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Hopkins doctor/disaster expert says resource problems in Haiti required ethical decision-making
Date:3/11/2010

and resource-allocation during mass disasters.

The Berman Institute is an independent, interdisciplinary center dedicated to the study of complex moral and medical issues.

Kirsch, a trained medical disaster expert who assisted with medical responses to Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, was among the first medical staff sent to Haiti by Johns Hopkins Medicine. He deployed to the country soon after the massive January 12 earthquake, which killed an estimated 230,000 people, as part of the Johns Hopkins Go Team. The multidisciplinary group of approximately of 185 is trained to respond to natural and manmade catastrophes. Moon, a Johns Hopkins pediatrician, did not deploy to Haiti.

Kirsch has been tapped by the nonprofit Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to help assess earthquake building damage in Chile. Kirsch will be looking into how building damage contributed to injuries, deaths and hospital closings in the February 27 earthquake.


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