Irwin Redlener

Irwin Redlener

Irwin Redlener

Pediatrics (in Earth Institute)


215 West 125th Street, Suite 303
New York NY 10027

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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.



Other, 2001, Hunter College, CUNY
MD, 1969, University of Miami
BA, 1964, Hofstra University

Editorial Boards

Founding Editorial Board Member, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (AMA)

Columbia Affiliations

Academic Appointments

Professor , Health Policy and Management (In Earth Institute)

Additional Affiliations

Commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters

Honors & 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

Areas of Expertise

Child Health and Development, 9/11, Bioterrorism, Conflict and War, Disaster Preparedness, Natural Disasters, Public Health Education, Climate and Health, Community Programs and Outreach, Homelessness, Healthcare Providers, Epidemics, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare Policy, Public Health Infrastructure, Underserved Populations, Uninsured, Poverty, Social Factors of Health

Select Urban Health Activities

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.

Select 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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