Henry J. Siegelson

Henry J. Siegelson, M.D., FACEP


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Phone: 404-378-6394



Dr. Henry Siegelson is a practicing emergency physician in Atlanta and is a volunteer attending in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University. Dr. Siegelson is a Principal in Disaster Planning International and HAZ/MAT DQE.  He began his disaster medicine career in Armenia responding to the 1988 earthquake with the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.  Subsequently, he helped create the Section of Disaster Medicine for the American College of Emergency Physicians and was Chair of this Section for 2 years.  


Working under contract with the CDC in 1993, Dr. Siegelson created a course to train medical and EMS personnel adjacent to chemical weapons depots.  In association with the FBI and the State of Georgia, Dr. Siegelson trained hospital personnel and emergency responders for the medical consequences of terrorism in preparation for the 1996 Olympics.  


Working with Disaster Planning International, in 1997 Dr. Siegelson helped write the Hospital and EMS portions of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Program and was a lecturer for this program.  In addition, he has worked nationally and internationally (Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Iceland) to develop priorities for a community response to WMD and hazardous materials.  His most recent trip to Japan was in association with the Japanese Ministry of Health to discuss planning for bioterrorism.  In November 1999, Dr. Siegelson trained all 14 hospital emergency departments in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Hospital Association.  Dr. Siegelson has worked with the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pentagon’s Tiger Team, the National Guard, the Department of Defense, the Gilmore Commission and other state and federal agencies on the medical consequences of WMD and community response planning.  


Currently, Dr. Siegelson helped to develop a strategic plan to respond to a potential terrorist attack with the state of Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency/Working Group on Terrorism.  This plan is appropriate for naturally occurring disasters as well as HazMat releases and terrorist attacks.  This plan was shared with state emergency management associations and health departments (Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey) and federal agencies (Veterans Administration, FEMA, Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs, CDC’s Bioterrorism Office, US Public Health Service/Office of Emergency Preparedness (HHS), and the US State Department) in 2001.  The plan was also shared with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, and the American Society for Industrial Security.


In addition, Dr. Siegelson is working with the CDC on bioterrorism preparedness issues both through a working group on core capacities for state and local health departments and directly with the Bioterrorism Office and the Health Alert Network.




“Preparing for Terrorism and Hazardous Material Exposures: It’s a matter of worker safety.”  Health Forum Journal, a publication of the American Hospital Association, January 2001.


“Hazardous Materials Emergencies (submitted for publication).”  H. Levitin and H. Siegelson, book chapter in Disaster Medicine, edited by Dr. David Hogan, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, scheduled for publication in 2002.


"Hospitals Are on the Front Lines after Acts of Terrorism. Are You Prepared?"  Siegelson, HJ.  Health Facilities Management, published by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.  January 2000, volume 13, number 1, pp. 24-8.


“When Terrorists Strike: Hospitals are on the front lines after acts of terrorism. Are you Prepared?”  Siegelson, HJ.  Materials Management in Health Care, published by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.  January 2000, volume 9, number 1, pp. 22-8.


”Medical Response against Terrorism: Training and Education.”  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  Abstracts: 11th World Congress, Osaka, Japan. January-March, 1999, Vol 14, Supplement 1, S62-63.


“Hazardous Materials: Medical Disaster Planning and Response.”  Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America.  H. Levitin, H. J. Siegelson. Volume 14, Number 2, May 1996.  PP. 327-348.


                "CDC Recommendations for Civilian Communities near Chemical Weapons Depots: Guidelines for Medical Preparedness."  Federal Register.  Vol 60, No. 123, Tuesday, June 27, 1995. Pp. 3308-3312.


"Medical Disaster Management in the United States."  New England Journal of Medicine.  H. Siegelson, B. Kaplan.  Volume 320, Number 14, April 6, l989.  PP. 941-2. (Correspondence)


“Chemical and Biologic Weapons.  Local Planning: The Medical Perspective.”  HJ Siegelson.  National Coordinating Council on Emergency Management Bulletin.  June, 1997.


“Legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games: Planning for Terrorism.” HJ Siegelson.  On Scene, March 1997.  Published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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