For the past fourteen years, Dr. Douglas Isaacs has served as Deputy Medical Director for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). As Deputy Medical Director, he is involved with the oversight of the 911 system as well as the education and training of Certified First Responders, EMTs, and paramedics. He is the Medical Director for Manhattan/Division 1, Special Operations Command, Rescue Paramedic program, Chair of the Medical Equipment Committee and is the Program Director for the FDNY-Northwell Health EMS Fellowship. He is also a Medical Team Manager for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) team, NY-TF1 and has been on numerous deployments. Over the past eight years, he has been the Director of FDNY’s annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) that is attended by professionals at the federal, state, local and international levels and is recognized as the leading forum for US&R and other pre-hospital professionals to actively share their best practices and ideas.
Dr. Isaacs earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and completed residencies in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is a practicing emergency medicine physician at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center and is board certified in emergency medicine, and emergency medical services (EMS). He plays an active role as an Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a core faculty member of the Northwell Health emergency medicine residency program.