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National Disaster Life Support Foundation Welcome the New Leadership of NDLSEC

RH PicRick Hong, MD - President of NDLSEC

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation welcomes Dr. Rick Hong of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ as the new President of NDLSEC.  Dr. Hong served as the president-elect of NDLSEC for the past year and has provided valuable input and expertise to the Foundation and NDLS program office.

As the Division Head of EMS/Disaster/Transport Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Rick Hong is involved in EMS and emergency management initiatives within the health system. As an Assistant Professor of the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, he participates in the education of residents and medical students, as well as offers a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services. He is involved in community outreach regarding emergency management and works with various agencies to improve regional disaster preparedness, which includes his role as a Board Member of the regional American Red Cross chapter.

He also serves as the Medical Director of the Office of Preparedness within Delaware’s Division of Public Health and is a board-certified emergency medicine and EMS physician. 

He chairs the Delaware Public Health and Medical Ethics Advisory Board, which is charged with addressing critical ethical issues related to declared states of emergencies or exigent public health events in the state of Delaware. He is also involved in the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps by providing medical direction for clinical volunteer providers, including medical protocols and training.

Dr. Hong is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences and Health Care Management and Policy from the Wharton School. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and trained in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital.

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Arthur J. French III, MD - President-elect of NDLSEC

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation would also like to congratulate and welcome Dr. Arthur French III as the President-elect of NDLSEC.  A long-time member of NDLSEC, Dr. French will continue to provide valuable leadership to NDLSEC.

Dr. Art French is a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduating with High Honors with a B.S. degree in physics. After seven years as a Coast Guard surface operations officer, including overseas assignments in Antarctica and Japan, he transferred to the U.S. Public Health Service to attend medical school, graduating in 1984 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine at Bethesda, Maryland. He subsequently served at a variety of Coast Guard operational units as a flight surgeon, in the Quality Improvement Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters, and as the Medical Branch Chief at the Coast Guard National Maritime Center. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1995. He has attended numerous disaster response and operational medicine courses, including the Joint Forces Staff College Homeland Security Planners Course and the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute Joint Operations Medical Managers Course. He is currently appointed to the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee.

Dr. French was a member of the National Disaster Medical System PHS-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team from 1989 to 2006, serving as Training Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He also was a physician representative on the NDMS Operations Workgroup for four years. He has made numerous disaster deployments with the National Disaster Medical System and with the Public Health Service Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, including the mass patient evacuation at the New Orleans Airport during the Hurricane Katrina NDMS response. He was selected as the PHS Commissioned Corps Physician Responder of the Year in 2008 and was awarded the PHS Outstanding Service Medal in recognition of his career achievements in disaster preparedness and response.

Dr. French completed 35 years of active duty service in 2008 and is presently an emergency physician at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington.

b pondBrandi Pond - Immediate Past-president of NDLSEC

Brandi Pond has assumed the role of Immediate Past-president of NDLSEC where she will continue to provide support during the transition of NDLEC's new leadership.  Brandi has been a valuable supporter and voice for the NDLSEC community.  Her dedication and hard work was extremely valuable to the Foundation during the last few years as the Foundation and program office went through an extensive transition period. She will continue to be an asset to the NDLSEC community as she transitions into her new role.


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