Paul Biddinger

Dr. Biddinger was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on Big Weather and Coastal CitiesEbola and The Boston Marathon Bombings.

Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare.

Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Harvard Chan School, Dr. Biddinger leads a team of preparedness experts and researchers who focus on developing exercises and associated tools for both training and evaluation of public health emergency preparedness and response. Over the past dacade, the team has conducted more than 100 preparedness exercises, reaching an audience of over 8,000 public health and emergency response professionals.

Dr. Biddinger chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Biddinger is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard University.