Head of School Chris Fortunato welcomed Richard Hunt ’70, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Senior Medical Advisor for National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, to a Head of School Roundtable on May 6. Nearly two dozen students and faculty members signed in to the virtual event, during which they had the opportunity to engage in informal and personal conversation with Dr. Hunt, who is working at the highest levels of government amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Hunt’s expertise stems from his extensive experience as a board-certified emergency medicine physician and years of government service. From 2013 to 2015, he served on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House as Director for Medical Preparedness and Response Policy, during which he played a critical role in the response to the ebola outbreak. He also represented the NSC’s interests in developing the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, “A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury,” and he led the #StopTheBleed initiative.
Dr. Hunt served as a Distinguished Consultant and Director of the Division of Injury Response at the Center for Disease Control’s Injury Center prior to his appointment to the NSC. Earlier in his career, he was a professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, having chaired its Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee and served as liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Dr. Hunt is also past president of the National Association of EMS Physicians and former vice chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.