CSMRU faculty member elected to lead National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium

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Cooper University Health Care

Camden, NJ—Rick Hong, MD, FACEP, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and head of the Division of Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Medicine and Transport Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, has been named president-elect of the National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium (NDLSEC).

“We are very proud of Dr. Hong’s significant accomplishment,” said Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU. “This is another example of the incredible depth of knowledge, skills and experience of CMSRU’s faculty.”

“As the only Level 1 Trauma Center and state Medical Coordination Center in South Jersey, Cooper is the nexus of southern New Jersey’s network of emergency medical services and disaster management. Dr. Hong has provided strong leadership at Cooper and for the region in this area. His skills and knowledge will be an asset to the NDLSEC,” said Adrienne Kirby, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper University Health Care.

The mission of the NDLSEC is to achieve and promote excellence in education, training and research related to disaster medicine and public health preparedness for all health professionals based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices. It is comprised of National Disaster Life Support Foundation, professional organizations and individuals with an interest in disaster medicine and public health preparedness.

Courses are conducted through affiliated training centers. There are eighty domestic NDLS training centers and twelve global training centers in Japan, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Cooper University Hospital has been a Regional Training Center since 2007 and more than 1,500 individuals have been certified through Cooper since that time.  

Dr. Hong, who received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed his Internship and Residency in Emergency Medicine at Cooper, has been recognized as a regional leader in emergency and disaster medicine.  In 2009 he was named Outstanding EMS Physician by NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of EMS. In 2010, he received the EMS Award, from the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (NJACEP).  He was also part of the first group of physicians to obtain board certification in EMS from the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 2013.

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