Attila Hertelendy

Attila Hertelendy

Attila Hertelendy

Developing multidisciplinary approaches to solving complex crisis
Adjunct Associate Professor
Environmental Health Sciences


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Dr. Hertelendy has over 28 years leadership experience as a hospital administrator and executive in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. His background is in emergency and disaster management. He is also the Director of the Middle East Hub for the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education. Dr. Hertelendy is an Associate Professor and teaches leadership and healthcare management in the Executive MBA program at Florida International University. He is working with healthcare organizations globally to improve crisis leadership and disaster management competencies and to provide practical guidance for healthcare executives in their efforts to decarbonize the healthcare sector. Dr. Hertelendy is also the Co-Research Director for the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital Dr. Hertelendy's research interests explore healthcare resiliency and the intersection between climate change, health and disaster medicine. He studies 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 the author of more than 85 published articles, in leading healthcare and management journals such as Harvard Business Review, numerous book chapters, and is the Guest Editor for the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Public Health, Associate Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is on the editorial boards of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. He is a frequent international keynote speaker on crisis leadership, disaster and emergency management, global health security and climate change.



PhD, 2010, University of Mississippi Medical Center
MS, 2006, University of Mississippi Medical Center
MHS, 2004, Charles Sturt University
BSc, 2000, Charles Sturt University

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor - Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Guest Editor - Public Health

Areas of Expertise

Health Informatics, Climate and Health, Global Health, Healthcare Insurance, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Reform, Epidemics, Physician Education, Public Health Education, Public Health Leadership and Management

Select Publications

Margus C, Brown N, Hertelendy AJ, Safferman MR, Hart A, Ciottone GR. Emergency physician Twitter use in the COVID-19 pandemic as a potential predictor of impending surge: Retrospective observational study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2021 Jul 14;23(7):e28615.
Hertelendy AJ, Howard C, de Almeida R, Charlesworth K, Maki L. Wildfires: A conflagration of climate-related impacts to health and health systems. Recommendations from 4 continents on how to manage climate-related planetary disasters. The Journal of Climate Change and Health. 2021 Oct;4:100054.
Tochkin, J., Richmond, J., & Hertelendy, A. (2022). Healthcare system leadership and climate change: five lessons for improving health systems resiliency. BMJ Leader.
Sriharan A, Hertelendy AJ, Banaszak-Holl J, Fleig-Palmer MM, Mitchell C, Nigam A, Gutberg J, Rapp DJ, Singer SJ. Public health and health sector crisis leadership during pandemics: a review of the medical and business literature. Medical Care Research and Review. 2022 Aug;79(4):475-86.
Hertelendy, A. J., Chekijian, S., McNulty, E., Mitchell, C. L., Grimes, J. O., Durneva, P., ... & Ciottone, G. R. (2022). Crisis leadership: a case for inclusion in accredited Master of Public Health program curricula. Public health, 209, 14-18.
Hertelendy AJ, Burkle FM, Ciottone GR. Canadian wildfires: a plague on societies well-being, inequities and cohesion. Prehospital and disaster medicine. 2022 Aug;37(4):429-30.
McNulty, E., Hertelendy, AJ, Gogalniceanu, P., Managing a Distributed Team Through Natural Disasters (And Other Crises). Harvard Business Review., Nov 3, 2021
Skinner R, Luther M, Hertelendy AJ, Khorram-Manesh A, Sørensen J, Goniewicz K, Ranse J. A literature review on the impact of wildfires on emergency departments: enhancing disaster preparedness. Prehospital and disaster medicine. 2022 Oct 1:1-8.
Hertelendy AJ, Gutberg J, Mitchell C, Gustavsson M, Rapp D, Mayo M, von Schreeb J. Mitigating Moral Distress in Leaders of Healthcare Organizations: A Scoping Review. Journal of Healthcare Management. 2022 Sep 1;67(5):380-402.
Peleg K, Bodas M, Hertelendy AJ, Kirsch TD. The COVID-19 pandemic challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for disaster planning. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2021 Mar 1;55:102103.

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