Gregory R. Ciottone, MD

Senior Advisor, Disaster Medicine Institute
Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ciottone is a U.S. board certified Emergency Physician with more than 20 years’ experience in academic, clinical, and global medicine.  He is an internationally recognized expert in Disaster Medicine, and has served as a consultant in more than 30 countries around the world. Dr. Ciottone has a vast amount of field experience, including serving as Commander of one of the first federal Disaster Medical Teams into Ground Zero during the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11/2001, and more recently leading a team into Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. He also has 10 years’ experience as a flight surgeon on a LifeFlight helicopter system. Dr. Ciottone, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is also the Editor-in Chief of Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine 2nd ed. by Elsevier which was published in 2016. In addition to his textbook, he has written over 100 scholarly articles, chapters, and educational materials.

Dr. Ciottone is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he works clinically in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Ciottone is the Founder and Director of the first-ever Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program at a Harvard teaching hospital. He also serves as the Director of the Disaster Preparedness Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. In addition to these appointments, Dr. Ciottone has held the position of Visiting Professor of Disaster Medicine at three prestigious Universities around the world, including Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and the Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy. Dr. Ciottone has had numerous appearances on CNN as a subject matter expert, with one of his interviews cited as “Best of CNN”, stories worth watching in 2014. He has also been quoted in the Boston Globe, Washington Times, and National Public Radio, and recently gave a TEDx talk on Crisis Leadership.

Dr. Ciottone is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including receiving an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate for his work at Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001 federal response, and being personally thanked by Tommy Thompson, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He also served as Medical Director for the Tactical EMS training program at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Academy in Quantico, VA., and became a Founding Member of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ciottone later served as Medical Director for the Operational Medicine Program, Office of Security and Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC.

Dr. Ciottone was named “EMS Physician of the Year” by Central Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and was the “Spotlight” for the Phi Beta Kappa national publication Keynote Reporter. The Boston Red Sox recently honored Dr. Ciottone by having him throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch as part of a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fenway Park. Later, while working in conjunction with Mikhail Gorbachev and the Gorbachev Foundation towards improved healthcare infrastructure in Russia, Dr. Ciottone served as a personal envoy from President Gorbachev to the U.S. Governmental Agency the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and was named by the Russian Federation Ministries of Education and Science as an approved Evaluation Expert for the New Eurasia Foundation. In 2014 Dr. Ciottone was named the Director of the Disaster Preparedness Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Cambridge Massachusetts.