Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D

Academic Rank

Senior Associate

Department/Institute Affiliation(s)

Department of International Health, Center for Humanitarian Health

Jerome M. Hauer, has for four decades been a leader in emergency management and health and medical response in major and catastrophic incidents.  Dr. Hauer’s emphasis on the capability of countries to respond to the medical and public health impact of terrorist use of an improvised nuclear device (IND) is a synthesis of his work on massive transfusion, autologous blood transfusion, and coagulopathies in trauma and cardiac surgery.  As acting Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Hauer was responsible for coordinating the country’s medical and public preparedness and response to emergencies including, chemical, biological, and nuclear terrorism. Before his appointment as Acting Assistant Secretary in June, Dr. Hauer had served as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Hauer also served as senior advisor to the Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management during the events of September 11, 2001.

Dr. Hauer is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and is a member of the Board of Director of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

Before coming to HHS, Dr. Hauer was named by Mayor Rudolf Giuliani’s as New York City’s first Director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). New York became the first city to develop a bioterrorism response plan and to do large-scale bioterrorism exercises.  New York City, under Hauer’s leadership NY, pioneered surveillance systems for detecting unusual health events and the concept of the Points of Distribution, now used worldwide for mass distribution of medication.. 

He was on the Congressional Fire Caucus’ Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Committee as well as the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Advisory Council.  In 1990 and 1991, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Earthquake Consortium.

Most recently Hauer served as Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as well as Director of the Office of Counterterrorism.

In 1987, Hauer was named Deputy Director for Emergency Management for the City of New York’s Emergency Medical Services.

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, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force (C-BIRF

Dr. Hauer developed the first technique for re-infusing blood lost by patients following cardiac surgery while a graduate student at Johns Hopkins.  Upon graduation from Hopkins, he spent time at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit and was Associate Director of Transfusion Services and then joined Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as a Research Associate.  His research focused on auto-transfusion and coagulopathies in trauma and cardiac surgery.  Additionally, Dr. Hauer served on the faculty of the Northeastern University Paramedic Program He co-directed the first two postgraduate courses in Trauma Management at the Longwood Area Trauma Center of the Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hauer has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and was a member of the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team.  He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve attached to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

Dr.  Hauer has a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. Dr. Hauer did his doctoral research at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom/Cranfield University.  His dissertation, Emergency Medical Preparedness for Terrorist Use of an Improved Nuclear Device, remains classified.

Dr. Hauer is the recipient of numerous honors, including Outstanding Alumni of the Year from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU.

Dr. Hauer has written or coauthored forty-six (47) publications, three (3) books, and two (2) monographs.


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