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NYMC Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters Receives $250,000 in Funding

The funding will support the Center’s emergency preparedness training and expand the facilities.

October 18, 2021
CDM press conference

“Today we are here to acknowledge and give thanks to the state legislature for an additional appropriation to make the first step in becoming a national center for disaster medicine,” said Salomon Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D., vice president for research at NYMC, and senior vice president for research affairs for the Touro College and University System (TCUS).

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, moderated the event and thanked Assemblyman Abinanti, for his longstanding supporting of NYMC and the Center. “Tom has been our advocate from his days as a county legislator, and now in his role as our assembly member, supporting us in the area of disaster medicine,” Dr. Amler said. 

Assemblyman Abinanti spoke on the progress he has seen at NYMC and the CDM and reinforced how vital the research and training conducted by the Center has been. “For the past 15 years, this Center has been unique in the role of conducting interdisciplinary research, training, technical assistance and educational activities all related to emergency preparedness,” he said. “To see how far NYMC has come is amazing.”

David S. Markenson M.D., M.B.A., medical director of the CDM, highlighted the impact the Center has had on regional emergency preparedness and how new facilities are needed to facilitate the increased demands for the Center’s services.

“The Center has had a platform to prepare for all hazards. To be creative, to be forward-thinking, whether it’s training hospitals for mass casualties, but not training them in the standard approach, but rather breaking down the standard approach and saying, nice, orderly arrival isn’t what happens. We have chaos at the scene.” Dr. Markenson said. “Another training the Center does in economic development is not only to prepare businesses but talk about continuing operations and how they can continue to operate through these events.”

Richard G. Wishnie, commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, gave his vision for the CDM as not only a prominent center for research in New York but throughout the country. “We believe that an expanded mission for the Center will make it a national attraction that requires a modern facility,” he said.  

A tour of the CDM facilities rounded out the day.

Photo from left: New York State Assemblymember Thomas J. Abinanti; Richard G. Wishnie, commissioner, Westchester County Department of Emergency Services; Saloman Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D., vice president for research at NYMC and senior vice president for research affairs for Touro College and University System; David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A., medical director of the CDM; Renee Garrick, M.D., vice dean and chief medical officer for Westchester Medical Center and professor of clinical medicine; and Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC.

NYMC Center for Disaster Medicine Press Conference, October 2021