Keynote Speakers

Stories from the Front Line: International Isolation and Quarantine

COL. Ted Cieslak, MD, FAAP, FIDSA

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health

A Pediatrician and Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Ted Cieslak currently serves as Associate Director of UNMC’s Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Epidemiology within the University’s College of Public Health and also serves as Co-Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

Dr. Cieslak is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is board-certified in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine. He is past president of the Armed Forces Infectious Disease Society (the military chapter of the IDSA), former Consultant to the Army Surgeon General on Biodefense, and former head of the US delegation to NATO’s Biomedical Advisory Council.


He recently retired from active duty after 30 years with the US Army, where his prominent assignments included: Chief of Operational Medicine at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID; 1996-2001); Chairman of the San Antonio Military Pediatric Center (2001-2006); Defense Department Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC; 2006-2010) and Chief Consultant to the Surgeon General (2010-2013).

He has deployed three times: In 1994, he was the senior physician in the Cuban refugee camps established in Panama; in 2004, he served a tour in Iraq, where he provided medical care to the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division; in 2014, he served as the medical advisor to Central Command’s forward element in Jordan. Additionally, COL Cieslak has worked on Pediatric nutrition projects in Honduras and on the Hepatitis A vaccine trial in Thailand. He has published approximately 90 papers and book chapters, principally in the field of Biodefense. His other areas of interest include Public Health, Immunization, Travel Medicine, Humanitarian Pediatrics, Animal Bites, and Adoption Medicine.

Crisis Standards of Care for Hospitals: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Emergency Physician

Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis

John Hick, MD

Dr. Hick is an emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, a Deputy EMS Medical Director and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness with Hennepin, he also has served IOM/NAM on their Crisis Standards of Care committees and on their Forum for Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies and is the lead editor for ASPR TRACIE

Rethinking Preparedness- How the Need for Resiliency is Redefining our Profession

Angela Devlen

Founder + CEO

Wakefield Brunswick

Angela has spent the past 25 years launching businesses and non-profits, building social enterprises in developing countries and responding to disasters. She currently operates Wakefield Brunswick, a healthcare consulting firm she founded in 2009. Angela has responded to nearly every major US disaster since 9/11 and currently advises the nation’s top healthcare organizations on risk and resiliency.

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