Program and UPDATED Continuing Education Information



Hilton Hotel, Rockville, MD


Participants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Nursing (CNE), and Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) during the SDMPH Annual Meeting 2016. One continuing education credit is earned for every 60 minutes of educational content. The maximum is 16.25 credits.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) – The American Public Health Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to approve continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) – The APHA/PHN Section is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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July 27, 2016 July 28, 2016 July 29, 2016  




Tabletop Exercise


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Panel V


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Panel I


Panel VI


Panel II




Panel III


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Panel IV


Panel VII


Panel VIII









 7:30 am Registration Opens
 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
 8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and Brief Opening Remarks – James J James, MD
Executive Director,  Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Conference Moderator: Georges Benjamin, MD

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

 Keynote Addresses 
 9:00 – 9:20 Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine,

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

The Role of the University in Global Health Security

 9:20 – 9:45 Dr. Kobi Peleg, Director,

Israeli National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research

 9:45 – 10:00 Break
 10:00 – 11:30 Session – Global Engagement
 10:00 – 10:20 Dr. Glendon Diehl,

Center for Global Health Engagement

National Global Health Security Initiatives

 10:20 – 11:30 Panel 1 – Global Events
 10:20 – 10:25 Moderator –  Dr. Charles Beadling, Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE)
 10:25 – 10:40 Dr. Tom Koch – Outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics: A microbial point of view
 10:40 – 10:55 Dr. Jose Cordero – Zika public health interventions
 10:55 – 11:10 Dr. Kristi L. Koenig – Disaster Global Health:
Novel Concepts and Tools for Emerging Infectious Diseases
 11:10 – 11:20 Q & A, Discussion
 11:20 am –

12:35 pm

Panel II – Global Response 
 11:20 – 11:25 Moderator – Dr. Paul Reed, The Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE)
 11:25 – 11:40 Dr. David Callaway – Team Rubicon Response in Nepal, Hyaiun, Ecuador
 11:40 – 11:55 Jennifer L. Martin, J.D., M.A., Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Baltimore, Maryland
 11:55 – 12:10 Dr. Shinichi Egawa – Japanese response to Nepal earthquake
 12:10 – 12:25 Dr. Paul Reed, Q & A, Discussion
 12:25 – 1:30    Lunch on your own – Poster and Exhibit Setup
 1:30 – 3:05 Panel III – Global Response cont’d
 1:30 – 1:35 Moderator – Dr. David Callaway, Team Rubicon
 1:35 – 1:50 Dr. Amir Khorram-Manesh – Bombings and Mass Shootings – Europe (Brussels, Paris)
 1:50- 2:05 Dr. Eduardo Dolhun  – Syrian Refugee Mission in Greece
 2:05 – 2:20 Dr. Jin –  Explosion at Chemical Plant – Tianjing, China
 2:20 – 2:35 Dr. Cham Dallas, Dirty Bomb Response – University of Georgia
 2:35 – 2:50 Dr. Kelly Stanko, Univ of Toledo Response in Nepal
 2:50 – 3:05 Q & A, Discussion
 3:05 – 3:20 Break
 3:30 – 4:50 Panel IV World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team Concept
 3:30 – 3:35 Moderator: Dr. Elin Gursky
 3:35 – 3:50 Dr. Weinstein – WHO Emergency Medical Team Concept and Development
 3:50 – 4:05 Dr. Kobi Peleg, Tel-Aviv, Israel

The WHO Emergency Medical Team Concept and Implementation Process Global

 4:05 – 4:20 Dr. Erin Noste – The WHO Emergency Medical Team Concept and Implementation process in the USA – NGO Perspective
 4:20 – 4:35 Q & A, Discussion
 4:35 – 4:50 Late Breaking or Free Time
 5:00 PM Posters/Exhibits Open
 5:30 – 7:30 pm Reception – all attendees
 8:00 am Continental Breakfast         Poster Session and Exhibits
Welcome, Opening Remarks and Summary of Day I
 8:30 Conference Moderator: Georges Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
 9:00 – 9:30 Keynote Address
Dr. Shinichi Egawa, Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Mega earthquake-Tokyo

 9:30 – 11:30 Panel V The Universe of Responders
Overview of classes of responders
 9:30 – 9:50 Responder Overview & Moderator
Capt Robert Tosatto, US Public Health Service
 9:50 – 10:05 Dr. Terris Kennedy – Nursing Education
 10:05 – 10:20 Dr. Jonah Thompson, Team Rubicon
 10:20 – 10:35 Break
 10:35 – 10:50 Katherine Fogelberg, DVM
 10:50 – 11:05 Dr. Colvard – Role of Dental Responders
 11:05 – 11:20 Mary Casey-Lockyer, American Red Cross Volunteers in the NGO world
 11:20 – 11:30 Q & A, Discussion
 11:30 Lunch
 11:50 – 12:30 Lunchtime Presentation 
Dr. Christina Hernon – Disaster Gap Research and Education Group
 12:30 – 2:00 Panel VI Active Shooter
 12:30 – 12:35 Moderator Dr. William Fabbri – Medical Officer-Federal Bureau of Investigation
 12:35 – 12:50 Dr. Melissa Givens, Asst. Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS
 12:50 – 1:05 Dr. David Marcozzi, Director Population Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
 1:05 – 1:20 Dr. Dan Hanfling, Consultant, Emergency Preparedness and Response; Crisis Planning
 1:20 – 1:30


1:30 – 1:55

Dr. John Corker, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Hospital

Moderator, Q & A, Discussion

Thursday July 28
 2:00 – 2:20 pm Keynote Address
Dr. Nicole Lurie
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

RADM, U.S. Public Health Service

The Role of ASPR in Support of Preparedness and Response

2:20 – 3:55


Panel VII

Education, Training
Special Guest Presentation 
 2:20 – 2:35 Dr. Sally Phillips
HHS Overview of Education and Training in Support of Preparedness and Response
 2:35 – 2:40 Moderator – Dr. Don Donahue
 2:40 – 2:55 Dr. Ray Swienton
Competency-based Education and Training in Support of Preparedness and Response
 2:55 – 3:10 Dr. Amir Khorram-Manesh, European Curriculum in Disaster Medicine
 3:10 – 3:25 Dr. Limor Aharonson-Daniel, Israel
 3:25 – 3:40 Lauren Sauer – Disaster at your Doorstep – Preparing Medical Students for the Unexpected Role of Disaster Response
 3:40 – 3:55 Q & A, Discussion
 3:55 – 4:05 Break
 4:05 – 5:20 Panel VIII
Research in Disaster Medicine and Public Health
 4:05 – 4:10 Moderator – Dr. Michael Reilly
 4:10 – 4:25 Dr. Sally Phillips – Research in Support of Preparedness and Response
 4:25 – 4:40 Dr. Michael Reilly – Superstorm Sandy; ASPR Reseach in Sandy
 4:40 – 4:55 Dr. James J. James – Editor-in-Chief, DMPHP Journal
 4:55 – 5:10 Stacey Arnensen, NLM
 5:10 – 5:25 Q& A, Discussion
 5:30 – 6:15   NDLSF Meeting
Friday  July 29
 7:30 am Continental Breakfast                     Poster Session and Exhibits
 7:45 – 8:50 SDMPH Meeting – all attendees
 9:00 – noon Modified Tabletop Exercise

Medical/Public Health effects of Total Grid Outage in a Major City

 9:00 – 9:30 Bill Murtagh,  Assistant Director for Space Weather at the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy
 9:30 – 10:00 Mr. Frank Koza, Engineer
 10:00 – 11:30 Dr. Terry Donat, Dr. Charles Manto, Dr. Jim Terbush
 11:30 – Noon Audience Discussion
 Noon Poster Session and Exhibits Close
 Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch and Special Guest Presentation
Dr. Anna Pou, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
 1:15 – 2:15 pm Special Panel on Bystanders in response
Presentation/Discussion (A,B,C)
 1:15 – 1:20 Moderator Ray Swienton
 1:20 – 1:35 Brendan Carr
 1:35 – 1:50 MRC  Representative Virginia Beach
 1:50 – 2:05 Dr. Richard Schwartz
 2:05 – 2:20 Q & A, Discussion
 2:45 – 3:30 Human Environmental Interactions and Health Impacts: The Anthropocene
 2:45 – 2:50 Moderator: Tim Stephens
 2:50 – 3:00 Sabrina Sholts
 3:00 – 3:10 Daniel R. Lucey
 3:10 – 3:20 Jessica E. Taaffe
 3:20 – 3:30 Juli Moore Trtanj
Q & A, Discussion
 3:30 – 4:00 Art Cooper, MD – Ethics in the Age of the Anthropocene
 4:00 – 4:15 Wrap-up


Limor Aharonson-Daniel, PhD Dr. Aharonson-Daniel built and headed the master’s program in Emergency Medicine (Emergency Preparedness and Response Track) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in 2008. Subsequently, she created and headed the PREPARED Center for Emergency Response Research at BGU. She has taught, supervised research students, and studied this field for over two decades. In addition, she is vice rector for international academic affairs, looking into the creation of global collaborations in research and teaching in this field.
Stacey J. Arnesen, MS As Chief of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Ms. Arnesen oversees the development of databases related to medical and public health literature for all phases of disasters, tools for hazardous materials/CBRN events, as well as coordinates the Disaster Information Specialist program. This program includes courses, webinars, and other activities leading to a certificate from the Medical Library Association and is open to anyone interested in learning more and specializing in disaster information management.
Charles W. Beadling, MD Dr. Beadling has been involved in international disaster medicine and preparedness for the past decade and holds certifications in disaster medicine and humanitarian assistance. In addition, he served as the principal investigator and co-investigator on disaster preparedness for eight years across 18 countries in Africa.
Mary Casey-Lockyer, RN Mary Casey-Lockyer is the Senior Associate for Disaster Health Services at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. For over five years, she has fulfilled this role for program development and continuous quality improvement for Disaster Health Services at national headquarters. As a Disaster Health Services manager/chief with the Red Cross, she has been on fifteen national deployments, most recently to the 2015 Flooding responses in both South Carolina and Texas. in addition to, supporting the Papal visit to Philadelphia, Penn. From 2002-2011, she was the Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator for Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights Ill. She was involved in emergency planning activities at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Casey-Lockyer earned her master’s degree in Homeland Security for Public Health Preparedness in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State University Hershey School of Medicine.
David Callaway, MD Dr. David Callaway is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, where he is the Director of the Division of Operational and Disaster Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Callaway was elected as the Civilian Vice President of the Special Operations Medical Association. He currently leads the ACEP High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force and is a voting member of the Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Trauma and Injury.
Brendan Carr, MD Dr. Carr is the director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center, (ECCC), which was created by Presidential Directive on order to improve national preparedness and response by promoting research, regional partnerships, and effective emergency medical systems.
José F Cordero, MD, MPH Funded research studying Zika in pregnancy in Puerto Rico, serving as a consultant to the CDC on Zika and Vector Control Issues. Dr. Cordero is a trained pediatrician, clinical geneticist, and epidemiologist. His research has focused on prenatal exposures and adverse pregnancy outcomes, including birth defects.
Michael D. Colvard, DDS, MS, PhD Dr. Colvard is Director of the Oral Medicine and Pharmacognosy Research Laboratory, and Responder Medicine Responder Training Division, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is internationally renowned for work in dental and medical anthropology, advancing the role of the dental medicine responder during disasters, pandemics, and global health humanitarian events, and conducting translational research to apply directed energy spectroscopic technologies for global health and forensics signatures research in austere environments.
John R. Corker, MD Dr. Corker was the senior emergency medicine resident managing the trauma resuscitation at Parkland Memorial Hospital of the officers wounded in the Dallas mass shooting on July 7, 2016. I was simultaneously responsible for managing the critical care needs of countless other patients that evening in one of the nation’s busiest emergency trauma centers.
Cham Dallas, PhD Dr. Dallas has been the Senior Editor on the Basic Disaster Life Support curricula for ten years, which has been taught to over 100,000 medical and public health personnel in 17 nations. In addition, he is a Professor at the Institute for Disaster Management and manages a graduate program in emergency medical training.
Glendon Diehl, PhD CAPT Diehl serves as Director of the Center for Global Health Engagement. In this role he advises on matters involving global health engagement policy, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, health related stability operations, security cooperation, security assistance, health diplomacy and health threats based capacity. CAPT Diehl also coordinates with the DoD, the Services, CCMDs, the Inter-Agency, specific Host and Partner Nations and other organizations that facilitate mission execution on security cooperation activities and assessment, monitoring and evaluation policy.
Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD, MPH Since 2003, Dr. Dobalian’s research has focused on public health preparedness, including quality and performance metrics, community health resilience, crisis leadership, facility evacuation, workforce readiness and training, and behavioral health. He has served as PI or co-PI on grants totaling more than $17 million from AHRQ, HRSA, RWJF, VA, and others. Dr. Dobalian is also a member of the “Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research During Large-Scale Emergency Events” of the Health and Medicine Division.
Eduardo Dolhun, MD Dr. Dolhun founded Doctors Outreach Clinics, which has conducted missions in Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, and, most recently, Greece. He became a member of the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Society in 2013. He is a graduate of Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Stanford University School of Medicine.
Donald A Donahue, DHEd, MBA, FACHE Dr. Donahue posses broad experience in emergency preparedness, medical response capabilities, health resilience, education and training, and strategic planning. He holds leadership position in several national professional societies related to these topics.
Terry L. Donat, MD Dr. Donat is a surgeon in northern Illinois, certified as an Illinois Professional Emergency Manager and is IEMA RACES Region 2 Radio Officer (State Team). He is an external resource to the FBI Chicago Field Office WMD Coordinator and serves as HPH Sector Chief for InfraGard Chicago; the Healthcare Industry Advisory Group Co-Chair for the InfraGard Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group. He is also a member of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council – DHS/DHHS.
Shinichi Egawa, MD, PhD Dr. Egawa has been a Professor of IRIDeS since 2012 and organized the International Symposium on Medical and Public Health Management in Disaster to incorporate the health aspect into the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. He/she is a continuous contributor to the implementation of health aspect of the Sendai Framework.
William P. Fabbri, MD, FACEP A board certified physician specialist in emergency medicine, Dr. Febbri serves as the senior medical advisor to the Active Shooter Initiative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This project is a response to a presidential directive to employ US government resources to reduce the incidence of and promote survival from active shooter incidents.
Katherine Fogelberg, DVM, PhD Dr. Fogelberg has eight years of clinical veterinary practice experience including emergency, urgent, and preventive care caseloads. Her background in military medical casualty teaching and management has provided her with a unique perspective on the strengths and weaknesses that veterinarians bring to a mass casualty event.
Melissa Givens, MD, MPH COL Givens is an Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, has two combat tours to Iraq, and most recently served as the Command Surgeon for Special Forces Command Africa. COL Givens was the Emergency Medicine Residency Director at Fort Hood during the mass shootings in 2009 when 13 people died and more than 30 others were wounded.
Elin Gursky, Sc.D, M.Sc, IDHA Dr. Gursky is an infectious disease epidemiologist and recognized subject matter and technical expert in public health systems and global health security. She has focused on disaster preparedness and emergency both domestically and internationally, the latter through venues including the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and the United Nations.
Dan Hanfling, MD Dr. Hanfling’s areas of expertise include biodefense and mass casualty management, catastrophic disaster response planning with particular emphasis on scarce resource allocation, and the nexus between healthcare system planning and emergency management. In addition to his hospital and EMS clinical responsibilities. He serves as a Medical Team Manager for the Fairfax County- based FEMA and USAID-sanctioned international urban search and rescue team (VATF-1, USA-1), and has responded to catastrophic disaster events across the globe.
Christina H. Hernon, MD Dr. Hernon’s was a volunteer physician at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Bombings, experiencing a bombing first-hand, and taking action on scene to care for others. She is currently developing the concepts of Immediate Responder and the Disaster Gap, as a direct result of these experiences.
Heng Jin, MD, PhD Dr. Jin is an exchange visitor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, funded by the program of the Chinese national key clinical specialist construction, focusing on learning the NDLS training course and disaster epidemiological study.
Frank J. Koza, BSME, MasterEng Mr. Koza has worked at PJM, a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity, for over 14 years, previously in charge of system operations. He is currently Executive Director of Infrastructure Planning and in charge of technical staff associated with generator interconnection and implementation of transmission enhancements. In addition, he is Chair of the NERC Geomagnetic Disturbance Standard Drafting Team and former Chair of the NERC Operating Reliability Subcommittee.
James J. James, MD, Dr.PH Dr. James is Editor-in-chief of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Previously he was Director of the American Medical Association (AMA) Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, which oversaw the development and deployment of the National Disaster Life Support suite of courses (over 110,000 medical and public health personnel trained) as well as other innovative mass casualty developments such as the Health Security Smart Card and the Citizen Ready preparedness and recovery training modules. Dr. James has served on many federal and private boards and committees in major policy and research functions in disaster medicine and public health.
Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH Dr. Kellermann is the Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, America’s Medical School, a unique university dedicated to educating future healthcare leaders for the US military health system and Public Health Service. He has many years’ of experience writing and speaking about global health, professional education and disaster medicine.
Amir Khorram-Manesh, MD, PhD Dr. Khorram-Manesh has extensive experience in working and teaching in the field of trauma and disaster medicine. His main focus for the last 10 years has been on natural and man-made disasters and major emergencies. He also works as regional medical and research advisor/consultant, having a duty to act as the medical decision-maker at the time of disaster/major incidents. I teach and educate doctors, nurses and people from other organizations in management of disasters and emergencies using blended learning and simulation.
Deborah H. Kim, MSN Ms. Kim is an experienced APRN with trauma, disaster and emergency management experience spanning over 40 years. She is also a BDLS/ADLS Instructor.
Tom Koch, PhD Dr. Koch is an adjunct professor of medical geography and a specialist in the role of mapping technologies in addressing both clinical and natural disasters. He is the author of numerous papers and books, including Cartographies of Disease, with an expanded edition appearing this year (2016), and Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground (2011).
Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, FIFEM Professor Koenig, an internationally recognized expert in Disaster Medicine, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Surge Capacity, and Crisis Care, is founding director of the UC Irvine Center for Disaster Medical Sciences. A Fulbright Scholar and Fellow, International Federation for Emergency Medicine, she published a definitive Disaster Medicine text, authored more than 115 peer-reviewed articles, and delivered nearly 500 lectures in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Koenig held a five-year appointment as VA’s National Emergency Management Director.
Daniel R. Lucey Daniel R. Lucey is a Senior Scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Dr. Lucey is an adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center and is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute. A physician trained in infectious diseases and public health, he has taught for 11 years at Georgetown on global emerging infectious diseases. he co-founded a graduate program on emerging infectious diseases and biohazardous threat agents at GUMC. He has traveled widely in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to exchange information regarding infectious diseases such as SARS, influenza, Nipah, HIV, anthrax, and MERS.
Charles L. Manto, MA Mr. Manto leads an SBIR contract for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on EMP-protected microgrids for military bases and institutions such as water utilities and hospitals because of potential nationwide power outages. He leads the feasibility study for DHS for on-site EMP-protected microgrids for hospitals. He produced a “ Power Grid Exercise” and related publications on and Mr. Manto holds six electromagnetic shielding or telecommunications patents and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.
David Marcozzi, MD Dr. Marcozzi held positions in emergency preparedness at HHS, and as Director of All Hazards Medical Preparedness Policy at the White House. A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he has mobilized four times since 2001 and is currently Deputy Surgeon in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. As a prior member of the National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Marcozzi responded to multiple disasters including the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
Jennifer L. Martin, JD, MA Ms. Martin is the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Baltimore City Health Department. She oversees and facilitates the emergency preparedness and response program within the agency.
Erin Noste, MD Dr. Noste is a dual fellowship trained in Operational and Disaster Medicine and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and is the Assistant Medical Director for Team Rubicon. She also has experience with WHO’s EMT accreditation process. In addition, Dr. Noste is in charge of Carolinas Medical Center’s Global Emergency Medicine Programs and serve as the Associate Fellowship Director for the Division of Operational and Disaster Medicine.
Kobi Peleg, MD, PhD Prof. Peleg is the Head of the Israeli National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research, the Gertner Institute, and Head of the Disaster Medicine Department & the Executive Master Program for Emergency Disaster Management, the School of Public Health, T-A University. He also leads research and education activities in fields of trauma, with interest in disasters, terror related injury & EMS. He is one of the UNDAC experts and a WHO consultant who has published over 120 articles.
Sally Jo Phillips, RN, PhD Dr. Phillips has been a Senior Nurse Scholar at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (AHRQ) in Rockville, Md., since 2001. She manages a portfolio ranging from bioterrorism preparedness to multidisciplinary safety education and related healthcare workforce initiatives. She was appointed Director of Bioterrorism Preparedness Research Program in 2002 and served in that capacity until July of 2010.
Anna Maria Pou, MD Dr. Pou has presented on the topic of disaster medicine and public health at multiple national conferences for the past nine years including JCAHO. She is Chair of the Trauma Committee at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She spear-headed model disaster medicine legislation that was passed into Louisiana law in August, 2008, that protects both healthcare providers and patients during declared disasters and cared for numerous patients during Hurricane Katrina.
Paul Reed, MD Dr. Reed currently holds the position of Director for Doctrine and Strategic Partnership for the Center for Global Health Engagement within the Department of Defense, and has extensive experience in humanitarian assistance and disaster response both domestically and internationally.
Michael J. Reilly, MD Dr. Reilly is Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at an accredited School of Medicine and Program in Public Health. He is an associate professor of environmental health sciences and clinical emergency medicine at New York Medical College and written numerous publications in the field of disaster and public health preparedness.
Lauren M. Sauer, Msc Ms. Sauer’s research focuses mainly on post-disaster and post-outbreak infrastructure, including the impact of disasters and outbreaks on healthcare systems, resource availability and access, and the impact of policy on preparedness and response capabilities. Much of her work is focused on the way policy, guidance and new science impacts disaster populations. She has focused on appropriateness of disaster response for affected populations to observe positive and negative effects of response strategies on outcomes.
Richard B. Schwartz, MD Dr. Schwartz is Professor and chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services at the Medical College of Georgia. As Residency Program Director, he developed tactical medicine training programs at local, state, and national levels. He completed emergency medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz is Senior Medical Editor of Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support courses sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Inc.
Sabrina Sholts, PhD Dr. Sabrina Sholts is a research anthropologist and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Sholts is also the director of the Smithsonian Institution Bio-Imaging Research Center whose mission is to increase and diffuse scientific knowledge through CT imaging and analysis. Using bones to study the effect of environmental contaminants on people, she and many collaborators are piecing together information about the different ways that our body responds to the chemicals around us.
Kelly Stanko, MD Dr. Stanko is an third year Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Toledo. Her interests include disaster medicine, wilderness medicine and public health. She serves on a team currently working with the WHO to certify the University’s residency program as an official Emergency Medical Team to be deployed to disasters around the world.
Ray Swienton, MD Dr. Swienton is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Emergency and Disaster Global Health at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is one of the original creators of the National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) series of courses, a senior textbook editor of Medical Response to Terrorism: Preparedness and Clinical Practice, and Tactical Emergency Medicine, current Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) Version 3.0 course, and vice chairman and founding board member of the NDLS Foundation, Inc.
Jessica E. Taaffe, Ph.D. Dr. Taaffee is a biomedical scientist and global health professional with 10+ years of research experience in the microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. I work for domestic and international multilateral organizations and on projects involving international development, global health and science policy, advocacy, and communication.
Jonah Thompson, NRP Mr. Thompson is a paramedic with over 20 years of experience including over a decade spent in developing nations, conflict/post-conflict, and disaster areas around the world. He deployed with Team Rubicon to the Philippine Islands in 2013 following Typhoon Haiyan; Nepal in 2015 after the earthquake, and recently completed the Clay Hunt Fellows Program where he provided direct support to the operation in Ecuador.
CAPT Rob Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA CAPT Tosatto has served as the Director of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) since 2003, and has worked with stakeholders at all levels (local, state, territory, region and nation) to fulfill the mission of the MRC program and promote the success of the MRC network. He is a principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and other ASPR leaders on civilian volunteers and their involvement in public health and emergency-related activities.
Juli Trtanj Juli Trtanj is the One Health Lead for NOAA, responsible for developing and implementing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Health Strategy across NOAA and with other federal, state, local and international Agencies, academic and private sector partners. She is leading the integration of extreme weather and climate science in the Climate Program. Initial efforts focus on building the National Integrated Heat Health Information System in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, FEMA, OSHA, NIOSH and other agencies. She coordinates the NOAA One Health Working Group and Ecological Forecasting Roadmap efforts focusing on health and climate. She also represents NOAA on the International Working Group of the US Group on Earth Observations, is the Integrated Information System for Health Lead for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is directly involved with the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners in the development of the Health Early Warning Systems, specifically for heat, cholera and other water-related illnesses.
Eric S. Weinstein, MD, MScDM, FACEP After earning the MScDM from the Università del Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy), Dr. Weinstein joined the UPO Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM). CRIMEDIM hosted the first European Emergency Medical Team Coordination Cell Training Course, developed by the EMT Secretariat at WHO global headquarters.