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Biography: Edward J. Gabriel, M.P.A., EMT-P, CEM, CBCP

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Mr. Gabriel is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In this role, he serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all matters pertaining to and in support of the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. Mr. Gabriel provides strategic oversight to the organization with an emphasis on enhancing state and local preparedness, policies and plans relating to public health and medical emergencies, emergency response operations, financial analysis and advanced development of and manufacturing of critical medical countermeasures for man-made and naturally occurring public health threats.

Prior to joining ASPR, he served as Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity, for The Walt Disney Company.  He was responsible for the development and implementation of global policy, planning, training and exercises to manage crisis, provided
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leadership and direction to east and west coast medical and emergency medical operations, the Walt Disney Studio's fire department and provided crisis support with global business units. During Crisis incidents his department managed response operations, communications methodology and disaster and business recovery.

Preceding this private sector position, Mr. Gabriel held positions in New York City. He was a twenty-six year Paramedic veteran of New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) retiring as an Assistant Chief/Division Commander. He was assigned to New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC*OEM) as Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness and was responsible for all preparedness and planning-related strategy, projects and initiatives until he retired from NYC Government.

Mr. Gabriel has served on several National Academy of Sciences - Institute of Medicine (NAS-IOM) committees including Chair of the Standing Committee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Health Threats Resilience, and IOM Committee on Crisis Standards of Care and the Disaster Resource Guide Editorial Board. He currently serves on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Advisory Council (NAC). Over the last decade he has served on a number of agency task forces, boards and committees including: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO), FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI/JTTF), National Defense Science Board, AOAC Scientific Association Dedicated to Analytical Science, New York City, Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO) , Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the Brain Trauma Foundation.

Mr. Gabriel lectured to international leaders at General George C. Marshall School of International Studies Program on Terrorism and Security Studies presenting on methodologies for crisis planning and preparedness. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally on crisis management, business continuity, emergency management, policy strategy, planning and preparedness, WMD, terrorism and emergency medical topics. He has published articles on related subjects and still actively participates on a number of national terrorism, all hazards preparedness and health related committees.

Mr. Gabriel is credentialed, through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and by the State of New York as a Paramedic (AEMT-P). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the College of New Rochelle and a Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) from Rutgers University.


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  • This page last reviewed: March 23, 2018