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Juan Pablo Sarmiento

Whether he is conducting research, co-authoring study reports, or teaching the next generation of disaster preparedness experts, Juan Pablo Sarmiento, MD, MPH puts his 30+ years of experience in the realm of disaster preparedness to good use.  Dr. Sarmiento, a medical doctor, surgeon, and public health professional, joined the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work as a Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department in the fall of 2012.  In addition to his work with the College, Dr. Sarmiento is also the Director of the Paul C. Bell Disaster Risk Management Program and Co-Director of the USAID-funded Disaster Risk Reduction Program at Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Sarmiento has extensive education and experience from a variety of appointments.  He worked in Colombia for the Civil Defense, Central Military Hospital, Ministry of Health, Colombian Red Cross, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He has worked as a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and as a member of United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.  For ten years he was Technical Manager of the regional risk management program that the International Resources Group (IRG) implemented in Latin American and the Caribbean for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).

His expertise in Disaster Preparedness led to his co-authoring of a World Health Organization sponsored study focusing on the public health response of the 2010 Haiti earthquake that revealed among other topics, the significant discrepancy between the official number of deaths reported and the scientific estimates, as well as health worker’s unfamiliarity of dealing with “crush syndrome,” the name given to the fatal renal failure people experience once they have been pulled from rubble.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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