Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health     Achieving Global Health Security

Conference Program

The CME and CNE are for the Monday, Dec 4 and Tuesday, Dec 5 program only.

Medicine (CME) Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint-providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. The Westchester Academy of Medicine is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Westchester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE) Accreditation Statement

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is approved for 12.75 nursing contact hour(s).

Monday, December 4

0830-0900: Registration


Keynote|NDMS: The Next 10 Years

Helga Marie Scharf-Bell, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN, NDHP-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Acting Director
National Disaster Medical System
Washington, DC


Assessing and Increasing Health System Resilience in Non-traditional Flood Areas

Benjamin J. Ryan, PhD, MPH
Professor Frist College of Medicine
Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee

1030-1045: Break


Human Health Impacts of Wildland Fires

Wayne E. Cascio, MD, FACC
Director of the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Durham, North Carolina


Climate Change and Community Resilience: the PHEER Network

David P. Eisenman, MD, MSHS
Professor in Residence
Director, UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
Co-Director, UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions
University of California, Los Angeles, California



Moderator: Latasha Allen, MSPH, MEDM
United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) HHS FDA

1245-1330: Lunch and Networking

Inaugural Frederick M. “Skip” Burkle Distinguished Lecture

Ronald Blanck, DO, MACP
Executive Director and Senior Vice President 

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) a division of Intealth

1330-1415: Poster Session Presentations


How Conflict Zone Trauma Stabilization Points Translate to the Resource Constrained MCI Response

Flavio Salio, PhD
Emergency Medical Teams (EMT)
Network Leader
World Health Organization (WHO)
Geneva, Switzerland


Prehospital Point-of-Care Ultrasound to Guide Life Saving Damage Control Interventions and Priority Transport in Resource Scarce Environments

Jessica Ryder, MBBS
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Programs Medical Lead, Team Rubicon

1545-1600: Break


Humanitarian Surgery in 21st-Century Armed Conflict

Hannah B. Wild, MD
Department of General Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington



Moderator: Luca Ragazzoni, MD, PhD
Scientific Coordinator
CRIMEDIM,Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Global Health Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy

1715-1730: Wrap-up

Tuesday, December 5

0830-0900: Registration


Artificial Intelligence Chatbots in Disaster Medicine: What is ChatGPT and How Do I Use It?

Jeffrey Franc, MD, FCFP.EM., MSc(Disaster Med), MS (Statistics), Dip Sport Med
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


DARPA’s In the Moment (ITM) Program: Human-aligned Algorithms for Making Difficult Battlefield Triage Decisions

Matt Turek, PhD
Deputy Director
Information Innovation Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Arlington, Virginia

1045-1100: Break


The Path of Telemedicine in Disaster Response

Tehnaz P. Boyle, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center, Boston University
Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts



Moderator: Erica Nelson, MD, PhM, MAS
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine

1215-1245: Lunch and Networking

1245-1345: Poster Session Presentations


Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Disaster Medicine

Dónal O'Mathúna, B.Sc.(Pharm), MA, PhD
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio


Developing Wearable (Wristband) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Advanced Technologies in Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Response: the NIGHTINGALE PROJECT

Marta Caviglia, MD, PhD
Senior Research Associate
CRIMEDIM, Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Global Health Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy

1515-1530: Break


Augmented Reality in Education

Rebekah Cole, PhD, MEd
School of Medicine, Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, Maryland


Essential Disaster Medicine Education, Training and Competencies

Luca Ragazzoni, MD, PhD
Scientific Coordinator
CRIMEDIM, Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Global Health Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy



Moderator: Dónal O'Mathúna, B.Sc.(Pharm), MA, PhD Associate Professor
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio

1730-1745: Wrap-up

Wednesday, December 6

0830-0900: Registration

0900-16:00: Program


Keynote | Preparing the Nation for an Uncertain Future

Jeffrey D. Freeman, PhD, MPH
Director and Special Assistant to the President
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, Maryland


One Size Does Not Fit All: Situational Specifics


Arthur Cooper, MD
Director, Pediatric Surgical Services and Director of the Trauma Center for the Columbia University Affiliation at Harlem Hospital Center

New York, New York

Climate Change and Heat

R. Nicholas Staab, MD, MSPH
Assistant Medical Directory
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Phoenix, Arizona

Just-in-Time Training

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

1100-1115: Break


Strategic Imperative and Response

Collaboration, Curriculum, Coordination

Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP
Emeritus, Founder and National Director, The Street Dog Coalition
Emergency Clinician, Animal Emergency Services
Instructor, Colorado School of Public Health

1200-1300: Lunch

1300-1330: SDMPH Business Meeting

Strategic Imperative and Response continued with Q&A


Pandemic Preparedness

Maj. Gen. (ret) Paul Friedrichs, MD
Deputy Assistant to the President
Director, Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy
The White House
Washington, DC

Public Health Response

Kami Cooper, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Chief, Readiness and Deployment
Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
Rockville, Maryland


Panel Discussion: Complexity and Compassion with Q&A

Melissa Givens, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Military and Emergency Medicine
Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, Maryland

Thomas M. Wilkinson, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Health Security, Health Information Systems & Decision Support, AD for Healthcare Systems & Oversight Directorate (A) | Washington, DC

Ryan J. Cool
DHMS- Joint Operational Medicine Information Systems (JOMIS)
Arlington, Virginia

1540-1550: Break


Late Breaking

Rajeev Fernando, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Heal Corp
Chief Medical Officer, Chirai Charities
Director of Field International Operations, Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts


Closing Keynote

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, MACP, FACP (E), FNAPA
Executive Director
American Public Health Association
Washington, DC


Conference Summary

James J. James, MD, Dr.PH
Executive Director
The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Queen Creek, Arizona

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