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Irwin Redlener

Professor of Health Policy and Management (In Earth Institute)

Professor of Pediatrics (in Earth Institute), College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Director, Earth Institute, Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience

Dr. Irwin Redlener is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and 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 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.
Education & Training:

    Other, 2001, Hunter College, CUNY

    MD, 1969, University of Miami

    BA, 1964, Hofstra University


University Affiliations:

Additional Affiliations:

  • Commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters
Honors and Awards:
  • Sabin Humanitarian Award, 2003
  • Louis Z. Cooper Award for Child Advocacy, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003
  • President's Certificate for Outstanding Service, The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000
  • Robin Hood Foundation Hero of the Year Award, 1996 & 1990
  • National Health Service Corps Director's Award, 1996
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Founding Editorial Board Member, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (AMA)
New York City
    President, The Children's Health Fund

    Childhood Asthma Initiative

    Starting Right
    A program designed to enhance identification of children at risk of diabetes type 2, providing a wide-range of services to these children and their families. Services include clinical intervention and screening, nutrition counseling and related issues.

Selected Publications:
  • Irwin Redlener, MD Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now Alfred Knopf US 2006
  • The Atlas of American Children 2004
  • HM Wallace, G Green, KJ Jaros, eds Health and Welfare for Families in the 21st Century Jones and Bartlett London/UK 469-480 2003
  • Drezner, McLean, Bowen, Rowe, Sherman, Coutrier, Redlener, K., Redlener, I. Asthma Among Homeless Children: Undercounting and Undertreating the Underserved Archives Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 158 1-6 2004
  • Redlener, I., Markenson, D Disaster and Terrorism Preparedness: What Pediatricians Need To Know Advances in Pediatrics 50 1-36 2003
  • Redlener, I., Grant, R The 9/11 Terrorist Attack: Emotional Consequences Persist for Children and their Families Contemporary Pediatrics September 2002
  • Redlener, I. Access Denied: Taking Action for Medically Underserved Children Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine: A Journal of Urban Health 75(4) 724-731 1998
  • Horowitz, S. V., Boardman, S.K., Redlener, I Constructive Conflict Management and Coping in Homeless Children and Adolescents Journal of Social Issues 50(1) 1994
  • Redlener, I., Redlener, K System-Based Mobile Primary Pediatric Care for Homeless Children: The Anatomy of A Working Program Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine: A Journal of Urban Health 71(1) 49-57 1994
  • Redlener, I., Karich, K The Homeless Child Health Care Inventory: Assessing the Efficacy of Linkages to Primary Care Bulletin of New York Academy of Medicine: A Journal of Urban Health 71(1) 37-48 1994

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