Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine and Public Health, Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine
Director, EMS and Disaster Medical Sciences Fellowship
Associate EMS Medical Director, Orange County Health Care Agency
M.D., UCI College of Medicine, 1978
Phone: (714) 834-5034
University of California, Irvine
Orange County Emergency Medical Services
405 W. Fifth Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Disaster Medicine, earthquakes, terrorism, EMS
Dr. Carl Schultz is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Disaster Medicine. He is a professor of emergency medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Director of the EMS and Disaster Medical Sciences Fellowship, Director of Research at the Center for Disaster Medical Sciences, and Director of Disaster Medical Services for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center.
He graduated AOA from the UC Irvine School of Medicine in 1978. He is residency trained and board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine.
His area of expertise is disaster medicine, including all forms of weapons of mass destruction. His research interests include preparation and response to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, as well as weapons of mass destruction. He has over 80 publications in the field of disaster medicine, including two first-author articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. His research has been funded by multiple agencies including the National Science Foundation. He has international faculty appointments at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and the University of Piemonte in Italy and is part of the international faculty for the European Master of Disaster Medicine.
He served as a consultant under contract to the Department of Defense as an expert in the medical aspects of nuclear, biologic, and chemical terrorism for the Domestic Preparedness Program. He has also been retained as a consultant by other national and international groups. The ANSER Institute for Homeland Security asked him to advice on the impacts of terrorism on public health. The State of Israel has used him as a consultant to update their urban search and rescue team on the management of earthquake victims and he has assisted their Ministry of Health on issues related to the impact of earthquakes on hospitals.
He is also co-editor for the definitive reference on disaster medicine published by Cambridge University Press and first author on two disaster medicine chapters in Rosen’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine, which is the premiere textbook for emergency physicians in the U.S. He served on several national emergency medical society task forces on terrorism. He is the only emergency physician in the United States to serve on the terrorism task forces for both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He chaired the Disaster Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians for two years. He lectures nationally and internationally on disaster medicine related topics. In 2015, he received the American College of Emergency Physicians National Disaster Medical Sciences Award.
Koenig KL, Schultz CH (eds): Koenig and Schultz’s Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2015.
Lillibridge SR, Burkle FM, Waeckerle J, Koenig KL, Schultz C, Bissell R, Shen B, Noji E: Disaster Medicine: Current assessment and blueprint for the future. Acad Emerg Med 1995;2:1068-1076.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL, Noji EK: A Medical Disaster Response to Reduce Immediate Mortality Following an Earthquake. N Engl J Med 1996;334:438-444.
Benson M, Koenig KL, Schultz CH: Disaster Triage: START then SAVE. A New Method of Dynamic Triage for Victims of a Catastrophic Earthquake. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 1996;11(2):117-124.
Garner A, Lee A, Harrison K, Schultz CH: Comparative Analysis of Multiple-Casualty Incident Triage Algorithms. Ann Emerg Med 2001;38:541-548.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL, Lewis RJ: Implications of Hospital Evacuation after the Northridge, California, Earthquake. N Engl J Med 2003;348:1349-1355.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL, Auf der Heide E, Olson R: Benchmarking for Hospital Evacuation: A Critical Data Collection Tool. Prehosp Disast Med 2005;20(5):331-342.
Koenig KL, Kahn CA, Schultz CH: Medical Strategies to Handle Mass Casualties from the Use of Biological Weapons. In Marty A, Greenberg MI (eds): Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism. Clin Lab Med 2006 Jun;26(2):313-27.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL: State of Research in High-consequence Hospital Surge Capacity. Acad Emerg Med 2006;13(11):1153-1156.
Koenig KL, Boatright CJ, Hancock JA, Denny FJ, Teeter DS, Kahn CA, Schultz CH: Health Care Facilities' "War on Terrorism": A Deliberate Process for Recommending Personal Protective Equipment. Am J Emerg Med 2007;25(2):185-195.
Schultz CH, Stratton SJ: Improving Hospital Surge Capacity: A New Concept for Emergency Credentialing of Volunteers. Ann Emerg Med 2007;49:602-609.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL, Lewis RJ: Decision-making in Hospital Earthquake Evacuation: Does Distance from the Epicenter Matter? Ann Emerg Med 2007;50:320-326.
Koenig KL, Boatright CJ, Hancock JA, Denny FJ, Teeter DS, Kahn CA, Schultz CH: Healthcare Facility-Based Decontamination of Victims Exposed to Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Material. Am J Emerg Med 2008;26:71-80.
Kahn CA, Schultz CH, Miller KT, Anderson CL: Does START Triage Work? An Outcomes Assessment after a
Disaster. Ann Emerg Med 2009;54:424-430.
Koenig KL, Bey TA, Schultz CH: International Disaster Medical Sciences Fellowship: Model Curriculum and Key Considerations for Establishment of an Innovative International Educational Program. West J Emerg Med 2009;10(4):213-219.
Sener S, Eken C, Schultz CH, Serinken M, Ozsarac M: Ketamine with and without Midazolam for Emergency Department Sedation in Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Emerg Med 2011;57:109-114.
Schultz CH, Annas GJ: Altering the Standard of Care in Disasters - Unnecessary and Dangerous. Ann Emerg Med 2012;59:191-195.
Schultz CH, Koenig KL, Whiteside M, Murray R: Development of National Standardized All-Hazard Disaster Core Competencies for Acute Care Physicians, Nurses, and EMS Professionals. Ann Emerg Med 2012;59:196-208.
Downey EL, Andress K, Schultz CH: Initial Management of Hospital Evacuations Caused by Hurricane Rita: A Systematic Investigation. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013;28(3):257-263
American College of Emergency Physicians
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine