Mass Casualty Conference
Altered Standards of Care
and Surge Capacity in a Mass Casualty Event
August 25-26, 2010
Centers For Disease Control & Prevention
Table of Contents
Page 3 ................... Conference Agenda
Page 4-5 ................ Keynote Biographies
Page 6 ................... Sponsors
Page 9-11 .............. Notes
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Conference Agenda: Day 1
12:00--12:45 pm Registration
12:45--2:00pm CDC Emergency Operations Center Tour
2:00--2:30 pm Welcome Address, Daniel Marc Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP, Acting Director, Office of Public Health
Preparedness and Response, CDC
2:30--3:00 pm “What is being done in planning for altered standards of care at the state and local levels”, Dr. Pat
O’Neal, Chief of Emergency Preparedness & Response Division of the Georgia Department of
Community Health (DCH)
3:00--4:00 pm CDC Museum Tour
4:00--4:05 pm Adjournment
7:30-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00--8:30 am “In a Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings”, Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP, Director,
Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
8:30--9:00 am “Metro Medical Response Team roles and responsibilities in a mass casualty event,” Bob Surrusco,
Chairman, Leadership Committee, Metro Medical Strike Team; Chuck Cannarella, MMRS/MMST
9:00--10:00am “Securing and Transporting The National Stockpile”, Charles Warren, Senior Inspector, US Marshall
Services; Sgt. First Class Ryan Newman, Post Commander, Georgia State Patrol; Steven A. Adams,
MPH, Deputy Director, Division of Strategic National Stockpile, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Director of Science, Division of State and Local Readiness, CDC
10:00--10:20 am Networking Break
10:20--11:40 am “Enhancing Surge Capacity: A Non-Traditional Approach to a New Paradigm Demand”,
Peter Marghella, DPR Inc.
11:40--12:20 pm “Legal Issues in Disasters”, Steven Gravely, Partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP
12:20--1:35 pm Keynote Lunch, Paul Purcell, Lead Security Analyst and Preparedness Consultant, InfoQuest
Investigators, Author, Disaster Prep 101
1:35--2:00 pm “Interfacing Public Health and Community Incident Management Systems” Anthony Mangeri, MPA,
Professor, American Military University; Johnathan Gordon, President, J.S. Gordon & Associates
2:00--2:25 pm “How EMS operations are affected in times of crisis”, GEMA, TBD
2:25--2:50 pm Networking Break
2:50--3:20 pm “Effective Utilization of other resources (MRC, DMAT, Sheriff’s Auxiliary, etc)”
Chuck Cannarella, MMRS/MMST
3:20--4:05 pm “Sources of Funding / Grants”, Christa-Marie Singleton, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director of Science, Division of
State and Local Readiness, CDC
4:30--4:45 pm Closing Remarks and Adjournment, Sareth Neak, President & Publisher,
Homeland Security Outlook
Daniel Marc Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP, Acting Director, Office of Public Health
Preparedness and Response, CDC
Daniel M. Sosin is the Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and
Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this
role, he is responsible for all of CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and
emergency response activities.
OPHPR has primary oversight and responsibility for all programs that comprise CDC’s
terrorism preparedness and emergency response portfolio. Through an all-hazards
approach to preparedness, focusing on threats from natural, biological, chemical,
nuclear, and radiological events, OPHPR helps the nation prepare for and respond to
urgent threats to the public’s health. OPHPR carries out its mission by emphasizing
accountability through performance, progress through public health science, and
collaboration through partnerships.
Dr. Sosin began his CDC career in 1986 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer assigned to Kentucky.
He later supervised state-based EIS officers as a section chief in the Epidemiology Program Office (EPO) and
was associate director for science at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, coordinating national
injury surveillance and extramural research activities. Dr. Sosin also served as director of EPO’s Division of
Public Health Surveillance and Informatics, where he was senior advisor for surveillance policy, research, and
He joined OPHPR in 2004 as the lead scientist for terrorism preparedness and emergency response at CDC. As
the Senior Advisor for OPHPR’s Science and Public Health Program he developed and implemented OPHPR’s
science priorities and served as a medical and science advisor to the OPHPR director. In January 2008, Dr.
Sosin initiated the Biosurveillance Coordination Unit at the request of the CDC and OPHPR directors. In this role
he served as the federal lead for the development and integration of a nationwide biosurveillance capability for
human health security. Dr. Sosin has served as Acting OPHPR Director since January 2009.
Dr. Sosin is board certified in preventive medicine and internal medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in
biology from the University of Michigan; his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine; and his
master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School Of Public Health. Dr. Sosin currently
serves as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.
J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., Chief of Emergency Preparedness & Response Division of the
Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH).
Dr. O’Neal is a native of Rome, Georgia. He completed an undergraduate degree
in pre-med at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. Dr. O’Neal received
his medical education at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Following medical school, he completed a rotating internship at Providence
Hospital, Portland, Oregon, prior to entering the United States Air Force for training
in flight medicine. Dr. O’Neal served as a flight surgeon in Viet Nam in 1970 through
Keynote Biographies Continued
Upon his return to civilian life, Dr. O’Neal served in Macon, Georgia, as the Director of the Outpatient Clinic at
the Medical Center of Central Georgia for two years prior to entering the practice of emergency medicine at
Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, in l973. Dr. O’Neal practiced emergency medicine at that facility
for twenty-nine years. During his time at Dekalb Medical Center he served as Medical Director for Dekalb
EMS. For his final seven years at Dekalb Medical Center he served as the Regional Medical Director for
Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) throughout the Greater Atlanta area.
Throughout his career in emergency medicine Dr. O’Neal has been an advocate for trauma system
development in Georgia. Upon retiring as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Dekalb
Medical Center in 2002, he became the Medical Director for the Office of EMS/Trauma in the Georgia
Division of Public Health. Currently functioning as the Director of the Division of Emergency Preparedness
and Response in DCH, he has oversight responsibility for Emergency Medical Service, Trauma, Emergency
Preparedness, Injury Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Training.
Paul Purcell, Lead Security Analyst and Preparedness Consultant,
InfoQuest Investigators, Author, Disaster Prep 101
Paul Purcell is the lead security analyst and preparedness consultant for
InfoQuest Investigators in Atlanta , GA. Having grown up in a military family
that moved constantly, and having spent the early part of his career in
hospitality industry risk management, Paul has been exposed to numerous
risks, threats, disasters, and emergency situations.
Before 9/11, most of Paul’s work focused on the private sector where he
would conduct workplace safety, risk management, and loss control projects.
Since then, he has produced major studies, and participated in sizable
projects for varied groups such as Col. David Hackworth’s SFTT foundation,
the DeKalb County Office of Homeland Security, the Coastal Health District
of GA (G-8 Summit), the California Pizza Kitchen chain, the American Board for Certification in
Homeland Security, the State Dept. of Public Health Pandemic Influenza Planning Panel, and lately,
for Spike TV’s “Surviving Disaster” series. More about Paul can be found on his latest book’s website
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