WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 7-10 May 2019 Brisbane, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Gregory Ciottone, MD, FACEP

Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Team Rubicon Global

Dr. Ciottone has dedicated his career to the academic advancement of Disaster Medicine through a combination of fieldwork, research, and scholarly activity. He is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Founder and Director of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Instructor of Healthcare Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He also serves as the Director for Medical Preparedness at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Ciottone has taught educational programs in Disaster Medicine in over 30 countries 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. Additionally, he recently became the Medical Director for Team Rubicon Global.

Dr. Ciottone has taken his field experience and incorporated it into his academic work, training more than 50 Disaster Medicine fellows to-date. He has also written over 100 scholarly works, including the first and second edition of the textbook Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine. His most recent publication, a New England Journal of Medicine article entitled "Toxidrome Recognition in Chemical Weapons Attacks", introduces a novel approach to the civilian response to chemical attacks.


Mark Keim, MD, MBA

DisasterDoc International, Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Keim is the Chief Executive Officer for DisasterDoc International, specializing in consultation, education, and research related to public health emergencies. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University and faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess - Harvard Medical School, Disaster Medicine Fellowship.

He is residency-trained in emergency medicine, fellowship-trained in disaster medicine, and recently earned an MBA at Emory University, Goizueta School of Business in 2014.

Dr. Keim is retired from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as Associate Director for Science for the CDC Office for Environmental Health Emergencies. He twice received the US Secretary of Health “Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service” as CDC’s incident manager for both the anthrax letter emergency and Hurricane Katrina, as well as the CDC Special Service Award for leading the field response after the Indonesian tsunami. In 2015, he received the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Certificate of Merit recognizing the global impact on disaster risk reduction.

He is the author of 56 journal publications and 23 book chapters. He has served as a peer review consultant for 21 scientific journals and on the editorial board of four scientific journals. His press interviews have appeared on CNN, PBS, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, The Lancet, and Scientific American.


Joanne Liu, MDCM, FRCP

International President; Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Joanne Liu has served as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders since 2013. The organization is a world-recognized authority on medical humanitarian crises. During the 2014 Ebola crisis, MSF was given a voice at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, bringing it to a new level of engagement with world leaders. In 2015, the destruction of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, launched the movement’s appeal to the UN Security Council, and its ongoing push for protection of medical missions.

Dr. Liu trained at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill University.

Since she began MSF field work in 1996, Dr. Liu has undertaken over 20 missions, in Central Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide.

Dr. Liu continues to practice medicine, both in the field with MSF, as well as on hospital shifts in Montreal – reflecting her strong belief in MSF’s unique identity, that is both field-based, but at the same time uncompromising on quality-driven patient care. She believes in bringing this same focus to the general global health arena.

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  • Key Dates

  • Abstracts Open 7 July 2018
  • Abstracts Close 26 November 2018
  • Presenters Notified 20 December 2018
  • Early Registration Closes 8 February 2019
  • WADEM Congress 2019 7-10 May 2019