Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Colleen Buono

Dr. Colleen Buono completed her Emergency Medicine Residency and was chief resident at UCSD Medical Center, also serving as a crew member for Mercy Air. Dr. Buono developed and completed the UCSD Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Fellowship. She joined the faculty in July 2006 and currently serves as Director of the EMS-Disaster Fellowship and Base Hospital Director for the Department. 

Additionally, Dr. Buono serves as the Medical Director of the Palomar College Paramedic Program and is active in prehospital policy and procedure, serving on multiple EMS and Disaster Preparedness Committees.  Dr. Buono works as one of the Medical Directors for the San Diego County Metropolitan Medical Strike Team (MMST) for response to terrorist acts in San Diego.  Dr. Buono is the Chief Medical Officer for the San Diego Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-4) and is part of the San Diego Urban Search and Rescue (CA TF-8).

Dr. Buono is interested and active in disaster preparation, response, and education, as well as EMS and Disaster research. Her specific research interest lies in information technology in disaster response utilizing the Wireless Internet Information System for medicAl Response to Disasters (WIISARD) to improve the quality, quantity, and utility of the datat in a mass casualty scenario. She has traveled to the Ukraine, Mississippi, Louisiana with DMAT, New Orleans with USAR, and co-directed the medical response at Qualcomm Stadium during the 2007 San Diego Wildfires. She also coordinates the Women in Emergency Medicine group, which she has expanded to include members from across San Diego County. Publications