COLLEGE APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR DISASTER MEDICINE
Valhalla, N.Y., November 3, 2005 – David S. Markenson, M.D., has been named director of the new Center for Disaster Medicine at the New York Medical College School of Public Health. He will oversee the establishment of programs that address emergency preparedness in the Hudson Valley, the special needs of vulnerable populations such as the disabled and children in preparedness planning, training and response, and lessons learned from international collaborations.
Dr. Markenson, a board certified pediatrician who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care, has devoted his career to improving the methodology of approaches to pediatric care during widespread emergencies. He holds several federal grants concerning pediatric disaster medicine, and has directed curriculum projects and developed the first and only National Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Children to address their unique needs in times of disasters, terrorism and public health emergencies.
Prior to joining the faculty of New York Medical College as assistant professor of pediatrics and of public health, he was deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Dr. Markenson is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and holds leadership positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the National Association of EMS Physicians and the American Red Cross. He lectures widely and has authored several articles and books on pediatric care and pediatric emergency protocols.
A trained paramedic and a resident of New Rochelle, N.Y., Dr. Markenson received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and completed his residency at New York University School of Medicine.