Dr. Pietro (Peter) D. Marghella is a Professorial Lecturer in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He served on GOV Andrew Cuomo’s Cabinet as the Director of the New York State Office of Emergency Management. A retired Senior Officer in the U.S. Navy, Peter has served as Medical Plans and Response Advisor to the President of the United States aboard the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) (“Night Watch”); Director of Medical Contingency Operations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has completed graduate programs at A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, Harvard University, the U.S. Naval War College, and Central Michigan University His national-level planning credentials include the authoring of the Nation’s first Catastrophic Incident Response Plan (Response to Domestic Nuclear Terrorism), the National Smallpox Response Plan, the CDC’s National Operations Plan for Pandemic Influenza and the National Security Council’s Federal Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza.