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Michael J. Reilly, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., NRP

Senior Fellow, Center for Disaster Medicine
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. Reilly is currently a Senior Fellow and the former Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and the New York State Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters at New York Medical College (NYMC). Dr. Reilly is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the School of Health Science and Practice. 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, where he remains an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Reilly has over 20 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, public health 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 2011, which is used in numerous colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Reilly is an expert in the areas of public health emergencies, disaster and first responder worker safety, and hazardous materials response and has served as a subject matter expert for OSHA on the development of a national training curriculum for healthcare workers in the area of patient decontamination from hazardous substances incidents at hospitals. Dr. Reilly has contributed numerous textbook chapters in the field of disaster medicine and public health preparedness. Dr. Reilly is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and served as the Guest Editor for the Journal’s CDC/ASPR/NIH joint sponsored special issue on the response to and public health impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Dr. Reilly is frequently called upon to provide expert consultation and subject matter expertise for public health and health care system preparedness, emergency planning and response, workforce training, 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 has served as a member of several State and National committees on emergency and disaster medicine, public health crisis response, and emergency management.

Reilly remains active as a paramedic in the Metro New York City region. Additionally, he maintains numerous specialty, technical certifications and instructor credentials in the areas of: Emergency medical services, operational medicine, hazardous materials, emergency management, occupational health and safety, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction preparedness and response.

Dr. Reilly received his paramedic training and undergraduate education at Northeastern University in Boston.  He earned his Masters of Public Health from Yale University and a doctorate in public health from New York Medical College.

Education Profile:

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


  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
  • Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH)
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

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
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Selected Bibliography:

Petkova EP, Beedasy J, Jeong EO, Sehnert EM, Tsai WY, and Michael J. Reilly. Long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy: evidence from a survey in New York City. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 23 August 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2017.57. PMID: 28831946 

Reilly MJ, Degutis LC and Morse SS. Investigating the Public Health Impact of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016;10(3):301-302. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2016.87

Ziedman DA, Singletary EM, DeBuck ED…Reilly MJ… and Woo JH. Part 9: First aid: 2015 International Consensus on First Aid Science with Treatment Recommendations. Resuscitation. 2015;Oct(95):e225-61. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.07.047. PMID: 26477426 

Ziedman DA, Singletary EM, DeBuck ED…Reilly MJ…and Woo JH. Part 9: First aid: 2015 International Consensus on First Aid Science with Treatment Recommendations. Circulation. 2015;Oct 20;132 (16 Suppl 1):S269-311. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000278. PMID: 26472857. 

Markenson D, Woolf S, Redlener I and Reilly M Disaster medicine and public health preparedness of health professions students: a multidisciplinary assessment of knowledge, confidence, and attitudes. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013;7(5):499-506. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2013.96. PMID: 24274129

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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