Interim Director and Medical Director
Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters
Center for Disaster Medicine
New York Medical College
7 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Dr. David Markenson is the interim director and medical director for the New York Medical College Center for Disaster Medicine., the Center he co-founded in 2005 and for which he served as the initial director. Dr. Markenson serves as the chair of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross and he chairs 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 for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, the premier Medline indexed journal in the field of disaster medicine.
Dr. Markenson is internationally recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in disaster medicine, with considerable bona fides that well precede the attacks of September 11, 2001. His publications in numerous peer-reviewed articles, monographs and books in the field include national-consensus practice guidelines. He has served on numerous local, national and international committees and councils over a 25-year period. Dr. Markenson has an extensive career in pediatrics, disaster medicine, emergency management, operational medicine and public health. His recognized expertise is broad and includes disaster medicine, health system preparedness and education, public health preparedness and operational medicine with unique expertise in the areas of pediatric considerations, health care planning and education and planning for persons with disabilities.
Until this past May, he served as division vice president for graduate medical education for the Continental and Mountain Divisions, Hospital Corporation of America Physician Services Group. Prior to that he was the chief medical officer at Sky Ridge Medical Center. When he was previously based at NYMC in Valhalla he also served as the medical director for Disaster Medicine and Regional Emergency Services and as director Partnership for Patients, Quality Data and Special Projects at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Markenson is currently the treasurer and on the board of directors of the Colorado state medical society.
Dr. Markenson received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Following medical school, he completed a residency in general pediatrics followed by fellowship training in both pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care. His career has been dedicated to improving hospital and health system quality, improving the approach to pediatric care, disaster medicine and healthcare emergency management and advancing EMS and emergency medicine. He has been the principal investigator on multiple federal grants, authored more than 50 articles and given more than 150 presentations.