Amalia Voskanyan, RN

CEO, Disaster Medicine Institute

Amalia Voskanyan is the President and CEO of the Disaster Medicine Institute. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, the first of its kind at a Harvard Teaching Hospital. This Fellowship, established in 2007, is globally recognized and has attracted applicants from every continent in the world for its highly sought-after positions. In addition to these activities, Amalia Voskanyan has worked extensively in post-earthquake Haiti. She provided medical leadership to both the Be Like Brit and Child in Hand organizations in Haiti by guiding the healthcare programs for children orphaned by the 2010 earthquake.

Gregory R. Ciottone, MD, FACEP, FFSEM

Lead Instructor, Disaster Medicine Institute

Dr. Ciottone is President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also an Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Medical Director for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the HSPHS and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Ciottone is a consultant to the White House Medical Unit and has conducted educational programs in over 30 countries around the world, and has written over 100 scholarly works, including the first and second editions of the leading textbook in the field, Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine. He is the 2018 recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Services Award, and the 2020 recipient of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM) Distinguished Service Award.

Bradford Newbury, MPA, NRP I/C

Faculty, Disaster Medicine Institute

Bradford Newbury MPA, NRP serves as a Captain/ Paramedic in a career fire department just south of Boston.  He has over 30 years of experiences in firefighting and prehospital medicine.  Brad also has an extensive background as an educator and as an innovative entrepreneur, where he serves as the President and CEO of National Medical Education & Training Center.

In 2010 Brad created a startup education company that has a global student base.  His unique approach to prehospital emergency medical education offered the flexibility students with busy lives needed to be successful.  Under his leadership the company grew rapidly and was acquired by a private equity group in 2014.  His commitment to education and dedication to excellence in prehospital medicine led him to reacquire the organization in 2016.  In the past 3 years Brad and his team have grown the company’s revenue by 3 times that of 2016 and is recognized as one of the premier prehospital training institutions in the United States.   

He has presented in a multitude of national and international high-profile conferences, sharing his expertise in business, firefighting, as well as prehospital and disaster medicine.

Brad is a graduate of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership’s- National Preparedness Leadership Initiative- Executive Education Program.
He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College (AMC) and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from AMC as well.


Richard Scott Johnson

Faculty, Disaster Medicine Institute

• Over 27 years of professional management and leadership experience coordinating the work of both paid and volunteer staff.
• Strong communication skills with experience in organizing and leading cross-functional groups towards the accomplishment of common objectives and critical deadlines in fast-paced, high stressed environment.
• Proven ability to set and accomplish goals, develop strategies, and make short notice difficult decisions while implementing personnel and resources to successfully complete stated tasks.
• Excels in building cohesive high performing teams that accomplish the organization’s objectives, motivating both paid staff and volunteers in the process.
• Proven writer, researcher, speaker, and community leader drawing on 27 years of professional experience.

Fadi Issa MD, JBEM, EMDM

Dr. Issa is the Director of Disaster Preparedness Education Initiative at BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. He is an Emergency Medicine consultant with 12-years’ experience in academic and clinical field.

He is a Jordanian  board-certified emergency physician, a graduate of the European Master in Disaster Medicine in 2015,  a graduate of  BIDMC fellowship in Disaster Medicine in 2018 and Harvard Medical School research fellow in disaster medicine.

He has deployed several times in humanitarian missions to serve Syrian refugees in Jordan and in response to natural disasters including Dorian hurricane in Bahamas.

Dr. Issa serve as a chair of WADEM  special interest group in Counter Terrorism Medicine.

And senior editor for WIKI-EM, 

Special interest in implementing Youth Disaster Preparedness Programs in Public Schools, where he had the opportunity to train children how to be prepared in case of an emergency.