
- Fares S, Femino M, Sayah A, Weiner D, Yim ES, Douthwright S, Molloy MS, Irfan FB,Karkoukli MA, Lipton R, Burstein JL, Mazrouei MA, Ciottone GR, Healthcare System Hazard Vulnerability Analysis: An Assessment of all Public Hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Disasters, London, Vol 38, issue 2, 420-33, Apr 2014
- Ganz A, Schafer J, Yu X, Burstein J, Graydon Lord, Ciottone GR,: Real-time Scalable Resource Tracking Framework (DIORAMA) for Mass Casualty Incidents. International Journal on EHealth and Medical Communications (IJEHMC), Vol 4, issue 2, 2013
- 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; 1:386-9
- Fares S, Zubaid M, Al-Mahmeed W, Ciottone GR, Sayah A, Al Suwaidi J, Amin H, Al-Atawna F, Ridha M, Sulaiman K, Alsheikh-Ali AA, Emergency Medical Services by Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes in the Arab Gulf States. J Emerg Med. 2010
- Kelly SP, Weiner SG, Anderson PD, Irish J, Ciottone GR, 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 5;3(1):21-6.
- 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
- Nagurney JT, Huang C, Kulkarni RG, 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
- 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
- Ciottone, GR, Old, Nichols, Anderson, Implementation of an Emergency and Disaster Medical Response Training Network in the CIS, Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2005 Vol.29, No.2, pp221-229
- Teriggi J. Ciccone, MD; Philip D. Anderson, MD; Chon A. D. Gann, LPN, EMT-T, IDM; J. Michael Riley, EMT-P; Michael Maxwell, EMT-P; Robert Hopkins, EMT-P; Ciottone GR,Successful Development/Implementation of a Tactical Emergency Medical Technician Training Program for United States Federal Agents, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2005 Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 36-39
- Hojnoski, Ciottone GR, Aghababian, International Development of Emergency Medical Systems: Educational Techniques for the Future. European Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 1998, 5(1): 23-7
- Aghababian, Levy, Moyer, Mottley, Ciottone GR, Freitas, Minasian, Integration of United States Emergency Medicine Concepts Into Emergency Services in the Newly Independent States, Annals of Emergency Medicine, September 1995, PP 368-375
- M.D., University of Massachusetts School of Medicine