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Boston Doctor to Discuss Bombing Response at Disaster Planning Conference

The Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference will open with Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP, who was five miles from the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring 264 others. Biddinger directs emergency operations at Massachusetts General Hospital and arrived at the hospital shortly after the first patients arrived.

“Given the severity of the injuries of the first patients we received after the bombing, I am absolutely surprised there was not more loss of life,” said Biddinger. He will describe how the community and 27 local hospitals worked together to coordinate a rapid response, despite a citywide lockdown and shelter-in-place order. The session will also address how Boston’s extensive emergency preparation and training prior to the marathon aided its response.

More than 800 people have registered to attend this year’s event, which takes place September 23–25 in Sacramento. Now in its eighth year, the conference brings together hospital emergency preparedness staff with community responders and officials from state and local agencies. For more details and to register, visit