Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Don Donahue

Don Donahue is a professor of global health with the University of Maryland Baltimore. Professor Donahue holds concurrent appointments as faculty with the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Disaster Medicine Fellowship and as a senior researcher with Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria. He is a former professor and program chair for graduate healthcare administration and global health with the University of Maryland Global Campus, Deputy Surgeon (Plans and Fiscal Operations) for the US Army Reserve, and Board Chair for Melwood, a disability services agency. Dr. Donahue’s experience includes work in primary care, behavioral health, home health, workforce health, lobbying and consulting, and hospital administration, including corporate consulting and departmental leadership in major urban medical centers.

Lt. Col. Donahue was a core planner for the Department of Defense anthrax, smallpox, and military vaccine programs, as well as for readiness and force health protection initiatives for the Reserve Components. His work has included designing, directing, and delivering education and training to military and civilian audiences in disaster preparedness and response, management of logistical support for the District of Columbia Strategic National Stockpile program, and analysis of legal sufficiency for non-pharmaceutical interventions (the CDC-ASTHO Social Distancing Law Project).

Dr. Donahue is a senior fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Royal Society for Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness, a board member of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and Team fEMR. He is a founding director of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe/International Commission on Disaster Medicine.

Dr. Donahue has served as the editor-at-large for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. His academic credentials include a Doctor of Healthcare Administration from A.T. Still University, a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, a Master of Science in Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University, and Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Political Science from the University of the State of New York.