Jerome Hauer

Jerome M. Hauer is one of the nation’s best-known innovators in public safety, emergency management, medical and public health planning and response to emergencies disasters and terrorism.   He currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Teneo Risk, a global consulting company.  In November 2011 he was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.  As Commissioner, Hauer oversees The State Office of Emergency Management, The Office of Fire Prevention and Control, The Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, The Office of Cyber Security and serves as the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism. He served in that role until December 2014.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson named Hauer as the first Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in 2002.  During his tenure, Dr. Hauer was responsible for coordinating the country’s medical and public health preparedness and response to emergencies, including acts of biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism. He represented the Secretary in all areas of National Security. He advised the Secretary following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and during the Anthrax attacks in October 2001.

In 1996, Hauer was named first Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of New York by Mayor Rudolf Giuliani.  In this role, Dr. Hauer was charged with coordinating the city’s planning for and response to natural and man-made events, including acts of terrorism.  New York became the first city to develop a bioterrorism response plan. Hauer and his staff in New York City also developed the concept of Points of Distribution or PODs, which is now used worldwide and they developed the first public health surveillance system in the nation.

Hauer was appointed by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh in 1989 to serve as the Executive Director of the State of Indiana’s Emergency Management Agency and Director of the state’s Emergency Medical Services and its Department of Fire and Building Services.

In 1987, Hauer was named Deputy Director for Emergency Management for the City of New York’s Emergency Medical Services.  Four years earlier, Dr. Hauer joined the Biomedical Division of IBM as a clinical research coordinator, later taking responsibility for the company’s Hazardous Material Response, Crisis Management, Fire Safety and Emergency Medical Response Programs.  A series of hazardous materials training videos produced by Mr. Hauer earned him the International Film and TV Critics of New York Bronze Award in 1986.

Dr. Hauer is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and President of the Homeland Security Section of the Health Physics Society. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Evaluate R&D Needs for Improved Civilian Medical Response to Chemical or Biological Terrorism Incidents, as Consulting Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies-Center for Emerging Threat and Opportunities, the Board of Visitors National Interagency Civil-Military Institute, and was an advisor to the U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force (C-BIRF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee. He assisted the governments of New South Wales and Victoria in preparing for the 2000 Olympics. He was also selected as one of six scientists to brief President Clinton on biological terrorism and assisted in the World Health Organization’s rewrite of its 1970 monograph on chemical and biological weapons.

Dr. Hauer sits on the Board of Directors of Emergent BioSolutions, a multispecialty biopharmaceutical company where Chairs the Scientific Committee as well as being a member of the Strategic Operations and Compensation Committees. 

Hauer developed the first technique for re-infusing blood lost by patients      following cardiac surgery while a graduate student at Johns Hopkins. He served on the faculty of the Northeastern University Paramedic Program and was a teaching assistant in the physiology labs for first-and fourth-year students at Harvard Medical School.  Hauer has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

He earned his doctorate at Cranfield University, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom, has a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.    He has coauthored forty-six (46) publications, a book and two (2) monographs.


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