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Dr. Behar is in his 8th year of attending, and is the Medical Director of Disaster Planning. He continues to be involved in pediatric disaster research and education even though most of the disasters he deals with currently are caused by his 3 young kids.

Dr. Behar is a regular contributor for the national podcast EM-RAP (Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives), and is starting a national pediatric CME program called Peds-RAP. He is editor of a bimonthly internal publication entitled PEM Pearls, which is distributed to all Emergency and Pediatric faculty and residents at LA County+USC. Dr. Behar likes funny people and good food.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric Disaster, Medical Education


Medical School: 

University of Nevada School of Medicine


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, General Pediatrics


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, General Pediatrics


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Emergency



Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics


Behar S, Nager A, Ramirez M, Upperman J. “Training Medical Staff for Pediatric Disaster Victims: A Comparison of Different Teaching Methods”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 2008 July/August 3(4):189-199

Behar, S, Benson R, Kurzweil A, Azen C, and Nager A. “Use of an Emergency Medical Pictorial Communication Book During Simulated Disaster Conditions”. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Oct 7(5):475-80. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2013.86

Behar S, Stevenson K, Upperman J, Nager A. Competency-Based Pediatric Disaster Training. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, November 22, 2013. Am J Disaster Med. 2014 Winter 9(1):5-16. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2014.0137

Research Interests: 

Pediatric disaster preparation and education, minimizing radiation exposure, medical education

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