Date & Time: April 1 11:00am – 11:45am
Location: Virtual

A COVID discussion focusing on the past, present and future presented by Adelphi’s disaster epidemiologist and clinical associate professor K.C. Rondello.

This session applies lessons learned from the COVID-19 experience to answer three essential questions:

  1. How did we get here?
  2. Where are we today?
  3. What can we expect tomorrow?

Using current best evidence, this synopsis will encapsulate the essentials of what this once-in-a-lifetime event taught us and focus on implications for what comes next, both with this ever-evolving pathogen and possible future threats yet to be discovered.

Presented by K.C. Rondello, MD, Adelphi’s disaster epidemiologist and clinical associate professor.

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K.C. Rondello

About the Speaker

K.C. Rondello, MD, MPH, CEM

Dr. K.C. Rondello serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health & Emergency Management and Special Advisor to the Office of Health and Wellness at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. He co- developed one of the nation’s first graduate programs of Emergency Management in 2003 and was instrumental in the genesis of Adelphi’s Division of Public Health in 2010. Prior to coming to Adelphi, Dr. Rondello served as the Director of Saint Barnabas Health Care System’s Center for Healthcare Preparedness, a HRSA-funded institute established to advance education and research in the field of medical disaster readiness.

Dr. Rondello served as a Disaster Epidemiologist in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System for two decades. Assigned to the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NY- 2) and the Multi-Specialty Enhancement Team (MSET), he was deployed to regions of the country overwhelmed by disaster to provide critical emergency medical and public health support. More recently, Dr. Rondello has been deeply engaged in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing guidance and consultation to multiple institutions of higher education, not-for-profit and private businesses, and federal and regional government agencies. Dr. Rondello has served as a public health subject matter expert to a multitude of national media organizations, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, USA TODAY, Newsday, NBC New York, and CBS New York.

Dr. Rondello has participated in several dozen international medical and public health service missions across West Africa, North, Central, and South America, and Asia through partnerships with NGOs including ProWorld, GoEco, Globe Aware, IVHQ, Maximo Nivel, and the Yale Alumni Service Corps. Dr. Rondello has received several prestigious awards for his outstanding volunteer contributions, including the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation’s Gold Service Award and Adelphi University’s Excellence in Faculty Service Award.

Dr. Rondello has been a Trustee of the Hunterdon Healthcare System in Hunterdon County, New Jersey since 2016. In 2023, he was named Vice Chairman of the Board. He holds various positions within Hunterdon Healthcare, including being a member of the Board of Directors of Hunterdon Healthcare Partners (an Independent Practice Association) and serving as the Chair of the Compensation and Performance Committee, the Vice Chair of the Quality, Safety, and Experience Committee (QSEC), and the Vice Chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee (ERM).

Dr. Rondello’s scholarly research focuses on the application of disaster epidemiology to epidemic and pandemic planning and response. Publishing and presentation interests include the management of alternate medical treatment sites and pharmaceutical points of distribution. Dr. Rondello attended Trinity University (College of Arts and Sciences) and Yale University (School of Medicine) in the United States, and Saint George’s University (School of Medicine) in Grenada/United Kingdom. In 2013, Dr. Rondello earned the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential of the International Association of Emergency Managers. In recognition of his contributions to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Rondello was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2020.

This event is presented as part of National Public Health Week at Adelphi University.

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