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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSURT)

The International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSURT) is a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) team of medical specialists who provide surgical and critical care during a disaster or public health emergency. Originally conceived to address the needs of U.S. citizens injured overseas, the IMSURT role has expanded over the years to include both domestic deployments, including the World Trade Center Bombings and Hurricane Katrina, and international deployments, including the earthquakes in Bam, Iran, and Port au Prince, Haiti. 

IMSURT personnel are Federal employees used on an intermittent basis to deploy to the site of a disaster or public health emergency and provide high quality, life saving surgical and critical care.  As Federal employees, IMSURT personnel are protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Federal Tort Claims Act, and Worker’s compensation.  Additionally, IMSURT employees’ personal state licenses and certifications are recognized both nationally and internationally when deployed as federal employees. 
IMSURT deployments often occur in austere environments where many of the conveniences of modern life are limited or unavailable.  Personnel are deployed normally in fourteen day periods or longer until local medical resources are sufficiently recovered or have been supplemented by other organizations.

Between deployments, the IMSURT works closely with other NDMS teams to recruit, train, and prepare experienced medical providers for deployment. 

  • This page last reviewed: September 25, 2015