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Disaster Management Links

James Aiken, MD, MHA Disaster Medicine

Edward Halton, MD Disaster Medicine

Sean Hardy, MD   Disaster Medicine

Jeff Elder, MD Director of EMS City of New Orleans



Emergency Medical Services in New Orleans has been linked to Charity Hospital for over a century.   


Charity Hospital physicians staffed the ambulance service well into the 1970s.


Today, our residents continue to ride along with New Orleans EMS, providing medical support on scene runs and radio online medical command.  Starting in the PGY 2 year, residents assigned to the ED function as EMS Medical Control for the City of New Orleans and a number of surrounding parishes. 


Residents are assigned 2-week rotations on dedicated EMS ride-along shifts and may elect to rotate on a EMS elective in the city or a combined EMS/Aeromedical month.  In the city, residents ride with New Orleans EMS supervisors in sprint cars.   

Residents provide medical command and on-site physician coverage for all major events in the City of New Orleans, such as the Sugar Bowl, Saints games, Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival, Essence Festival and Bayou Classic.



Residents who elect to fly with Acadian Air Ambulance act as crew member on interhospital transports and scene runs, which is a unique experience in emergency transport and critical care.

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Disaster & Emergency Preparedness

Residents receive several lectures throughout the year on topics such as bioterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, mass casualties and emergency preparedness. The department works closely with the city of New Orleans and the HAZMAT team in bi-annual emergency drills, setting up decontamination tents and practicing disaster triage.

For more information, contact Dr. James Aiken, Dr. Edward Halton or Sean Hardy, MD




   Link to Hospital Disaster Management Policies