Don Donahue

Public Health – Disaster Medicine

Don Donahue Disaster MedicineDr. Donald Donahue JR., DHEd, MBA, FACHE, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), is as an Advisory Member to the American Academy of Disaster Medicine

The American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM) is a unique volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and educating physicians and healthcare professionals concerning the critical importance of disaster medicine preparedness.

AADM Advisory Members provide valuable recommendations, direction and guidance to the leadership of the academy. AADM Advisory Members are distinguished leaders with interest, knowledge and experience in disaster medicine and preparedness. Duties and responsibilities will include working with the academy to identify areas of importance to the citizens of the United States in effectively preparing physicians for future disasters. Don also coauthored the article “The All Needs Approach to Emergency Response,” published in the Feb. 2012 issue of Homeland Security Affairs.

With more than 30 years experience as a healthcare administrator in the military, government and private sectors, Dr. Donahue is a recognized expert in healthcare operations, medical readiness, medical and dental readiness, emergency preparedness, and bioterrorism. He applies an innovative approach to program development, operational analysis, and marketing solutions.

Dr. Donahue is a founding partner in Diogenec Group, a healthcare consultancy. He is a former Vice President for Department of Defense Programs with Comprehensive Health Services, a national workforce health management firm. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President with Jefferson Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. where he advised and assisted clients on a wide range of healthcare and policy issues, focusing on operations, information technology and business development.

Dr. Donahue served as the Deputy Surgeon for Policy and Fiscal Administration and the Medical Operations Officer for the Chief, Army Reserve. In this capacity, he was responsible for strategic planning, program development, and funding for medical operations within the Army Reserve and was the principal advisor for medical/dental readiness, policy, medical aspects of Homeland Security, and Bioterrorism issues.

Dr. Donahue was a principal planner for the Department of Defense (DoD) anthrax and smallpox immunization programs. He authored the first Joint Forces Command model for medical response to domestic weapons of mass destruction incidents and natural disasters and created the Joint/Interagency Civil Support Training Center (JISCTC) at Fort Dix, NJ, designed to provide training to DoD, VA, and other Federal departments in medical aspects of homeland security and weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Donahue designed and established the Federal Strategic Health Alliance (FEDS_HEAL), a $100 million medical and dental readiness support system comprised of Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) and provide providers, serving 1.3 million Reserve Component members.

Dr. Donahue conceptualized and launched implementation of the organizational redesign of Army Reserve medical structure and creation of the Army Reserve Medical Command (AR-MEDCOM). He has served as Army Reserve principle for implementation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and established Army Reserve Physician Assistant Training Program. A recognized expert in medical/dental readiness and homeland security medical operations, Dr. Donahue was a charter member of the DoD Reserve Health Summit, Reserve Medical Readiness and Integration Workgroup, and Dental Readiness Workgroup.

Recognition for programs established by Dr. Donahue includes the Hammer Award for Reinventing Government and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Award for Contracting Excellence. In February 2004, Dr. Donahue was selected as one of Fast Company magazine’s “Fast 50,” recognizing innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, seven awards of the Army Commendation Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and numerous other awards and decorations.

Previous positions held by Dr. Donahue include Senior Marketing Manager for Merit Behavioral Care Corporation (now Magellan Health Services), a leading behavioral managed care company, emergency department administrator for two New York City hospitals, and corporate consultant for emergency department operations for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the city’s municipal hospital system.

Certified in healthcare administration and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Center for National Preparednesss of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Donahue holds a BS in Sociology and Political Science from the University of the State of New York, an MBA from Baruch College, and a Doctorate in Health Education (DHEd) from A.T. Still University. Dr. Donahue is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Maryland University College and has served as a instructor for healthcare administration at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn.


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