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Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A.

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A. headshotVice President for Government Affairs
Dean and Professor of Public Health
Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health Sciences

Email: robert_amler@nymc.edu
Phone: (914) 594-4531 

Prior to NYMC, Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., served as regional health administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and commanding officer of federal emergency response assets in the Northeast and Caribbean Region. He completed residencies at Bellevue Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The CDC selected Dr. Amler for the Epidemic Intelligence Service during the campaign to eliminate measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC later selected him for its collaboration with former President Jimmy Carter, in which Dr. Amler’s meta-analysis across 17 medical disciplines formed the database for a desktop health risk assessment utility that became an industry standard for worksite wellness programs in private and public sectors. As chief medical officer of the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Dr. Amler conceptualized and secured Congressional funding for the nationwide network of Pediatric Environmental Specialty Units that clinically manage children’s exposures to toxic substances. 

Dr. Amler joined NYMC in 2005 and launched new career-enhancing offerings in health education, industrial hygiene, and other specialties as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Public Health Degrees. He expanded teaching faculty and facilities in physical therapy and speech-language pathology. He launched the interdisciplinary Institute of Public Health with centers of excellence in Disability and Health, Disaster Medicine, Children’s Environmental Health, and Long-Term Care. He oversaw the faculty’s definitive analysis, for the CDC, of Superstorm Sandy’s adverse health effects in metro-New York and led an emergency medical flight mission to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastating landfall. He collaborated with the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) to enhance the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program. He instituted NYMC’s collaborative research data support program and secured government funding for the Women’s Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (WISE), Touro College of Dental Medicine, Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and BioInc@NYMC, the region’s first biotechnology incubator. 

Dr. Amler addressed tens of millions in the news media on health and safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and is a practicing pediatrician in environmental medicine at Boston Children’s Health Physicians. 


  • A.B., Dartmouth College
  • M.M.S., Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • M.D., Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • M.B.A., New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business


  • Edwin W. Crawford Award for Innovation, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Meritorious Service Medal, US Public Health Service
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Anthrax Investigation Recognition, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Doctor of Distinction, Westchester/Fairfield Business Journal, and Westchester Medical Society
  • The Responsible 100 – Most Outstanding Corporate Citizens, City, and State New York


  • Galvez M, Collins G, Amler RW, et. al. "Building New York State Centers of Excellence in Children's Environmental Health: A Replicable Model in a Time of Uncertainty." American journal of public health, 109(1), (2019) 108-112. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304742
  • Aelion CM, Airhihenbuwa CO, Alemagno S, et. al. "The US Cancer Moonshot initiative." The Lancet. Oncology, 17(5), (2016) e178-80. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30054-7
  • Dozor AJ, Amler RW. "Children's Environmental Health." The Journal of pediatrics, 162(1), (2013) 6-7.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.10.004
  • Paulson JA, Karr CJ, Seltzer JM, et. al. "Development of the pediatric environmental health specialty unit network in North America." American journal of public health, 99 Suppl 3(Suppl 3), (2009) S511-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.154641
  • Magdo HS, Forman J, Graber N, et. al. "Grand rounds: nephrotoxicity in a young child exposed to uranium from contaminated well water." Environmental health perspectives, 115(8), (2007) 1237-41.
  • Amler RW, Barone S Jr, Belger A, et. al. "Hershey Medical Center Technical Workshop Report: optimizing the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies for assessing neurodevelopmental effects from in utero chemical exposure." Neurotoxicology, 27(5), (2006) 861-74.
  • Brown RT, Amler RW, Freeman WS, et. al. "Treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: overview of the evidence." Pediatrics, 115(6), (2005) e749-57.

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  • Regional Council Chair, State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, 2016
  • City & State Reports’ Responsible 100 Award
    Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, received a City & State Reports’ Responsible 100 Award, representing New York’s 100 most outstanding corporate citizens, at a luncheon at Hunter College on December 15. 2015-12-15
  • 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy
    Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A. received the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. He was recognized for his seminal role in pediatric epidemiology and children’s environmental health and outstanding contributions in advocating for children in communities across America and in other parts of the world. 2015-11-24
  • City & State Reports' Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs, was honored with a City & State Reports’ Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the health care, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals industries. He received the Chairman’s Award at an award ceremony at Hunter College highlighting socially responsible leaders across New York industry sectors in partnership with CUNY and Hunter College. 2015-09-17


  • Charter member, International Network on Children’s Health, Environment & Safety
  • Physician, Pediatric Environmental Medicine Service, Boston Children’s Health Physicians
  • Board member, Westchester County Association
  • Board member, Business Council of Westchester
  • Board member, Hudson Valley Economic Development Council
  • Fellow and former Chapter President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, Honorary Public Health Society Delta Omega
  • Awards Judge, Healthcare Heroes Annual Awards


  • Health Care in the United States, Public Health Today
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Public Health and Rehabilitative Therapies (Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Infectious Disease Control for Speech-Language Pathologists