Neil H. Baum, MD, presented “Disaster Planning for Urology Practices” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in September 2020.

How to cite: Baum, Neil H. “Disaster Planning for Urology Practices” September 2020. Accessed Aug 2021.


GRU Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School, discusses his personal experience with disasters, and the lessons he has learned from them. While most urology practices do not have a written disaster plan, disruptive disasters are far more frequent than most urologists realize. Dr. Baum shares what happened to his practice when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Emphasizing that there are many different types of disasters that can hit anywhere at any time, he suggests writing a contingency plan that includes instructions for both the emergency operation mode and the recovery, discusses the process of notifying patients, staff, and vendors, and covers the importance of transferring expensive medical equipment and medications to safer locations. Dr. Baum also details a basic disaster supply kit and a recovery box. 

For a more detailed look at disaster planning for your practice, Dr. Baum has published a book on this topic.

For more commentary from Dr. Baum, visit his Improving Your Urology Practice page.