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Patrick Rose

Senior Analyst

Gryphon Scientific, LLC
Expertise: Understanding second-order effects resulting from all-hazards disasters, implementing mass casualty operations (e.g., crisis standards of care, crisis communication, and interoperable coordination) and on understanding operational constraints of a public health impact.

Patrick Rose holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology and currently serves as Director for Pandemic and Catastrophic Preparedness at the National Association for County and City Health Officials. Previously, Patrick Rose worked for Gryphon Scientific, where he assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in increasing its preparedness for all-hazards (including providing public health security training for national Incident Management Assistance Teams). One of his primary efforts is to address public health impacts whether as second-order effects from other disasters or resulting directly from catastrophic emerging infectious disease epidemics. Along these lines, Patrick supports efforts domestically and internationally in the field and at the policy level and assists with planning and preparedness efforts at the local, regional and national level to improve all-hazard response operations.

One of Dr. Rose’s main functions is to help reinforce existing preparedness capacity by providing training and conducting exercises to test real-world preparedness levels. The exercises range from discussion-based through full-scale exercises and focus on hospital preparedness, military-civilian coordination during mass casualty/medical surge scenarios, hospital evacuations following a direct disaster impact, and regional coordination following a mass casualty incident resulting from a Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear incident. One of his more recent efforts have been with the United States National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center to create a virtual training programs to increase proficiencies in disaster response operations

Dr. Rose holds a Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. For his efforts in addressing public health security issues, Dr. Rose was recently recognized as a Global Health Security Fellow through the ongoing efforts of the Global Health Security Agenda. In addition, Dr. Rose is an Alumnus of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative through the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mary Wakefield recently graduated from Saint Louis University’s College of Public Health and Social Justice with a Master of Public Health degree and concentration in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness. During this time she worked extensively on research and articles with Dr. Terri Rebmann, looking at biological event preparedness and training for Points of Dispensing, school nurses, and among child care facilities. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Ancient History from Western Washington University and has lived and taught in Florence, Italy, Queretaro, Mexico and Adana, Turkey. These experiences assist in the development and understanding of public health on a global and historical stage. Currently, she lives and works in Central Illinois.

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