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ACMT Member Speaks on Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident

Dr. Ziad Kazzi (ACMT Board Member and Associate Professor at Emory University), and ACMT Member Dr. John Benitez participated at a National Academy of Medicine Workshop in August 2018.

Dr Kazzi discussed the important roles of medical toxicologists in a radiation emergency  in a workshop titled “Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident.” 

The objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Understand the current state of medical and public health preparedness for a nuclear incident and how these relate to the prior assumptions about the threat environment
  • Discuss possible changes to planning assumptions for nuclear incidents, with particular attention to the (re-)emergence of state-actor threats, and the implications of those changes for nuclear incident prevention, planning and response
  • Consider the implications for capacity building of potential communication, education and information challenges posed by a nuclear incident, and opportunities and approaches for addressing them
  • Explore challenges, opportunities, and implications for building capabilities to respond to and recover from a nuclear incident, including building capability for monitoring and long-term health surveillance among survivors.

ACMT Member Dr. John Benitez (Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, Tennessee Department of Health) was invited to moderate a panel on building capacity to respond and recover from a nuclear incident including conducting long-term monitoring of affected populations. Proceedings from this workshop will be published in the future.