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Dan Hanfling, MD

Contributing Scholar

Expertise: Medical Mass Casualty Response

Professional Profile

Dr. Hanfling is a Contributing Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity . He is also Special Advisor to the Inova Health System in Falls Church, Virginia, on matters related to emergency preparedness and disaster response. He is a board-certified emergency physician practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital, northern Virginia’s Level I trauma center. He has responsibilities as Operational Medical Director for PHI Air Medical Group—Virginia, the largest private rotor-wing air medevac service in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and as a Medical Team Manager for Virginia Task Force One, a FEMA- and USAID-sanctioned international urban search and rescue team.

Dr. Hanfling has been involved in the responses to international and domestic disaster events, including the Izmit, Turkey, earthquake in 1999; the attack on the Pentagon in September 2001; Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005; Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008; and the response to the Port au Prince, Haiti, earthquake in January 2010. He was integrally involved in the management of the response to the anthrax bioterror mailings in fall 2001, when 2 cases of inhalational anthrax were successfully diagnosed and managed at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Dr. Hanfling is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and an invited member of the George Mason University School of Public Policy Advisory Board. He received an AB in political science from Duke University and was awarded his medical degree from Brown University. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and an emergency medicine residency at George Washington/Georgetown University Hospitals.