Ready For The Unexpected
Chicago is no stranger to hosting world-class events and festivals. What many participants and fans don’t think about as they enjoy themselves is the world-class team behind the scenes that is prepared for any type of unexpected situation such as extreme weather or other safety threats.
George Chiampas, DO, FACEP, CAQSM, assistant professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is involved with international organizations that focus on medical coverage for mass participation events, specifically marathons.
Dr. Chiampas is the medical director for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and his preparedness plan has been used as a model for other large-scale events around Chicago. His best practices are infused with international learnings from organizations such as the International Institute for Race Medicine and the Abbott World Marathon Majors.