What: Johns Hopkins public health and emergency preparedness experts will host the first national symposium designed to help health care providers and staff better prepare for and react to an “active shooter” in hospitals and other the health care settings. The “Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings” symposium will explore the legal, moral and ethical obligations of medical institutions and their staff to protect patients when such events occur.

When: April 11, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, Md., 21202

Media contact: For press credentials, members of the news media interested in attending and covering the symposium should contact Mark Guidera, [email protected] or 443-898-2320.

Details: The symposium will feature national experts in medicine, law, ethics, hospital security and law enforcement who will present research findings and innovative ideas relevant to the issue. They include:•Gabor D. Kelen, M.D., professor and director of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Emergency Medicine, and Christina Catlett, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and associate director of CEPAR. They co-authored a groundbreaking study on hospital shootings published in 2012 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.•Special Agent Erin Sheridan of the FBI•James Hodge, the Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics and director of the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University•Michael Thiel, director of security services at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin•Richard D. Zane, M.D., director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

The symposium’s panel discussion will be led by Eric Goralnick, M.D., medical director of emergency preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who responded to the Boston Marathon bombing, and Leonard Marcus, co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School.

The symposium is hosted by the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), which oversees disaster planning and response for The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine and by the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

More information:

Read the media release.See a full list of speakers.Read the paper co-authored by Kelen and Catlett.


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