Dr. Reilly is currently the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Reilly has 19 years of multidisciplinary experience in prehospital medicine, public safety, inter-governmental relations, public health, and emergency management. He has been published in the world’s leading disaster medicine and public health preparedness journals, and received international awards and recognition for his work on trauma systems and health systems in the context of disaster and public health preparedness. Dr. Reilly has contributed numerous textbook chapters in the field of disaster medicine and was named Editor-in-Chief by the National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium, for a new textbook and course on patient decontamination in the health care setting. Dr. Reilly is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and serves as the Guest Editor for the journal’s special issue on Hurricane Sandy. In 2011, Dr. Reilly co-authored a textbook titled Health Care Emergency Management: Principles and Practice by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, which is considered an industry leading text used at numerous colleges and universities across the country.
Dr. Reilly is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony, consultation, and subject matter expertise, for public health and health care system preparedness, emergency planning and response, and disaster drills and exercises. He has designed numerous educational curricula and training programs for public health, emergency management and public safety audiences at the professional and graduate levels. Dr. Reilly has been a Senior Lecturer for multiple Federal Agencies including (DOJ, DHS and OSHA). Additionally, he is an active member of several State and National committees on homeland security and emergency management programs. Additionally, Dr. Reilly is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers and remains active as a paramedic in the Metro New York City region.
He received his paramedic training and undergraduate education at Northeastern University. He earned his Masters of Public Health from Yale University and a doctorate in public health from New York Medical College.
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Areas of Expertise (7)
New York Medical College: DrPH, Public Health 2010
Yale University: M.P.H., Public Health 2004
Northeastern University: B.S., Health Science 2002
- American Public Health Associaiton
- World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine
- International Association of Emergency Managers
- National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
- Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
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Business Council of Westchester 2016 Rising Stars - 40 under 40
The Journal News online
Michael J. Reilly, Dr.PH, MPH, Director, Center for Disaster Medicine, New York Medical College, Institute of Public Health
The Buisiness Council of Westchester welcomes the 2016 class of Rising Stars "40 Under 40" at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Hurricane Sandy: Collection of Post-Disaster Studies Published by DMPHP Journal
Medical Xpress online
The Guest Editors for this special collection published as the June 2016 Special Issue no. 3 of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness are Michael J Reilly, Center for Disaster Medicine, New York Medical College; Linda C Degutis, The Avielle Foundation; and Stephen S Morse, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, with Eric G Carbone of CDC and Marcienne M Wright of ASPR also contributing an editorial.
Business Council of Westchester to Honor 2016 'Rising Stars'
The Business Journal online
The Business Council of Westchester will honor forty Westchester County professionals with the 2016 “Rising Stars” Award on Thursday, June 16.
Michael J. Reilly, DrPH, MPH Director, Center for Disaster Medicine, New York Medical College, Institute of Public Health
Business Council of Westchester names Rising Stars
The Journal News online
The Business Council of Westchester announced its 2016 class of Rising Stars, all of whom will be honored on June 16 during a reception at the council’s headquarters, at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook.
Michael J. Reilly, DrPH, MPH director, center for disaster medicine, New York Medical College, Institute of Public Health
Research Grants (2)
Impact of Health Department Worker Safety Training on Health Impacts after Sandy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) $561,054
A comprehensive field survey of 544 homeowners and volunteers who performed mold remediation activities and participated in NYC Department of Health sponsored worker safety training programs was conducted to determine possible exposures and health effects.
Metagenomic Approach to Fungal Exposure in NYC Homes Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) $60,296
Conduct e molecular fungal exposure assessment in homes where remediation was conducted by a home owner (n=30) and, among adults living in those homes, test for allergic sensitization to those fungal species identified as common in Hurricane Sandy damaged homes and use a metagenomic approach to more comprehensively examine fungal populations and diversity (i.e., expand testing for from 36 to thousands of species) before and after remediation and the association of these exposure with respiratory outcomes among asthmatic children living those homes (n=120 damaged homes and n=350 undamaged homes).
Articles (selected) (9)
Objective This study assessed disaster medicine knowledge and competence and perceived self-efficacy and motivation for disaster response among medical, nursing, and dental students.
Within hours after Hurricane Sandy's landfall, doctors and staff at one of New York City's premier medical centers realized that something was going terribly wrong. Lights were flickering, critical devices essential to life support for more than 200 patients, many in intensive care units, were malfunctioning. A decision had to be made by hospital leaders, senior public health officials, and emergency responders: tough it out in a hospital without power or attempt a perilous patient evacuation as an epic disaster unfolded...
While many hospitals have developed preliminary emergency department and in-patient surge plans, the ability to surge is often limited by critical resources. The resource which is often the most limited is usually the human resource and within this category the limiting factor is almost universally nursing. As a result, nursing shortages can result in an inability of a hospital or emergency department to create surge capacity to deal with large numbers of ill or injured patients. Utilizing paramedics in acute-care hospitals or at alternate care sites could serve as expansion staff to supplement existing nursing staff allowing fewer nurses to care for a larger numbers of patients during a disaster, act of terrorism, or public health emergency. While the procedures performed for nursing do vary from hospital to hospital, there are national certifications for both emergency nursing (CEN) and critical care nursing (CCRN) that can be used to establish a standard for comparison.
A prevalent assumption in hospital emergency preparedness planning is that patient arrival from a disaster scene will occur through a coordinated system of patient distribution based on the number of victims, capabilities of the receiving hospitals, and the nature and severity of illness or injury. In spite of the strength of the emergency medical services system, case reports in the literature and major incident after-action reports have shown that most patients who present at a health care facility after a disaster or other major emergency do not necessarily arrive via ambulance. If these reports of arrival of patients outside an organized emergency medical services system are accurate, then hospitals should be planning differently for the impact of an unorganized influx of patients on the health care system. Hospitals need to consider alternative patterns of patient referral, including the mass convergence of self-referred patients, when performing major incident planning.
Hospital plans often vary when it comes to the specific functional roles that are included in emergency and incident management positions. Bioterrorism coordinators and emergency managers for 31 hospitals in a seven-county region outside of a major metropolitan area, with urban, suburban, and rural demographics were surveyed to determine which specific functional roles were considered “essential” to their hospital's emergency operations plans. Furthermore, they were asked to estimate the percentage of their “essential” staff trained to perform the functional roles delineated in the hospital's plan. Responses were entered into a database and descriptive statistical computations were performed.
Numerous studies have suggested that emergency medical services (EMS) providers areill-prepared in the areas of training and equipment for response to events due to weapons of mass destruction(WMD) and other public health emergencies (epidemics, etc.)...
ABSTRACT: Disasters, whether resulting from terrorism or natural events, have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of children. Studies after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and countless reports on the impact of natural disasters on children show that a child's mental health can suffer from direct and indirect exposure to these events. Children may react to a disaster or act of terrorism in a variety of ways...
ABSTRACT: Over-triage of patients by emergency medical services (EMS) dispatch is thought to be an acceptable alternative to under-triage, which may delay how quickly life-saving care reaches a patient. Previous studies have looked at advanced life support (ALS) misutilization in urban- and county-based EMS systems and have attempted to analyze how dispatch methods either contribute to or alleviate this problem...
HYPOTHESIS: The public health system has a specialized body of knowledge and expertise in bioterrorism and public health emergency management that can assist in the development and delivery of continuing medical education programs to meet the needs of emergency medical service providers...