SOURCE: Medical Development Group

Medical Development Group

September 03, 2013 10:15 ET

Medical Development Group Highlights the Emergency Medicine Response to the Marathon Attacks

Event on Sept. 11, 5:30-8:00 pm in Waltham, Reveals Inside Story of Saving Lives Through Advanced Planning and Rapid Deployment

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2013) - The Medical Development Group (MDG/Boston), the region's leading resource for educational forums and networking events for medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical and life science professionals, announced today that it is beginning its 2013-2014 series of forums with a behind-the-scenes look at the medical response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The event is taking place on Sept. 11 from 5:30-8 pm at the Waltham, Mass., headquarters of Constant Contact. Registration and complete details can be found at

"MDG/Boston is honored to present the largely untold inside story from those who personally took part in the amazing medical drama of skill, planning and professionalism on April 15 that earned worldwide admiration," said Dick O'Brien, president of MDG/Boston. "Our panel of renowned medical professionals will relate the detailed response plan, built upon years of post-9/11 planning, preparation and drills, which enabled so many victims to survive lethal, battlefield-like wounds resulting from the Boston Marathon bombings. Their heroic efforts, aided by some of the most sophisticated medical technology available anywhere, have set a standard for disaster response medical teams in the U.S. Sept. 11 is a most appropriate date to hold this extraordinary event."

Speakers include Alasdair Conn, MD, chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Paul Biddinger, MD, director of operations for Emergency Medicine and medical director for emergency preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Ross D. Zafonte, DO, chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital. Event moderator is Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, FACS, senior general and bariatric surgeon, Lahey Hospital.

"Surgical Precision" Takes on New Meaning
Within two minutes of the first bomb blast at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, Dr. Conn was notified by Boston emergency authorities. As MGH prepared to receive its first wave of survivors needing trauma care, it activated its disaster response system. In all, 27 hospitals within Boston and the surrounding area became treatment centers for the more than 260 injured. "This extraordinarily rapid and effective response, which saved many lives, did not 'just happen,'" O'Brien said. "We're telling that incredible story at our Sept. 11 event."

Who Should Attend

  • Device, biotech and pharma company personnel and their service organizations. They will see first-hand how their services and products were used to address extreme trauma response exposure.
  • Clinical personnel and their colleagues and partners. Hear the retelling of what they saw unfold and how at the bombing site in applying trauma training, extensive preparation, knowledge and experiences, many from military and police backgrounds.
  • All medical device, biotech and pharma industry participants, who will take pride and be able to explore actions taken to address the difficult, anticipated and unanticipated, patient care administered to save lives and support affected parents.
  • Life science professionals who appreciate the capabilities and crisis event services of greater Boston that were marshaled: sports and government, clinical, surgical and rehabilitation deployed resources.

Fees and Registration
Sept. 11 event registrations can be made here or by visiting Fees are $25 for MDG/Boston members and $35 for everyone else. Pre-registrations are accepted through Sept. 9. Onsite registration is $35 for MDG/Boston and $50 for others.

About MDG/Boston
MDG/Boston's mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities and promoting best practices in enterprise management. For more information, visit

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