Peter Marghella

Catastrophic Incident Response Planning – Medical and Public Health

Dr. Peter Marghella Catastrophic Incident Response Planning - Medical and Public Health Pietro (Peter) D. Marghella, DHSc., MSc., MA, CEM, FACCP, is a Keynote Speaker and Senior Partner with Disaster Preparedness Resources, Inc. (DPR).

He is also a Senior Consultant to Diogenec, is the President and CEO of Medical Planning Resources, Inc. (MPR).

Peter served for 20 years as a Medical Plans, Operations, and Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy, retiring as the Director of Medical Contingency Operations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

His previous assignments include Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Medical Plans and Intelligence for the US Pacific Command; and Chief of Medical Plans and Intelligence for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (including assignment as the Navy’s RED CELL Medical Officer).

He holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences from A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, and Master’s Degrees in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Peter was an Executive Fellow in the Inaugural Class of the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Disaster Management for Healthcare Organizations at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and an Adjunct Professor in the Healthcare Executive MBA program at the School of Business.

He has held appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Adjunct Instructor at the School of Public Health at Kent State University; Adjunct Faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health; Visiting Faculty at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Health Services Administration; and Adjunct Faculty for the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies.

Peter is credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) in the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and is a Fellow in the American College of Contingency Planners (FACCP), which he Co-Founded and served as its first President.

Peter has published numerous book chapters, monologues and articles on medical planning, incident management, and the role of health service support in complex emergencies and disasters. His national-level planning credentials include the authoring of the Nation’s first Catastrophic Incident Response Plan and the National Smallpox Response Plan.

He is a frequent speaker at national- and international-level conferences and symposia addressing catastrophic casualty events and the threats of terrorism, describing strategic initiatives for the medical and public health aspects of incident management. He and his wife, Zenaida, have three daughters (Desiree, Corinne and Amberly) and reside in Stafford, VA.