Former US Surgeon Common and World Affiliation of Catastrophe and Emergency Medication president to ship keynote addresses at Caribbean Middle for Catastrophe Medication convention

CUPECOY, Saint Martin – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) of the American University of the Caribbean’s School of Medicine (AUC) is dedicated to promoting collaboration among professionals responsible for providing health services, preparing for disasters, responding to emergencies, and medical training are responsible. This important mission is the driving force behind the CCDM’s second annual international conference on Disaster Medicine and Hurricane Resistance, which will take place March 26-29, 2020 at the AUC’s medical science campus in Sint Maarten. The conference will have keynotes by Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th United States Surgeon General, and Dr. Greg Ciottone, President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

In the past decade, more than 2.6 billion people have been affected by a natural disaster1 that affected the elderly, families and children, including pets and livestock. In addition to the potential for mass casualties, disaster survivors can struggle with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and communities struggling with a wide variety of infectious diseases. With disastrous effects on global health, these areas will be the focus for this year’s conference.

“After disasters, communities struggle with very basic needs, such as access to critical health services. With this in mind, the CCDM was created to improve collaboration in the Caribbean and among global disaster medicine experts, ”said Mark Quirk, Ed.D., Executive Director of the CCDM. “This conference is an important opportunity to bring people from different professional and academic backgrounds together to share insights and experiences about a common interest: How can healthcare providers and the communities they serve be better prepared for a disaster?”

“The AUC School of Medicine is honored to welcome both Dr. Carmona and Dr. Ciottone as we bring an international community together to focus on the role of health care providers in preparing and responding to disasters in their communities” said Dr. Heidi Chumley. Executive Dean, AUC School of Medicine. “We helped establish the CCDM to provide more partnership, training and resources in civil protection preparedness and response, and this conference continues to be a critical part of that work.”

Dr. Carmona served as the United States’ 17th surgeon general. He has a broad leadership background that includes work in public health, emergency preparedness, law enforcement and health management in addition to his work as a trauma surgeon and distinguished service career with the U.S. Army Special Forces. Carmona is currently the chief health innovator at Canyon Ranch and a distinguished professor at the University of Arizona and Ohio State University.

Dr. Greg Ciottone is an American doctor who specializes in counter-terrorism and disasters. He is President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and also Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Department of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The three-day conference, organized in collaboration between the CCDM and physicians from the Harvard Medical Faculty at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc., offers attendees the opportunity to receive a Continuing Education Credit (CME). Healthcare professionals, administrators, educators, researchers, and emergency personnel are encouraged to participate. Full conference details and online registration can be found at

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