Paul Biddinger, MD, is the Chief Preparedness and Continuity Officer at Mass General Brigham (MGB) and Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGB. He holds the Ann L. Prestipino MPH Endowed Chair in the Division of Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he also is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine. Dr. Biddinger serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program and as a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Biddinger is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. He serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Biddinger completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Princeton University.
With clinical interests in disaster medicine, emergency department operations, emergency medical services (EMS), and emergency preparedness, Dr. Biddinger has become a dedicated researcher in the field of emergency medicine, lecturing nationally and internationally on emergency preparedness and disaster medicine. He has more than 100 publications and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to disaster medicine and emergency medical operations. His work has led him to be on-scene during or after mass casualty events including the Boston Marathon bombings, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the Nepal earthquakes, and more.
Dr. Biddinger has led several research projects that have been funded by the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and many other organizations focused on emergency preparedness and response.
In 2021, Dr. Biddinger was honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) with the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health and was named the Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) for his contributions to the advancement of emergency medicine in Massachusetts.