Prof. Donald A. Donahue

Prof. Donald A. Donahue



Dr. Donald A. Donahue is professor of global health at University of Maryland Baltimore, a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and executive director of the Institute’s Center for Health Policy & Preparedness. Dr. Donahue’s previous experience includes as Professor and Program Chair for Healthcare Administration and Global Health with University of Maryland Global Campus, Deputy Surgeon (Plans and Fiscal Operations) for the U.S. Army Reserve, Board Chair for Melwood, a disability services agency, and an internal consultant and medical center department administrator for the New York City public hospital system. Dr. Donahue’s work has addressed primary care, behavioral, home, and workforce health, lobbying and consulting, hospital administration, global health security, and disaster preparedness and response. Lt. Col. Donahue was a charter member of the U.S. Department of Defense Vaccine Agency and a core planner for the DoD anthrax, smallpox, and military vaccine programs, as well as for readiness and force health protection initiatives for the Reserve Components.

His work has included designing, directing, and delivering education and training to military and civilian audiences in disaster preparedness and response, management of logistical support for the District of Columbia Strategic National Stockpile program, and analysis of legal sufficiency for non-pharmaceutical interventions (the CDC- ASTHO Social Distancing Law Project).

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Royal Society for Public Health, and University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness, he is a member of the boards of directors of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Team fEMR (a grass-roots non-profit that developed and fields an electronic medical record for austere environments), and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and has served as editor-at-large for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. He is a co-founder, director, and fellow of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe/International Commission on Disaster Medicine and the Co-Chair of the World Humanitarian Forum Medical and Health Programming Board.

Professor Donahue holds a BS (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of the State of New York, an MBA from Baruch College, an MS in Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a Doctorate in Health Education from A.T. Still University.