Disaster Resilience for America - April 26, 2016


On this edition of “Disaster Relief for America”, hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Dr. Mark Keim, the founder of DisasterDoc™, LLC.

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Keim_photo.jpgDr. Mark Keim is the founder of DisasterDoc™, LLC an international consultant and education firm located in Atlanta, GA.

In 2015, Mark retired from a career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as the Associate Director for Science in the Office for Environmental Health Emergencies.

In addition to his work as the CEO of DisasterDoc, Dr. Keim has been a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School, Disaster Medicine Fellowship over the past five years and this is his 8th year serving as guest faculty at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health.

Mark earned a BS degree in physiology at Southern Illinois University (SIU) and his MD at SIU School of Medicine. He is a residency-trained Emergency Medicine Specialist and a fellowship-trained Disaster Medicine Sub-specialist. He most recently earned an MBA degree at Emory University Goizueta School of Business in 2014.

Dr. Keim has provided consultation for the management of dozens of disasters, involving the health of literally millions of people throughout the world. Dr. Keim is the author of 46 scientific journal publications and 23 book chapters.

Mark twice received the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work as co-lead of the CDC emergency operations during the World Trade Center and Anthrax letter emergencies in 2001 and again as co-lead for Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

In 2005, he received the CDC Special Service Award for leading the US health response in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami. He also served as a review editor for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 2009-2011.

Dr. Keim served as a member of the White House Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction from 2006-2015. In March 2015, he was awarded the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award Certificate of Merit for the global impact of his work related to disaster risk reduction. In May 2015, he received the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2015 HealthCare Heroes Award for his work involving community outreach.

Mark is a peer review consultant for 21 scientific journals and serves on the editorial board of 4 scientific journals. His press interviews have appeared on CNN, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, The Lancet and Scientific American.

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Disaster Resilience for America showcases the efforts of all levels of government and critical infrastructure operators to make the nation safer in the face of man-made or natural threats. This show focuses on areas of interest including: disaster planning, preparation, response, recovery, security and technological innovations, and social media usage for emergency response.

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Tim Karney is the Editor of the All Hazards Emergency Network and was the Publisher of Emergency Management Magazine. He was also Publisher ofWashington Technology. Tim has developed the All Hazards Emergency Network to improve communication and collaboration across the entire spectrum of emergency management stakeholders.

Tom Moran serves as the Executive Director for the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) and was part of the foundational efforts, which lead to the AHC's incorporation in 2005. His role is to support the Board of Directors and the member states in the areas of strategy, operations, policy development, and integrated regional planning between states, federal agencies and private sector owner/operators.