Robert Bristow, MD, MPH

Campus Affiliation
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Areas of Interest
Disaster Preparedness
International Emergency Medicine Training

Dr. Bristow is the Medical Director of Emergency Management for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Director of Disaster Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a faculty member of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He works collaboratively with The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Greater New York Hospital Association, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Dr. Bristow has extensive national and international experience in emergency management and work closely with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has provided emergency medical care in the war torn countries of El Salvador, Rwanda, Russia (Chechnya), and Kosovo. He worked in Gujarat, India after the 2001 earthquake in Bhuj; in Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami; in the Gulf states in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina; and in Haiti in 2010 after the devastating earthquake. He is currently involved in systems development and capacity building in emergency medicine and management in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, and Montenegro.

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