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  • Selim Suner, MD

  • Suner graduated from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University after completing a masters degree in Bio-Medical Engineering, also at Brown University. Suner, who is on the staff at Rhode Island Hospital, and the director of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine, completed the Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital Residency Program in Emergency Medicine.

    Suner, currently an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Engineering at Brown University, was awarded the SAEM Neuroscience Fellowship for 2003-2004 and has received the "Best Scientific Presentation" award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) in 1999 and 2004.

    Suner is the leader of the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), and he has served during multiple disaster deployments including the responses to Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Center attacks and the Egypt Air crash off the shores of Massachusetts. He also serves as Chairman of Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee and participates in many national and state level committees working on disaster preparedness.

    An international expert in emergency preparedness and disaster medicine, Suner has given over 100 lectures related to disaster management, world-wide. He has published many peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and abstracts, and is a peer reviewer for 4 scientific journals and is on the editorial board of, an educational website for emergency physicians and the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine. Suner is also an associate editor of the textbook "Disaster Medicine" (Mosby, 2006).