Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. The Journal six times per year always welcomes new submissions.  Society members receive an online subscription as part of their membership, and are encouraged to register themselves as journal reviewers by creating an online profile. Institutional subscription rates can be found here. 


James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA   Chief Executive Officer, Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc, Rockville, Maryland

Deputy Editor

David Markenson, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACEP

Chief Medical Officer, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, Colorado

Associate Editors

Elizabeth Ablah, PhD, MPH  Associate Professor, University of Kansas-Wichita School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas

Daniel J. Barnett, MD, MPH  Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Charles W. Beadling, MD, FAAFP, IDHA, DMCC Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland,  Principal Investigator of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) program at the USUHS Center for Global Health Engagement. 

Sandra C. Bibb, DNSc, RN, FAAN Dean and Professor, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor of Research Surgery and Preventive Medicine Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Frederick M. Burkle Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, FAAP, FACEP, Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Laura J. Cavanaugh, MD, FAAP Pediatrician, Private Practice, Atlanta, Georgia

Jennifer L. Chan, MD, MPH   Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Mike Clarke, PhD,  Professor/Director of MRC Methodology Hub, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Center for Public Health Institute for Health Sciences,Queens University, Belfast, UK

Cham E. Dallas, PhD, University of Georgia / Medical College of Georgia, USA

Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, Executive Director, Defense Health Horizons, Chief Executive Officer, The Avielle Foundation, Atlanta, GA 

Betty Duggan, Director, NYC Medical Reserve Corps, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Shinichi Egawa, MD, PhD, Division of International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine, IRIDeS, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Brian W. Flynn, Ed D, Department of Psychiatry, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, PhD, Head of Health Promotion Program, School of Public Health, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Science, University of Haifa, Israel

Dan Hanfling, MD,  Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia

Edbert B. Hsu, MD, MPH   Director of Training, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, Baltimore, Maryland

Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Joshua C. Morganstein, MD, Commander, US Public Health Service, Department of Psychiatry, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

Stephen S. Morse, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology & Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 

Frederick C. Nucifora Jr., DO, PhD, MHS,  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Michael J. Reilly, DrPH, MPH, NREMT-P, CEM, Center for Disaster Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

Managing Editor

Alice O’Donnell

Henry Jackson Foundation,  National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, Maryland. Editorial Support provied by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health


Jennifer Holmes

Editorial Board

 John Armstrong, MD, FACS, University of South Florida, USA

Lewis R. Goldfrank, MD, New York University / New York City Poison Center

John L. Hick, MD, University of Minnesota, USA

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, Arizona State University, USA

Gabor Kelen, MD, FRCP(C), FACEP, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Thomas D. Kirsch, MD, MPH, FACEP, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Rockville, Maryland, USA

William Lanier, MD, Mayo Clinic, USA

Yasuhiro Otomo, MD, PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital of Medicine, Japan

Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, JD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA

Irwin Redlener, MD, Columbia University, USA

Hou Shi-ke, MD, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University, China

W. Craig Vanderwagen, MD, Martin, Blanck, and Associates, USA

Statistical Editors

Guohua Li, MD, DrPH, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA

Michael A. Stoto, PhD, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, USA

Associate Board

Erik Auf der Heide, MD, MPH, FACEP, US Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Joseph A. Barbera, MD, The George Washington University, USA

Donna F. Barbisch, DrHA, MPH, Institute for Global and Regional Readiness, USA

Steven M. Becker, PhD, Old Dominion University College of Health Sciences, USA

Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, American Public Health Association, USA

John Brownstein, PhD, Children's Hospital Boston, USA

Arthur Cooper, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, FCCM, Harlem Hospital Center, USA

Asha Devereaux, MD, MPH, American College of Chest Physicians Disaster Response NetWork, USA

Edward Eitzen, MD, MPH, Blanck and Associates, USA

Mikael Eliasson, MD, PhD, GE Healthcare, USA

Joshua Epstein, PhD, The Brookings Institution, USA

J. Christopher Farmer, MD, FCCM, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, USA

Richard Garfield, RN, DrPH, Columbia University, USA

Jeffrey Hammond, MD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA

D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA

David Joyner, MD, Salus Healthcare International, USA

David Lakey, MD, Texas Department of State Health Services, USAE. 

Brooke Lerner, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

Jonathan Links, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Craig H. Llewellyn, MD, MPH, MSTMH, FACPM, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, USA

Darrell E. Lovins, DO, MPH, FACOFP, William Carey University, USA

Anthony Macintyre, MD, The George Washington University, USA

John Mutter, PhD, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA

Kobi Peleg, PhD, MPH, Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Israel

Cheryl Peterson, RN, MSN, American Nurses Association, USA

Steven J. Phillips, MD, US Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Louis Rowitz, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Joseph Scanlon, Carleton University, USAR. 

Tom Sizemore III, MD, US Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Robert Ursano, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA

Jeb Weisman, PhD, Columbia University, USA

Kevin Yeskey, MD

Chair of Global Committee

Raymond E. Swienton, MD, FACEP, University of Texas Southwestern, USA

Global Committee

Call for Papers: Zika

 Introducing Rapid Reports – Zika: A Virus Epidemic  Special articles by the journal Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP) Designed to be a conduit for operational and policy-level information to improve both health outcomes and critical decision-making, the stated goal is to provide factual, useful information without political bias and not subject to exaggeration. Because of the nature of this outbreak and its strong association to an increase in microencephalic births, it is imperative that such information be provided to the public in a complete and transparent way. We believe one of the most effective conduits toward achieving this is through the peer-reviewed medical literature, but this must be done expeditiously to ensure maximum effectiveness. As an academic journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness has a responsibility to ensure accountability and transparency of all of its published material as well as to provide information that is both evidence-based, whenever possible, and has been subject to peer review. These are the journal standards and every effort will be taken to rigorously apply them as we attempt to publish a live issue. Submission Guidelines Submissions should be 1500 words maximum, with no more than 10 references and 1 to 2 images. The submission of online video or other supplementary material is encouraged.  Longer submissions will be considered when, in the judgment of the editors, the content merits such. All submissions will be e-published in close to real time with subsequent print publication at a later date. The goal is to enhance preparedness and response — ongoing translational research so to speak.  Publication will be accomplished within 15 working days of receipt of accepted manuscripts. Submit manuscripts to Articles, once accepted will be published online For further information: contact 

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