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Nelson Tang, M.D.

Director, Division of Special Operations
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine


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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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  • Director, Division of Special Operations
  • Director, Center for Law Enforcement Medicine
  • Director, EMS Fellowship
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine



The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2280

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Emergency Medicine

Research Interests

Mass Gathering Event Medical Support; Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Tactical Emergency Medicine


Following a year as Chief Resident, Dr. Tang joined the Emergency Medicine faculty as Assistant Chief of Service (1997-1999). He has completed the Teaching Fellowship of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Medical Directors Course and Practicum of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Dr. Tang has served as the Disaster Control Physician for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and emergency medicine liaison to the Adult and Pediatric Trauma Services.

Dr. Tang has extensive Emergency Medical Services experience and is the Executive Medical Director for Johns Hopkins LIFELINE, the ground and air critical care transport program of the Johns Hopkins Health System. He has served as the Director of Medical Operations for the Baltimore Marathon and directs the department''s medical support for numerous mass-gathering special events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Since 1999, Dr. Tang has served as Medical Director for the United States Secret Service. In this capacity, he has provided direct medical support for international protective missions, National Special Security Events and high-risk training operations at the USSS Training Center. He is responsible for agency-wide emergency medical protocols and the certification of agency EMS providers. Dr. Tang is also the Medical Director for the operational medical programs within the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshals Service. Since 2006, Dr. Tang has also served as a Tactical Physician with the Maryland State Police. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • New York Medical College / MD (1994)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Emergency Medicine (1997)


    • American Board of Emergency Medicine / Emergency Medicine (1998, 2008)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Levy MJ, Tang N. Use of tissue adhesive as a field expedient barrier dressing for hand wounds in disaster responders. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Feb;29(1):107-9. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X13009205. Epub 2013 Dec 23. PMID: 24360348 [PubMed - in process]
    2. Tang N, Levy MJ, Harrow J, Bingham N. Use of a hooked cutting device compared with scissors for the emergency exposure of critically ill and injured patients. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Feb;29(1):43-6. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X13009060. Epub 2013 Dec 13. PMID: 24330774 [PubMed - in process]
    3. Milstone AM, Bamford P, Aucott SW, Tang N, White KR, Bearer CF. Chlorhexidine inhibits L1 cell adhesion molecule-mediated neurite outgrowth in vitro. Pediatr Res. 2014 Jan;75(1-1):8-13. doi: 10.1038/pr.2013.175. Epub 2013 Oct 14. PMID: 24126818
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