Senior Research Scholar, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP),
Columbia Climate School
Founding Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)
Director, Pandemic Resource and Recovery Initiative,
475 Riverside Drive Suite 401 New York, NY 10115-0095 USA
Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician, is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and response and is Director of the Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative (PRRI). He is a go-to resource for various media outlets including digital, print, and broadcast news sources providing insights about how institutions can best prepare for and respond to crises, evaluating our nation’s resiliency and readiness, and promoting best practices on managing recovery after a disaster. In addition to Dr. Redlener’s role as the Director of PRRI, he is a Public Health Analyst for MSNBC/NBC and is a columnist for The Daily Beast discussing COVID-19, public health, science, and policy. He is an expert in the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. He and his team have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems readiness with respect to disasters. He has written and spoken widely on the response to Hurricane Katrina, U.S. readiness for pandemics, and the concerns of children as potential targets of terrorism. Dr. Redlener has also had more than three decades of experience providing healthcare to medically underserved children in rural and urban communities throughout the U.S. As founder and president of the Children's Health Fund, he is a renowned advocate for access to healthcare for all children. Dr. Redlener served as a principal developer and president of the new Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. He has been a formal and informal adviser to the president and various cabinet members since 1993, over the last few years working with key members of the U.S. Congress on disaster preparedness and child health access. In 1993 & 1994, Dr. Redlener served as a special consultant to the National Health Reform Task Force for the Clinton White House. He has taught medical students in rural Honduras and has led or assisted in international disaster relief in Central America and Africa. Dr. Redlener has also created a series of direct medical relief programs and public health initiatives in the Gulf region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.