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Center for Disaster Medicine

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  • Founded: 2005
  • Purpose: To conduct interdisciplinary research, training, technical assistance, and educational activities related to emergency preparedness for disasters, terrorism, and public health emergencies.
  • Objectives:
    • To serve as a multidisciplinary academic resource
    • To facilitate emergency preparedness for the Hudson
    • Valley, including preparedness for special populations, including children, the disabled, and the elderly
    • To facilitate emergency health service delivery
  • Current research:
    • Preparedness for infants and children
    • Preparedness for people with disabilities
    • Preparedness for vulnerable populations
    • Suburban regional surge capacity issues
    • Emergency medical services disaster readiness
    • Public health system preparedness
    • Evidence-based benchmarks of preparedness
    • Disaster medicine training and education 

The Center for Disaster Medicine is on the cutting edge of disaster medicine. The Center conducts interdisciplinary research, training, technical assistance, and educational activities related to emergency preparedness for disasters, terrorism and public health emergencies. By training the responders, and by focusing on vulnerable populations, including children, the disabled, and the elderly, the Center fulfills a unique role in the region by serving as a multi-disciplinary academic resource on a diverse range of emergency preparedness issues.

As part of New York Medical College, the leading academic biomedical sciences institution and principal academic public health resource to all seven health departments in the Hudson Valley, the Center offers its specialized services and education to those involved with the response to disasters, terrorism and public health emergencies.

The Center serves as a multi-disciplinary academic resource on a wide range of emergency preparedness topics. We specialize in:

  • preparedness issues unique to New York's Hudson Valley region
  • preparedness for special populations including children, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The School of Health Sciences and Practice offers a Certificate Program in Emergency Preparedness. 

For more information about the Center for Disaster Medicine activities, research and educational programs, please contact:

David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, FCCM, FACEP, Interim Director at disaster_medicine@nymc.edu or call (914) 594-1750. 

Center For Disaster Medicine Faculty

Amler, Sherlita, MD, MS, FAAP
Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Health
Adjunct Professor of Public Health
BS, University of Texas, Arlington
MS, Arkansas State University
RN, Arkansas State University
MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Contreras, George W., MPH, MS
Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health
BA, New York University
MPH, Hunter College
MS, Iona College
Master Exercise Practitioner, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Management
Certified Emergency Manager, International Association of Emergency Managers

Doering, Garrett T., MS, CEM, MEP, CHSP
Fellow, Institute of Public Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health
AAS, Paul Smith's College
BS, Nyack College
MS, University of Maryland

Markenson, David S., MD, MBA
Interim Director and Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Health
AS, Nanjing Teachers College
BA, Union College
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MBA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Pohlman, Kevin, M.Ed
Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health
BA, State University of New York, Empire State College
M.Ed, Concordia University

Reilly, Michael J., DrPH, MPH, NREMT-P, CEM
Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health
AS, Northeastern University
BS, Northeastern University
MPH, Yale University School of Medicine
DrPH, New York Medical College