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Who We Are

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David Samuel Markenson, M.D., M.B.A.
Director and Medical Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine

David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A., is director and medical director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC), which he co-founded in 2005. Dr. Markenson serves as national chair to the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross and chair of the Evidence Based Group for Health for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In addition to these roles, he serves as the deputy editor-in- chief of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, the premier Medline indexed journal in the field of disaster medicine. Over the course of his extensive career in pediatric emergency medicine and critical care, disaster medicine, emergency management, EMS and public health, Dr. Markenson has become an internationally recognized expert in all aspects of disaster medicine, public health preparedness and operational medicine—with a unique expertise in the areas of pediatric considerations, health care planning and education and planning for persons with disabilities.

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Kevin Pohlman

Kevin L. Pohlman, M.Ed., NRP, CCEMT-P, EMT-T, CHSE, CHSOS, NHDP-BC
Assistant Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
Assistant Professor, Institute for Public Health

Kevin Pohlman is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist, a Board-Certified Healthcare Disaster Professional, and has been involved in both Healthcare and Academia since 2001. He is also a Nationally-registered Paramedic with endorsements in Critical Care and Tactical Medicine, holds instructorships in numerous clinical certification programs, and is still working clinically as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic in the State of New Jersey. Professor Pohlman holds a faculty appointment from New York Medical College within the Institute of Public Health, as Assistant Professor.

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Dana M. Pagano
Administrator, Center for Disaster Medicine 

Joined New York Medical College in June of 2018 to provide administrative support and coordinate the daily operations of the Center for Disaster Medicine. She works closely with the director on budgeting and reporting as well as reconciles monthly expenses and grant purchases. Mrs. Pagano also organizes all activities for training programs including obtaining continuing education credits for the participants. In addition, she manages the Center’s social media platforms.

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George W. Contreras
Assistant Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
Assistant Professor, Institute for Public Health

George W. Contreras is a healthcare professional and established educator with over twenty-eight years of experience in the fields of emergency medical services, disaster management, public health, higher education, international disaster response, health services administration and consulting. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College, Assistant Professor at The Institute of Public Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Assistant Director of the Advanced Certificate in Emergency Management.  Prior to his current role, he served as tenured Associate Professor and Director of Allied Health at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, the largest urban public education system in the United States. Under his leadership, he created and implemented the first college-based paramedic program in Brooklyn, New York, which received national accreditation in March 2017- the highest honor for a college-based paramedic program, and the first associate-degree Polysomnographic Technology Program in New York City which also received initial national accreditation in July 2018.  He is also adjunct faculty at Metropolitan College of New York’s (MCNY) Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Emergency and Disaster Management since 2004.

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