Robert W. Amler, M.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences and Practice
Robert W. Amler, MD is Vice President for Government Affairs at New York Medical College and Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health. He is Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics, and Environmental Health Science. He has helped New York Medical College strengthen relationships with government and other external partners at the local, state, and federal levels. As dean, he has presided over substantial financial and academic improvements—reorganizing the academic structure, launching a new doctoral program, launching high-quality distance degree programs, expanding research, and inaugurating new centers of excellence. He cultivated a vibrant outreach program, linking 30 community organizations, to serve a diverse catchment area. He appointed nine local health commissioners/directors to the Public Health Practice Council which integrates curriculum development with evolving needed competencies in the health workforce.
Dr. Amler was appointed by New York’s governor to chair the regional advisory council for the Berger Commission on hospital and long-term care utilization. He serves on the EPA federal advisory committee for children’s health protection, and has consulted for academic medical centers on clinical research support, graduate medical education, regional service integration, and disaster preparedness.
Dr. Amler previously was Regional Health Administrator, US Dept of Health and Human Services, where he secured supplemental SCHIP funding for Medicaid programs. He oversaw hospital emergency preparedness and directed federal medical emergency assets during heightened external threats to the region. As chief medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), he coordinated medical monitoring for anthrax response teams, launched a nationwide program to protect children from chemical hazards, established standardized environmental biomarkers, and created a nationwide clinical network (Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units, PEHSU) that has since expanded to several other countries. He led CDC’s development of the evidence-based risk models for Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) that underlie standards used today by government, military, and industry.
A practicing physician, Dr. Amler is a graduate of Dartmouth College, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, with residencies at Bellevue and at St. Lukes–Roosevelt. He is a Board member of the Westchester County Association, Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy, and Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation; Fellow and former Chapter President of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and New York Academy of Medicine. He was his medical school’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2005 and Keynote Lecturer in 2011.
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