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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ASPR Leadership Biographies

Robert Kadlec, M.D., MTM&H, M.S.,
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Robert Kadlec is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The ASPR serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on matters related to public health emergencies, including bioterrorism. The office leads the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of manmade and naturally occurring disasters and public health emergencies. As such, the office coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies.
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ASPR Deputy Assistant Secretaries

Kevin Yeskey, Principal Deputy Assistant  Secretary for Preparedness  and Response     Rick Bright, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for  Preparedness and Response and Director of Biomedical  Advanced Research and  Development Authority    Edward J. Gabriel,  M.P.A., EMT-P, CEM, CBCP, Deputy Assistant Secretary  for Incident Command  and Control



  • This page last reviewed: January 16, 2019