Irwin Redlener, M.D., is associate dean, professor of Clinical Public Health and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Redlener speaks and writes extensively on national disaster preparedness policies, pandemic influenza, the threat of terrorism in the U.S., the impact and consequences of major natural disasters and related issues.

Dr. Redlener is also president and co-founder of the Children's Health Fund and has expertise in health care systems, crisis response and public policy with respect to access to health care for underserved populations.

The NCDP runs one of the nation's largest programs for training public health workers in emergency preparedness. Other major initiatives focus on public health and preparedness strategies, trauma and resiliency, school-based preparedness and the special needs of children affected by mass casualty events. The Center also conducts extensive research in public opinion and attitudes regarding a wide range of issues pertaining to terrorism, megadisasters, personal preparedness and confidence in government to prevent or prepare for large-scale catastrophes. Center researchers have conducted ground-breaking studies on the effects of Hurricane Katrina upon children of the Gulf, the continuing long-range affects of 9/11 on children, emergency evacuation protocols, the ability and willingness of health care workers to report for duty in the event of terror attacks and the effectiveness of community-based preparedness programs.

Dr. Redlener, a pediatrician, has worked extensively in the Gulf region following hurricane Katrina where he helped establish on-going medical and public health programs. He also organized medical response teams in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and has had disaster management leadership experience internationally and nationally.

From 1986 to 1987, Dr. Redlener was Director of Grants and Medical Director of USA for Africa and Hands Across America. In his various professional capacities, Dr. Redlener has traveled in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Central America and has assisted relief efforts in Honduras, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and South Florida.

Dr. Redlener received his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and pediatric training at Babies Hospital of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, the University of Colorado Medical Center, and the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

He resides in New York and has three children and two grandchildren.

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