Gregory R. Ciottone, MD, FACEP, FFSEM

Medical Director

After serving as commander of DMAT Massachusetts-2, one of the first United States federal disaster medical assistance teams deployed to Ground Zero following the  9/11 attacks, 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 (BIDMC) in Boston 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 of 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 for the U.S. State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the White House Medical Unit.

In addition to deploying to the Haiti earthquake and a number of other crises around the world, 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. Dr. Ciottone has taken his field experience and incorporated it into his academic work, training more than 50 Disaster Medicine fellows to date. He has also written over 100 scholarly works, including the first and second edition of the textbook Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine.