Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s true innovators in public safety, emergency management, medical and public health planning and response to emergencies, disasters and terrorism. 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, serves as the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism and Chair’s both the Disaster Preparedness Commission and the Executive Committee on Counterterrorism.
Dr. Hauer has a long record of innovative firsts in the areas of homeland security, emergency management and medical/public health planning.
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, 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. Prior to his appointment as Acting Assistant Secretary, Hauer served as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. Hauer also served as senior advisor to the Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management during the events of September 11, 2001, and the nation’s anthrax crisis.
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 and to do large-scale bioterrorism exercises. Hauer and his staff in New York City also developed the concept of Points of Distribution or PODs, which is now used worldwide and 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. During his tenure, Dr. Hauer convinced the Indiana State legislature to merge the State Emergency Management Agency with Emergency Medical Services Commission, the first State in the nation to bring these two agencies together to improve response and coordination in larger incidents in the emergency care of victims.
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 Dr. Hauer earned him the International Film and TV Critics of New York Bronze Award in 1986.
Additionally, Dr. Hauer served as the Director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at The George Washington University; where he was appointed as the institute’s first director to work with the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate and deliver first responder, medical and public health training for the National Capital Region (NCR) and was an assistant professor in the School of Public Health & Health Services and the School of Medicine. He also was an advisor to the Columbia University’s School of Public Health, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Stanford School of Medicine.
Dr. Hauer 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). He assisted the governments of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in preparing for the 2000 Olympics. He was also selected as one of six people 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.
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.
Dr. Hauer was awarded a Ph.D. from Cranfield University, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom in 2012. He holds 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.