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Disaster Medicine

Given our central location in Brooklyn, and the number of highly publicized terrorist events and scares, which have affected the New York City area, disaster preparedness has become a vital function of the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Currently, our division coordinates disaster preparations for both  SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center.. This includes arranging necessary equipment and overseeing disaster contingency planning for both hospitals, as well as implementing periodic drills involving both nearby healthcare facilities and city agencies.

The Disaster Preparedness Division also provides training to hospital staff in various areas of emergency management and preparedness. Research opportunities in disaster medicine are also available through the division for attending physicians, residents and medical students as well as other interested parties.

The New York Institute for All Hazard Preparedness

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is also part of the New York Institute for All Hazard Preparedness (NYIAHP). This organization is based at SUNY Downstate and consists of several other nearby healthcare facilities (Kings County Hospital Center, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center). The NYIAHP is dedicated to the disaster preparedness of both the member facilities and their surrounding neighborhoods and continues to be responsible for some of the largest civilian disaster drills in the country. These drills take place every 6 to 18 months and involve, not only the facilities and local city agencies but also the participation of community members of all ages.


New York Institute for All Hazard Preparedness

Bonnie Arquilla, DO

Founding Director of Preparedness Planning and Response

Associate Professor  Emergency Medicine, PI of Vulnerable Populations  Research

Michael Augenbraun, MD

Founding Director and Senior Investigator Preparedness Planning and Response

Professor of Medicine Division  Infectious Diseases , Hospital Epidemiologist

Stephan Kohlhoff, MD, PhD

Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Projects

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Patricia Roblin, MS

Administrative Director of Preparedness Planning and Response

Microbiologist and Infectious Disease Coordination

Research Instructor Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Rita Nathawad, MD

Quarantine Management and Coordination Expert

Assistant Clinical Instructor Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Vikas Shah, MD

Preparedness Planning and Response

Assistant Professor Pediatric Critical Care

Pediatric Critical Care Specialist, Surge Planning

John Adelaine, BA, PDM

International Project Coordinator

Finance Manager

COO of Emergency Medicine

Mark Silverberg, MD

Director of  Emergency Medicine Educational Applications

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Brian Gillett, MD

Director of Strategic Technologies

Director of Advance learning Resource Center

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Gentry Wilkerson, MD

Drill Evaluation Coordinator

Jonathan Wasserman, MD

Quarantine Protocol Development

Emergency Medicine

Michael Stone, MD, RDM

Director of Disaster Ultra Sound

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Fellowship Director in Ultra Sound

Karen Chase, MD

Research Associate Surge Planning

Clinical Instructor Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine

Andrew Miller, MD

Research Associate Critical Care

Clinical Instructor Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine

George Allen, RN, PhD

Director of Infection Control

Stephan Rinnert, MD

Emergency Medicine Educational Director

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Vice Chair of Emergency of Medicine

Drills and Exercises

Click below to view video and photo links of past drills:



International Service

The 2nd EurAsian Congress on Emergency Medicine, Antalya Turkey.
October 28-31,2010.

New York Coordinator, Sonosite School in All India Institute for Medical Science
EM-TECH (INDO-US Emergency Medicine & Trauma Education Center for Health)
January 18-20, 2008, March 1 – 3, 2009-2012

Academic Chairperson, INDO-US Emergency Medicine & Trauma Education Center for Health
2009 - 2012

Development of Disaster Preparedness Curriculum
or cities of Mumbai and Borada, India, September – October 2007, Disaster Workshop and Tabletop Drill. Funded by the federal Government of India

Disaster Medicine Curriculum,
Indo-US Emergency Medicine Summit 2006, 2007 & 2008 Chairperson of Disaster Preparedness Section,  “Disaster Medicine Curriculum,” “New Dilemmas in Triage,” “Hospital Preparedness and Planning,” “Hospital Disaster Planning Workshop,”  “World Trade Center Response Highlights,”  “Cognitive Thinking in Emergency Medicine Education,” All India Institute for Medical Sciences, New Delhi India, September 27 – October 1, 2006, Mumbai India October 2007, Baroda India, October 2007.

For more information on the INDO-US Emergency and Trauma Collaborative, please visit the official website at

Protect New York

The significant risks that New York State faces from terrorism and other disasters will challenge us for generations. To create and disseminate knowledge on ever better ways of protecting ourselves, New York must foster excellence in research, education, and public service. Founded at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, NY on April 24, 2006, Protect New York is dedicated to helping New York State and New York City meet this challenge.

Though most of the founding members are faculty members from the State University of New York system, Protect New York welcomes membership inquiries from full- or part-time faculty members and academic administrators in any accredited college or university, and also from emergency management and homeland security professionals (who are interested in research and education), and college students.

For more information on Protect New York, please visit the official website at


 Contact Information

440 Lenox Rd, 2M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: 718-270-1168/3216