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Disaster Medicine

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Section Officers & Staff

Henry A. Curtis, MD, FACEP
Kathy Lehman-Huskamp, MD, FACEP
Mitchell Moriber, DO
Immediate Past Chair
Marc S. Rosenthal, DO, PhD, FACEP
David Callaway, MD, FACEP
Alternate Councillor
Justin W. Fairless, DO, LP, NRP, FACEP
Board Liaison
Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Patrick R. Elmes, EMT/P (Ret.)

Our Purpose

To provide a forum in which members of the College with special interest and/or expertise in the medical and non-medical management of disasters, mass casualty incidents, and mass gathering events can develop a knowledge base, share information, receive and give counsel and serve as a resource to the ACEP Board of Directors, the College membership, external organizations and agencies as well as others. To provide and promote the expertise of Section members in Disaster Medicine.

Until Help Arrives

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is excited to help announce the Until Help Arrives program, which was developed to educate and empower the public to take action and provide lifesaving care before professional help arrives.  We hope that you will find this information helpful in preparing to act when the need arises.

The Until Help Arrives program encourages the public to take these five steps in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma:

  • Call 9-1-1 
  • Protect the injured from harm
  • Stop bleeding
  • Position people so they can breathe
  • Provide comfort

More information on the Until Help Arrives program.

We want to thank our two sponsors, PerSys Medical and swyMed, for powering our ACEP17, Disaster Medicine Section meeting and award luncheon. 

PerSys offered a presentation by Mr. Eddy Vershilovsky.  Mr. Vershilovsky is a flight paramedic, a member of MADA (Magen David Adom Israel), and was mentored by Prof. Kobi Peleg whom is the director of the Isreali National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research.

swyMed offered information about a unique product that takes telemedicine to a new frontier with a plug-and-play backpack that for the first time enables real-time video telemedicine in truly mobile environments.


"Code Black"/ Earthquake Scenario featured in innovatED at ACEP16

Presented by the ACEP Disaster Medicine Section in collaboration with the Emergency Ultrasound, EMS-prehospital Care, Event Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine Sections.

Credits and Special Thanks   

Photo Gallery 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Patient is suffering from old wound as result of earthquake which had significant dead tissue, gangrene, infection, and maggots.  Wound cleaning and planning for admission for likely amputation due to gangrene.  Photo courtesy of Christina Bloem, MD.

Disaster Medicine Section Web Resources 

Current Topic of Interest - CDMS Annual Report 2011-2012

Radiological Emergencies

Suggested Reading

Texts and Resources

Planning for Persons with Functional Needs in a Disaster

The "Stop the Bleed" campaign is designed to provide civilians with the knowledge and tools to help control severe bleeding. Start a "Stop the Bleed" program in your local community.  

"Stop The Bleed" Campaign Video

National Disaster Life Support™ Foundation Advertisement (PDF)

Contact Us

For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an email to the staff liaison

Disaster Section members may send an email to all members of this section via the section e-list at acep_disastermedicinesection@ConnectedCommunity.org

You can also access the engagED Disaster Medicine Section Community by clicking here

Disaster Emergency Medicine Section Operational Guidelines

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