Dr. Hertelendy has over 28 years leadership experience in emergency and disaster management including the development, implementation and evaluation of public health emergency plans. He has worked as a hospital administrator in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Canada and the USA with responsibilities that included the oversight of emergency and disaster management for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Hospitals and the American Hospital in Dubai. Dr. Hertelendy’s consultations have involved pandemic planning and response efforts related to H5N1, SARS, MERS and COVID 19.
Dr. Hertelendy is the Director of Research at the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. Dr. Hertelendy is an award-winning Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, College of Business and has a secondary appointment at the Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Hertelendy teaches Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Management of Healthcare in the Healthcare and Executive MBA programs. Dr. Hertelendy is also a Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches Public Health and Disaster Management in the international Executive Master’s in Emergency Management program. Dr. Hertelendy is the author of over 100 published articles, numerous book chapters, and is the associate editor for the Journal of Emergency Management, co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Emergency Services, Deputy Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is on the editorial bord for the Journal of Climate Change and Health. Dr. Hertelendy is a crisis leadership and health systems researcher. He studies healthcare resiliency and the intersection between climate change health, disaster medicine and technology. Research includes the health implications of climate change and how technology can be used to improve both the delivery and sustainability of healthcare during disasters.
He is a frequent international keynote speaker on leadership, crisis and emergency management, global health security and climate change. He has developed and validated over 100 plans, conducted and evaluated numerous disaster exercises, and facilitated over 150 seminars and workshops ranging in topics from leadership, crisis management, incident command training and business continuity planning worldwide for over 50 clients in healthcare, oil and gas, refinery and petrochemical industries, aviation, government, manufacturing, security services, heavy industry and technology.
Prior to joining the faculty at FIU he was an Assistant Professor and Director of Emergency Health Services at George Washington University, and former Dean at Colorado State University , Global Campus.