Irwin Redlener (born August 12, 1944) is a pediatrician and public health activist who specializes in health care for underserved children, health care reform, and disaster planning, response, and recovery. He is the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now (Knopf, 2006)
Redlener is president and co-founder (with singer song-writer Paul Simon) of Children's Health Fund (CHF), director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at The Earth Institute - Columbia University. and Professor of Health Policy & Management and Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center.
Redlener is a special advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with a focus on emergency management and planning to support and advise the administration's citywide disaster preparedness and response efforts.
Redlener was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944. He received his B.A. from Hofstra University in 1964 and his M.D. from the University of Miami in 1969. In 1971, while a pediatric resident at University of Colorado Medical Center, Redlener left his program to serve as a VISTA physician in Lee County, Ark. During this time, he met his wife, Karen, who was a fellow VISTA volunteer. The two have worked together since...
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