Obama Inauguration Deployment

Dr. Elton Strauss Selected as a Trauma Specialist for the Inauguration of President-Elect Obama

Dr. Strauss, Trauma SpecialistElton Strauss, MD, FACS, FABOS has been selected by the Department of State as a member of an elite team of trauma specialists to care for any orthopaedic surgical emergencies during the inauguration of president-elect Obama, in Washington, DC, January 18 through 20.

Dr. Strauss is Chief of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and has been a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) for the past three years. He looks forward to bringing his abilities to the nation’s Capitol.
“Because of the expected record-setting crowds, our team is being deployed from throughout the Northeast so we will be in position in case there is a need for emergency medical care,” explained Strauss.

“It will be exciting to witness this historic inauguration in person. We’ll be out there with the masses, in our government issued uniforms, in the cold, eating our MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), and ready to help if called on.”

The population of Washington, DC is expected to swell by the addition of over 2 million visitors for the inauguration festivities; Dr. Strauss and the rest of a 40 member International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT) will be mobilized to provide a 60 bed field hospital in the event of a mass casualty event. The temporary hospital will be located on The National Mall.

The complexity of today’s mass casualty incidents has increased the need for specialists in disaster care. The NDMS responded to this need by creating rapidly deployable world-class medical/surgical teams for the treatment of disaster victims under the sponsorship of the US Government (Department of Health and Human Services).

Dr. Elton Strauss Serves on Trauma Force at Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Strauss, Trauma and Reconstructive SurgeonElton Strauss, MD, FACS, FABOS, Chief of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, knows how to handle a tough situation. That is why he was one of only 40 physicians selected to an elite team of trauma specialists who dealt with emergencies that arose during the inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, from January 18 to the 20.

“It was an unbelievable opportunity to be able to witness this historic inauguration,” said Dr. Strauss, who is also an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Geriatrics and Adult Development. “Because of the expected record-setting crowds, our team will be there in case there is a disaster in the street and someone needs rapid medical assistance.”

“This selection is a tribute to Dr. Strauss’ reputation as a world-class orthopeadic trauma expert," said Evan Flatow, MD, the Bernard Lasker Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics and Chief of Shoulder Surgery.

More than two million additional people gathered together in Washington D.C. for the inauguration. Dr. Strauss and the medical team had to be prepared to handle anything from a busted knee cap to an explosion. From flexible and mobile equipment and supplies like pharmaceuticals and blood, they had everything on hand—even a mobile 60-bed field hospital that would have been set up at the National Mall in the event of mass casualties.

Dr. Strauss, who has been with Mount Sinai for 25 years, has a track record of working in high-pressure situations. In 2003, he was asked to be part of the International Medical Surgical Response Team, which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Dr. Strauss is also a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, which was created in 2001.

For three years, he has also been a member of the National Disaster Medical System, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services and helps victims of natural disasters and accidents, including fires, bombings, and plane crashes.

“The opportunity to serve in such an elite service with a team of highly trained professionals was an honor,
especially under an extreme and highly stressful setting,” Dr. Strauss said from the Inauguration. “The country
should be proud of its preparation and participants.”