Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Board of Directors

Gregory Ciottone, MD
PresidentUnited States

Dr. Gregory Ciottone has dedicated his career to the academic advancement of Disaster Medicine through a combination of fieldwork, research, and scholarly activity. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has taught educational programs in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management in over 30 countries around the world and has consulted domestically for the US State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the White House Medical Unit.

He has written over 100 scholarly works, including the first and second editions of the leading textbook in the field, Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Ciottone was recognized by the Physician to the President for “Outstanding Achievement In Support Of The White House Medical Unit And The President Of The United States,” and in 2018 he received the Disaster Medical Sciences Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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. Early in his career, he worked with the United States Agency for International Development to create and implement sustainable medical education programs throughout the former Soviet Union that trained over 50,000 healthcare providers in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Medicine.

He later helped lead an International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear accident preparedness program for Eastern Europe. He also served as commander of one of the first federal disaster medical teams into Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/2001 and has deployed to a number of other crises around the world, including the Haiti Earthquake.

Jerome Hauer, PhD, MHS
Chief Financial OfficerUnited States

Dr. Hauer has served in Cabinet-level positions at the local and state level and as the first Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services. He was the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the State of Indiana and Deputy Director of EMS in NYC.

Dr. Hauer is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and President of the Homeland Security Section of the Health Physics Society. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Humanitarian Health at the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

He earned his doctorate at Cranfield University, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom. Dr. Hauer also has a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.

Sean Smith, CCRN
SecretaryUnited States

Sean Smith is a Humanitarian/Flight Nurse-Paramedic who has practiced and taught Critical Care, Aero-Medical Transport, and Emergency Medicine across the age spectrum, from neonates to geriatrics, for more than 15 years. He is passionate about underserved populations, especially pediatrics. He has degrees in Molecular Biology, Business Administration, and Nursing, and holds extensive post-graduate certifications in Tropical Medicine and Disaster/ Humanitarian Response.

Career highlights include serving eight years in the US Navy, numerous author/co-author credits, routinely lecturing at national/international conferences, 50+ medical missions, coordinating ongoing projects in Guyana, Haiti, and Nepal, providing patient care and teaching in the “Hot Zone” during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, as well as providing PRN medical support to the NASA Space Shuttle Program for six years.

Sean is also currently serving on the Board for the Look At Us Craniofacial Alliance for children with congenital facial differences.

Samuel Stratton, MD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine United States

Sam Stratton is a 30 year member of WADEM. He is a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Stratton is US Board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, as well as subspecialty Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services. He is also a Deputy Health Officer and the Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services and Health Disaster Management in Orange County California (US).

Dr. Stratton is a senior reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine, on the Editorial Board of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. He is also a regular contributor to the British Medical Journal Critical Care Monographs. In 2013, he was awarded the WADEM Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health Award; and in 2015, the Peter Safar Award for Services to Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.

Moran Bodas, PhD, MPH

Dr. Moran Bodas is a senior researcher at the Israel National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research, Gertner Institute of Epidemiology in Israel. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Department of Emergency Management & Disaster Medicine (Tel-Aviv University, Israel), the PhD Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine, and the European Master in Disaster Medicine (both at Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy).

Dr. Bodas holds a BSc in Life Sciences, a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in emergency and disaster management, and a PhD in Disaster Management, all from Tel Aviv University, Israel. His PhD thesis focused on the evaluation of the efficacy of psychological interventions in the promotion of household preparedness to armed conflicts in Israel. Recently, he successfully completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) in Novara, Italy.

Joe Cuthbertson, MPH, MSc, MEH

Joe is a Paramedic in Perth, Western Australia (WA) and is currently working in clinical quality and safety for a regional health authority. He has worked in the prehospital field for the last 15 years in clinical, aeromedical retrieval, disaster health management, and governance roles. He has a strong belief in public health and believes that disaster health practice can be enhanced through the application of public health principles and practice.

Joe is the previous chair of the WADEM Emergency Medical Response section, and is undertaking a PhD examining Disaster Health practice at Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative, a research unit of the Monash University Accident Research Centre and designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence, Injuries, and Disabilities. Joe supports the further development of WADEM to advocate and promote the improvement of disaster and emergency health practice.

United States

Don Donahue is a professor of graduate healthcare administration and global health with the University of Maryland Baltimore. He is a former professor and program chair for graduate healthcare administration and global health with the University of Maryland Global Campus, Deputy Surgeon (Plans and Fiscal Operations) for the US Army Reserve, and Board Chair for Melwood, a disability services agency. Dr. Donahue’s experience includes work in primary care, behavioral health, home health, workforce health, lobbying and consulting, and hospital administration, including corporate consulting and departmental leadership in major urban medical centers. Lt. Col. Donahue was a core planner for the Department of Defense anthrax, smallpox, and military vaccine programs, as well as for readiness and force health protection initiatives for the Reserve Components. His work has included designing, directing, and delivering education and training to military and civilian audiences in disaster preparedness and response, management of logistical support for the District of Columbia Strategic National Stockpile program, and analysis of legal sufficiency for non-pharmaceutical interventions (the CDC-ASTHO Social Distancing Law Project).

Dr. Donahue is a senior fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and executive director of the Institute’s Center for Health Policy & Preparedness. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Royal Society for Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness, a board member of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, American Association of Physician Specialists Foundation, and World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He serves as vice president of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and is a founding director of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe/International Commission on Disaster Medicine.

Dr. Donahue serves as the editor-at-large for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and as a grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration. His academic credentials include a Doctor of Healthcare Administration from A.T. Still University, Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, Master of Science in Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University, and Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Political Science from the University of the State of New York.

Alison Hutton, PhD, RN

Professor Hutton is recognized as a world leader in mass gathering and disaster health. She is the past chair of the Nursing and Mass Gathering special interest groups of the World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine (WADEM). She is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mass Gathering Collaborating Centre for High Visibility/ High-Risk Events.

Professor Hutton’s research centers on creating safe supportive environments for young people in the mass gathering context. Due to her work at Schoolies and Outdoor Music Festivals, the progression to disasters, minimum data requirements, and hospital avoidance has been a natural one. Her work has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Professor Hutton was invited to publish a chapter for the WHOs Key Considerations for Mass Gathering Events.

J. Lee Jenkins, MD, MS, FACEP
United States

Dr. Jenkins is Chair of the Department of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is Fellowship trained in Disaster Medicine and served as the Assistant Chief of Service and the Disaster Control Physician for the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Jenkins developed the PhD Concentration in Emergency Services at UMBC and the Johns Hopkins Medical School's first course in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Public Health.

She has received the Clinician Scientist Award at Johns Hopkins Hospital for her work in triage during hospital crowding and multiple awards during residency including the International Emergency Medicine Award and the Residency Research Award. Dr. Jenkins' research and multiple publications include the study of morbidity during Hurricane Katrina, the California Wildfires, the study of the provision of EMS, and preventive medicine in injuries.

Dr. Jenkins has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in triage, disasters, and EMS. She has lectured nationally and internationally on disaster medicine and served on multiple national committees. Most recently she presented her team’s work on the creation of an online curriculum for prehospital providers on emerging infectious diseases in Brisbane at the WADEM Congress 2019.

Zhongmin Liu, MD, PhD

Prof. Zhongmin Liu graduated from Nanjing Medical School in 1986 with the Master’s Degree of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In 1992, he received his PhD at Shanghai Second Medical University. Since then, he has trained and practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Later, he worked as the President of Shanghai East Hospital, and the Chief Surgeon of the Trauma & Emergency Department and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department.

Prof. Liu has been devoted to disaster and emergency medicine. In 2006, he founded the Trauma Research Institute of Tongji University and worked as one of the pioneers of the modern emergency and disaster medicine in China. He led a medical relief team in Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. The lessons and experiences from the Sichuan Earthquake rescue raised the urgency of building a comprehensive disaster medicine system in China. In his effort, the first Disaster Medicine Department in China was established in Tongji University in 2008. Chinese Society of Disaster Medicine was founded in 2011 under the efforts of Dr. Liu, which indicates the qualitative development of disaster medicine in China. The society organizes academic activities, provides trainings for the public and the professionals, makes specific guidelines to improve the practice, edits and publishes the disaster medicine textbooks for higher education, and advises the government in policy and decision-making.

As a result of Prof. Liu’s efforts, the very first “ Safe Community” in Shanghai was designed and built. A relief material warehouse was built inside this community and the residents in the Safe Community undergo the training for the disasters and emergency response regularly. This mode will be promoted citywide and the whole country gradually. A complex for contingency reserve supplies and training center for disaster medicine is under construction at the moment.

During 2010 China Shanghai World Expo, Professor Liu set up the emergency medical rescue team, and it was soon upgraded to a representative of China's health emergency medical rescue teams, which became China's important Disaster Emergency medical rescue force. The team has been carrying out its missions brilliantly in the regional and national disaster medical rescues and as the medical backup for local events including: the medical backup for Shanghai World Expo 2010, the medical backup for Shanghai International Marathon, the medical rescue for the terrorist attack in Kunming and Urumchi, the medical rescue for the Kunshan Explosion.

In 2015, as the commander of Chinese health emergency medical rescue team, Professor Zhongmin Liu led the team to Russia to participate in the Sino-Russian joint drill on earthquake disaster health emergency. In 2016, the team became the first International Emergency Medical Team in the world which certified by the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be ready to accept the WHO's disposal in the future, to participate in international medical rescue mission.

Laurie Mazurik, MD, FRCPC, MBA, EMDM

Dr. Mazurik has over 25 years of experience in Critical Care Transport Medicine (ORNGE), Emergency Medicine (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto), and is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. She works with others to create critical event models and conducts disaster exercises to inspire inter-professional teams to find solutions to health care shortages. She has worked with Global Affairs Canada to lead a team in the Middle East to develop Medical Guidelines to combat the threats of CBRN terrorism, and with the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons to build Chemical Protection Training for Civilians in high-risk settings.

Dr. Mazurik has served as a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Health during SARS (2004), Greater Toronto Area Health Care System to develop a Mass Trauma Plan ( 2010 G20 ), Public Health Agency of Canada ( Disaster Preparedness for Aging; CBRNE Collaborative; Ebola Readiness), Defence Research Canada (Personal Protection Standards for CBRN Events), and World Health Organization (EOC-Net). She currently the Chair of Working Group for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for the Health Standards Organization (HSO), which is developing international standards that will be used to accredit health providers, including hospitals. She was the WADEM Congress 2017 (Toronto) Co-Chair which hosted over 900 people from 40 countries.

Humaira Nakhuda

Humaira is a passionate and persistently dedicated emerging leader in global health. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science at McMaster University and is currently a Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) student at the University of Toronto. She is involved in organizations including the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and is currently an intern with the World Health Organization.

Her research and practice interests are in emergency preparedness and management, child health, global health ethics, and advocating for peace through health. She currently co-leads the Student Special Interest Group of WADEM.

Elizabeth Oduwole

Dr. Elizabeth Olanike Oduwole is a Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Public Service in Nigeria. She is a Consultant Anaesthetist and has been widely exposed both locally and internationally to several courses in Trauma and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Oduwole was head of the Lagos State Emergency Medical Service Lagos (Ikeja) for two years before moving over to another hospital as the Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer. She is well inclined to both Administrative and Clinical Medicine. As a Volunteer Commonwealth Medical Expert to the Pakistani Earthquake Disaster in 2005, she served selflessly there. Dr. Oduwole team player who is always committed to any assignment given to her.

Dr. Oduwole is the recipient of several grants and awards these including the International Federation of Colleges of Surgeons (IFCS) / WHO grant to attend the IFCS Summit in USA in 2002, the Best Managed Public Hospital in Lagos State Award in 2013, and “The Commonwealth” Award for Outstanding Contribution to Health and Well-Being in March 2017. She is happily married with children.

Haddon Rabb

Haddon Rabb is a Nursing Student at the University of British Columbia, a Young Representative on the Board of Directors, a Mass Gathering Medicine researcher, and Co-Lead of the Student Special Interest Group. Before beginning Nursing, he completed a Bachelor of Science at Trent University while discovering a growing passion for pre-hospital care.

Since 2013, he has held leadership positions with five pre-hospital emergency medical teams in a wide variety of environments, including numerous campus emergency response teams, Search and Rescue with the Canadian Coast Guard, and event medical coverage at large public and private events across Canada. His main goal is to help increase student and young professional engagement throughout all levels of WADEM during his time on the Board. His interests include Prehospital, Wilderness, Emergency, Disaster, and Mass Gathering Medicine.

Luca Ragazzoni, MD, PhD

Dr. Luca Ragazzoni is the current Scientific Coordinator of CRIMEDIM. He is a Medical doctor graduating from Università del Piemonte Orientale in Novara, Italy (2007) with a specialization in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (2012). He also obtained a PhD in Disaster Medicine from Università del Piemonte Orientale (2015). Currently, he is a researcher in disaster medicine and humanitarian health. Dr. Ragazzoni has been deployed to several disaster-stricken areas and humanitarian response efforts as head of mission or training advisor for the United Nations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

He is the Deputy-Director of the European Master Disaster Medicine (EMDM) and the coordinator of different international programs, such as NEMS – National Emergency Medical Service in Sierra Leone and Humanitarian Medic. He is the coordinator and principal investigator of the European projects, TEAMS and TEAMS 2.0 – Training for Emergency Medical Teams. He is the coordinator of the implementation of the overall work plan agreed with WHO within the official framework of CRIMEDIM as WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Emergency and Disaster Medicine. He is an author of several peer-reviewed articles published in international scientific journals and widely presented at national and international congresses.

Erin Smith, PhD, MPH

Dr. Erin Smith has extensive experience teaching and researching within the multidisciplinary fields of prehospital and disaster health. Dr Smith’s PhD research conducted through the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University explored paramedic perception of risk and willingness to work during disasters. This research involved conducting interviews and focus groups with nearly 100 paramedics in Australia, New York, and London.

Most recently, Dr. Smith has completed a fifteen-year follow up of medics who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This research involved interviewing 54 medics at five-year milestones following the attacks exploring the long-term physical and psychosocial health impacts on the medics. Dr. Smith is widely published in both the prehospital and disaster health literature and has presented her research at many national and international conferences where she has been an invited presenter and a best-presentation award winner.

Tatsuro Kai, MD
Tokyo Organizing Committee LiaisonJapan

Dr. Kai graduated from Hyogo Medical University in 1979. After intern program in Hyogo Medical University, he started to learn about emergency medicine. After getting a Certification of Specialist in Emergency Medicine, he worked at Department of Surgery in several hospitals. He also worked at an ICRC surgical hospital for Afghan war victims in Peshawar in 1990. After this experience, he became interested in disaster medicine. He later studied the disaster medicine at International Resuscitation Research Center (Safar Center) at the University of Pittsburgh as Research Fellow under Professor Peter Safar, 1992-1993.

Dr. Kai has been involved in emergency medical assistance as member of Japan Medical Relief Medical Team (JDR/JMTDR) and was deployed to the Marmara Earthquake (1999), Sumatra Tsunami Disaster (2004), and Pakistan Earthquake (2005). He also is a founding member of Japanese NGO, Humanitarian Medical Assist (HuMA), which has deployed medical assistance teams to many multiple events - Iraq war (2002), Typhoons Bopha and Hayan (2010, 2013) in Philippines, and Nepal earthquake (2016).

After the great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake (1995), Dr. Kai became involved in establishment of a new disaster medical strategy under the Ministry of Health and built up the Japan Disaster Medical Assistant Team (J-DMAT), as well a long distance air transportation system for severe trauma victims in a disaster setting. He was also appointed as Senior Researcher at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute in Hyogo Prefecture and as a Visiting Professor in Kansai University Department of Social Security.

Dr. Kai has been engaged in education for emergency and disaster medicine for medical personnel in developing countries as a Chairman of the Steering Committee for JICA's (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Seminar on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. As of 2014, more than 200 medical personnel from 54 countries have participated in the seminar course.

Recently, he has worked as the Chairman of Advisory Committee for JICA project for strengthening ASEAN Regional Capacity on Disaster Health Management. Through this project, he began implementing regional drills, the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), and an education program for emergency assistance between the ASEAN states.