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Michael J. Reilly, Dr.P.H. M.P.H. NREMT-P, CEM

Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science, School of Health Sciences and Practice
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine 


Center for Disaster Medicine
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595

Email: Michael_Reilly@nymc.edu

Phone: (914) 594-1750

Professional Interests:

Dr. Michael Reilly is currently the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and associate professor of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine at New York Medical College. Additionally, Dr. Reilly is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Formerly, Dr. Reilly served as the Director of the Division of Planning and Response, at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Reilly has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in prehospital medicine, public safety, inter-governmental relations, public health, and emergency management. He has been published in the world’s leading disaster medicine and public health preparedness journals, and received international awards and recognition for his work on trauma systems and health systems in the context of disaster and public health preparedness. Dr. Reilly is an internationally recognized expert and author in the areas of emergency medical services, and health system preparedness and response, with direct experience in responding to mass casualty events and public health emergencies. Dr. Reilly co-authored a textbook titled Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice by Jones and Bartlett Publishers in 2010, which is used in numerous colleges and universities across the country.

Dr. Reilly is an expert in the areas of hazardous materials response and disaster site worker safety and has consulted with OSHA on the development of a national training curriculum in this area, as well as in the area of patient decontamination from hazardous substances incidents at hospitals. Dr. Reilly contributed the “Chemical Disasters” chapter in the new Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) curriculum and was named Editor-in-Chief by the American Medical Association’s, National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium, for a new textbook and course on patient decontamination in the health care setting. Dr. Reilly is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Reilly is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony, consultation, and subject matter expertise, for public health and health care system preparedness, emergency planning and response, and disaster drills and exercises. He has designed numerous educational curricula and training programs for public health, emergency management and public safety audiences at the professional and graduate levels. Dr. Reilly has been a Senior Lecturer for multiple Federal Agencies including (DOJ, DHS and OSHA). Additionally, he is an active member of several State and National committees on homeland security and emergency management programs.

Education Profile:

♦ Dr.P.H., 2010, New York Medical College
♦ M.P.H., 2004, Yale University
♦ B.S., 2002, Northeastern University


  • American Public Health Association
  • World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine
  • International Association of Emergency Managers
  • National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Honors and Awards:

  • Yale School of Public Health, Jan A.J. Stolwijk Fellow in Environmental Health Science, 2003
  • 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine, Excellent Poster Award, 2006
  • Emergency Medical Services Excellence Award, 2011; 2012
  • American Red Cross, Certificate of Appreciation, 2005
  • NYMC, Student Appreciation Recognition, 2008

Industry Expertise:

  • Public Safety
  • Research
  • Safety
  • Health Care - Services
  • Medical/Dental Practice
  • Government Administration
  • Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise:

Healthcare Emergency Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Research, Public Health, Emergency Response to Disasters Terrorism and Public Health Emergencies
Media Appearances:
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Selected Bibliography:

Redlener I and Reilly MJ. Lessons from Sandy-Preparing Health Systems for Future Disasters. New England Journal of Medicine 367(24) 2269-2271 2013

Swienton R, Subbarao I, and Markenson D Basic Disaster Life Support Course Manual, 3rd ed. American Medical Association Chicago, IL 8:1-8:42 2012

Reilly MJ and Markenson D. Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice Jones and Bartlett Sudbury, MA 2011

Reilly MJ and Markenson D Referral Patterns of Patients During a Disaster: Who is coming through your hospital doors? Disaster Med Public Health Prep 4(3) 226-31 2010

Murthy P and Smith L Women's Global Health and Human Rights Jones and Bartlett Sudbury, MA 25-36 2009

Reilly MJ and Markenson D Utilizing Paramedics for In-patient Critical Care Surge Capacity American Journal of Disaster Medicine 5(2) 163-168 2010

Reilly MJ and Markenson D Hospital Workers: Who are Essential Personnel during a Disaster? Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 24(3) 239-245 2009

Reilly MJ, Markenson D and Dimaggio C Comfort Level of EMS Providers in Responding to WMD Events: Impact of Training and Equipment Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 22(4) 297-303 2007

Madrid PA, Grant R, Reilly MJ and Redlener N. Hurricane Katrina and Children: Identifying Needs and Building Resiliency Pediatrics 117 448-453 2006

Reilly MJ Accuracy of a Priority Medical Dispatch System in Dispatching Cardiac Emergencies in a Suburban Community Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 21(2) 77-81 2006

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