Research Overview

Dr. Chung’s research interests are in the areas of pediatric disaster preparedness and response, including the role of hospital preparation for disasters involving children, family reunification, emergency mass critical care, and effects of the H1N1 pandemic influenza on pediatric emergency departments.

About the Researcher

Sarita Chung received her MD in Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She did a residency in Pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center), and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chung joined the faculty of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2002.

Key Publications

  1. Chung S, Monteiro S, Hogencamp T, Damian FJ, Stack A. Pediatric Alternate Site of Care during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic. Pediatr Emer Care 2011;27: 519-526.
  2. Chung S, Monteiro S. Ziniel S, Klaman P, Kalish L. Survey of Emergency Management Professionals to Assess Ideal Characteristics of a Photographic Based Family Reunification Tool. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2012:2:156-162
  3. Chung S, Christoudias C, Darrell T, Ziniel S, Kalish L. A Novel Image Based Tool to Reunite Children with Their Families after Disasters. Acad Emerg Med. 2012:19:1227-34
  4. Chung S, Fagbuyi D, Lozon MM, Johnson T, Nager AL, Cicero MX, Dahl-Grove D, Costello, BE, Krug SE. Going Viral: Adapting to Pediatric Surge During the H1N1 Pandemic. Pediatr Emer Care 2013;29:1159-1165.
  5. Gates JD, Arabian S, Biddinger P, Blansfield J, Burke P, Chung S, Fischer J, Friedman F, Gervasini A, Goralnick E, Gupta A, Larentzakis A, McMahon M, Mella J, Michaud Y, Mooney D, Rabinovici R, Sweet D, Ulrich A, Velmahos G, Weber C, Yaffe MB. The initial response to the Boston marathon bombing; lessons learned to prepare for the next disaster. Ann Surg. 2014 Dec; 260(6)960-6.
  6. Goralnick E, Halpern P, Loo S, Gates J, Biddinger P, Fisher J, Velmahos G, Chung S, Mooney D, Brown C, Barnewolt B, Burke P, Gupta A, Ulrich A, Hojman H, McNulty E, Dorn B, Marcus L, Peleg K Leadership During the Boston Marathon Bombings: A Qualitative After-Action Review. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2015 Jun 22:1-7



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Researcher Areas

  • Disaster Preparedness and Response

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  1. Chung S, Mario Christoudias C, Darrell T, Ziniel SI, Kalish LA. A novel image-based tool to reunite children with their families after disasters. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Nov; 19(11):1227-34. View abstract
  2. Chung S, Monteiro S, Ziniel SI, Kalish LA, Klaman P, Shannon M. Survey of emergency management professionals to assess ideal characteristics of a photographic-based family reunification tool. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Jun; 6(2):156-62. View abstract
  3. Chung S, Monteiro S, Hogencamp T, Damian FJ, Stack A. Pediatric alternate site of care during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Jun; 27(6):519-26. View abstract
  4. Chung S, Shannon M. Reuniting children with their families during disasters: a proposed plan for greater success. Am J Disaster Med. 2007 May-Jun; 2(3):113-7. View abstract
  5. Chung S, Shannon M. Hospital planning for acts of terrorism and other public health emergencies involving children. Arch Dis Child. 2005 Dec; 90(12):1300-7. View abstract
  6. Chung S, Schamban N, Wypij D, Cleveland R, Schutzman SA. Skull radiograph interpretation of children younger than two years: how good are pediatric emergency physicians? Ann Emerg Med. 2004 Jun; 43(6):718-22. View abstract
  7. Chung S, Mandl KD, Shannon M, Fleisher GR. Efficacy of an educational Web site for educating physicians about bioterrorism. Acad Emerg Med. 2004 Feb; 11(2):143-8. View abstract