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Greg Ciottone, MD

Residency and Training

University of Massachusetts Medical Center 1994

Academic Rank

Associate Professor

About Dr. Ciottone

Dr. Ciottone is a practicing Emergency Physician with more than 17 years experience in academic, clinical and international medicine. He is a recognized expert in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, international healthcare policy and infrastructure-building.


Dr. Ciottone is a U.S. Board-Certified Emergency Physician and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He had also served as the Chair of the International Emergency Medicine Section at Harvard Medical School, as well as Director of the Division of International Disaster and Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for Emergency Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he works clinically in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ciottone is the Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, the first of its kind in a Harvard Teaching Hospital. This program graduated its first Fellow July 2009.


In addition to these appointments, Dr. Ciottone holds a Visiting Professorship in Disaster Medicine at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and the Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, and has served as the Medical Director for the Office of Security and Investigations, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C.


Dr. Ciottone holds the position of President of the International Board for the Advancement of Medicine, as well as Chief Medical Officer for the American Hospital Management Company. Dr. Ciottone is also the Founder of the Operational Medicine Institute (OMI) at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. OMI's mission is the global enhancement of Emergency Medical Services, and the advanced techniques of tactical EMS.


Dr. Ciottone has served as Commander of the federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Massachusetts-2, a Level-1 response team of the National Disaster Medical System, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the textbook "Disaster Medicine", published by Elsevier/Mosby in 2006, and is a nationally and internationally known expert in Emergency Management, with extensive field experience, including 10 years as a Flight Physician for a LifeFlight rescue helicopter system. In 2007 he was named "EMS Physician of the Year" by Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and in 2008 he was the "Spotlight" for the Phi Beta Kappa national publication Keynote Reporter. Also in 2008, the World Champion Boston Red Sox honored Dr. Ciottone by having him throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch as part of the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies at Fenway Park. In 2010, Dr. Ciottone was named by the Russian Federation Ministries of Education and Science as an approved Evaluation Expert for the New Eurasia Foundation, as defined within the framework of Resolution No. 220 of the Russian Federation Government.


Dr. Ciottone is a graduate of Colby College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and awarded numerous awards in Biology and Chemistry. He then graduated the University Of Massachusetts Medical School, receiving the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine "Excellence in Emergency Medicine" award. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and was selected by the faculty and his peers as Chief Resident. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Ciottone was named to the University of Massachusetts faculty where he rose to the level of Assistant Professor before being asked to join the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1999.


Since 1993 Dr. Ciottone has taught throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union where he played a key role in the development of 22 Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and EMS training centers, sponsored by the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His division has developed curricula in various areas of Emergency Medicine that have been used to instruct over 40,000 medical and non-medical personnel around the world.


Through his role as Commander of the DMAT Massachusetts-2, Dr. Ciottone led this level-1 federal disaster response team on numerous deployments, the most notable of which was the World Trade Center response on September 11, 2001, where his was one of the first federal disaster teams into Ground Zero. Remaining on site for 2 weeks, his team treated 400 casualties per day in five field stations. Dr. Ciottone won an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate for his work at Ground Zero. Today, he remains an integral part of the American counter-terrorism disaster preparedness program.


In 2001, Dr. Ciottone became an Implementing Partner of the United Nations Disaster Management Training Program. This prestigious title is given to select international experts, allowing them to work as consultants to the family of United Nations organizations. Through this role Dr. Ciottone became an Editor for the UN training module "Disaster Management for Terrorist Events." Currently in production, this manual will be used by the United Nations to train personnel worldwide on the preparedness for and response to terrorist attacks.


In 2004 Dr. Ciottone was named to the faculty of the European Master of Disaster Medicine (EMDM). Arguably the premier educational program in Disaster Medicine in the world, Dr. Ciottone was one of only two Americans appointed to the faculty at that time. He continues teaching at the EMDM today.


Dr. Ciottone continues to lecture nationally and internationally on Emergency Medical Services, disaster management and counter-terrorism related issues. He is consistently requested as a Key Note Speaker or Chairman at Disaster Preparedness and Response congresses around the world, and is a Founding Member of the United States Department of Homeland Security.


He has served as a Disaster Management Fellowship Director for the International Atomic Energy Agency and as the Medical Director for the Tactical EMS Training Program for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA Academy) in Quantico Virginia. He is also a consultant to the federal project "ER-One" in Washington D.C. creating the disaster-ready hospital of the future.

Major Puplications

Ciottone GR, Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine First Edition, Elsevier/Mosby, Philadelphia, 2006

Successful Development/Implementation of a Tactical Emergency Medical Technician Training Program for United States Federal Agents, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 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, Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2005 Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 36-39

Implementation of an Emergency and Disaster Medical Response Training Network in the CIS, Ciottone, GR, Old, Nichols, Anderson. Journal of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2005 Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 221-229

Disaster Diplomacy: Current Controversies and Future Prospects, Yim, ES, Callaway, DW, Fares, S, Ciottone, GR, Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2009 Vol 24, No. 4, pp 291-293


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