The Importance of Evidence-Based Disaster Planning
Issues in Emergency Medical Response

Erik Auf der Heide, MD, MPH, FACEP
Medical Officer
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

May 10, 2006

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Dr. Auf der Heide (Pronounced: "Awf dair Hyda") has served as a Medical Officer for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, Georgia, since 1998. Prior to becoming involved in public health, Dr. Auf der Heide, practiced clinical emergency medicine for 18 years.


  • Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
  • Residency in emergency medicine at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
  • Graduate of Fellowship in disaster medicine co-sponsored by the Division of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of medicine; the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Masters Degree in Public Health with specialization in epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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Auf der Heide E. Convergence behavior in disasters [editorial]. Ann Emerg Med. Apr 2003;41(4):463-466.

Auf der Heide E. Principles of hospital disaster planning. In: Hogan D, Burstein JL, eds. Disaster medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2002:57-89.

Auf der Heide E, Lafond R, Eyre A, et al. Disaster coordination and management: summary and action plans. Prehospital Disaster Med. 2001;16(1):22-25.

Auf der Heide E: Operations management: disaster planning: Are you asking the right questions?, Responder, June, 1996, pp 10-11,47.

Auf der Heide E: Disaster Planning, Part II: "Disaster problems, issues, and challenges identified in the research literature", Emerg. Med. Clinics of N. Amer., (May) 1996

Auf der Heide E: Community Medical Disaster Planning and Evaluation Guide, American College of Emergency Physicians, Dallas, 1995

Auf der Heide E: Designing a Disaster Plan: Important Questions, Plant, Technology & Safety Management Series (A Joint Commission Publication), 3:7-18, October, 1994

Consultant: "Multiple Casualty Report: Incident Staging", Emergency Medical Update, (Video Journal), Winslow, WA, 4(6), Apr. 1991.

Auf der Heide E. Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination. St. Louis: CV Mosby; 1989. Available, full-text, at no charge for noncommercial use at URL:

Member of the advisory committee for publication of: Earthquake Preparedness Guidelines for Hospitals, Hospital Council of Northern California and Bay Area Regional Earthquake Preparedness Project, Oakland, CA, 1987.