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Pediatric Disaster Medicine

We would like to welcome you to the new WADEM Special Interest Group, the WADEM Pediatric Disaster Medicine Special Interest Group (PedsDM). As you all know, pediatric patients represent a substantial proportion of disaster victims. Children are more vulnerable than adults and necessitate special care requirements when critically ill or injured, as well as posing unique mental health challenges.

Our mission is to introduce this new initiative on the global stage and to foster collaboration among researchers and practitioners with an interest in the mitigation, preparedness, and response steps required to be proactive in the global approach to response and resilience of Pediatric Disaster Medicine and to disseminate advances in pediatric disaster care. We invite you to join this new Special Interest Group, and to look forward to future podcasts and other WADEM initiatives focused on Pediatric Disaster Medicine.

Please reach out to us with any inquiries – PedsDM@wadem.org.

Ashley Kane, MD, MSCR
Co-Chair
Disaster Medicine Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Boston Children's Hospital

Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Ashley E. D. Kane is a board-certified pediatrician and internist and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. She practices as a Hospitalist with Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. During the COVID pandemic she served on the Hospitalist COVID Task Force for BIDMC. She is currently a Disaster Medicine Fellow in the Harvard University / Beth Israel Deaconess Disaster Medicine Fellowship and the co-founder of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the fellowship along with Dr. Lea Sarna-Cahan.
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Lea Sarna-Cahan, MD
Co-Chair
Disaster Medicine Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School
Dr. Lea Sarna-Cahan is a board-certified pediatrician who serves as an Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. She served as a military paramedic with the Israel Defense Forces. She is currently a Disaster Medicine Fellow at Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the co-founder of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the fellowship along with Dr. Ashley E. D. Kane. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she established a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic for children recovering from MIS-C.
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