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Dan Hanfling

Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University, Center for Health Security, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Dan Hanfling, MD is a consultant on emergency preparedness, response and crisis management. He is a Contributing Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and adjunct faculty at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He served as principal advisor to the Inova Health System (Falls Church, VA) on matters related to emergency preparedness and response from 1996 to 2014, including direct contributions to the successful management of two inhalational anthrax cases in October 2001, a result of which was the creation of the hospital coalition concept, and the founding of one of the nation’s first healthcare coalitions, the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance in October 2002. His areas of expertise include biodefense and mass casualty management, catastrophic disaster response planning with particular emphasis on scarce resource allocation, and the nexus between healthcare system planning and emergency management. He is the Operational Medical Director for a helicopter EMS service with 6 aircraft servicing northern Virginia and Baltimore. He serves as a Medical Team Manager for the Fairfax County based FEMA and USAID sanctioned international urban search and rescue team (VATF-1, USA-1), and has responded to catastrophic disaster events across the globe. Dr. Hanfling has been invited to direct a number of key projects related to preparedness efforts. He served as Vice Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Institute on Medicine Committee on Establishing Guidelines for Standards of Care During Disasters and served as editor for three landmark reports published by the Institute of Medicine (National Academies). He helped lead a Booz Allen Hamilton consulting project for the Veterans Health Administration focused on healthcare facility emergency management. He convened an ad hoc task force and served as lead editor for the HHS/ASPR development of hospital guidance for Ebola Virus Disease. He is chair of the healthcare delivery taskforce of the CDC-directed National Health Security Preparedness Index project. He is author and co-author of numerous articles focused on preparedness and response, and consults to ASPR, CDC, DHS and the VA on such matters. Dr. Hanfling received his undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University, and completed his medical degree at Brown University. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University. He completed his emergency medicine training at the combined George Washington and Georgetown University residency program.

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