tion to the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the development of the National Disaster Medical System. As chair of the emergency preparedness committee for the George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Barbera oversaw implementation of a mass patient decontamination and treatment facility and worked with other hospitals to develop a similar capability for response to chemical terrorism. As founder and chair of the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, Dr. Barbera led the implementation of a comprehensive Hospital Mutual Aid System for Washington, D.C., and has been instrumental in regional emergency planning and in coordinating disaster response exercises, including the medical participation in the federal Domestic Preparedness Program’s regional chemical and biological terrorism exercises. Dr. Barbera is a medical officer for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance International Search & Rescue Program and also provides emergency management and medical preparedness consultation to the U.S. Capitol’s Office of the Attending Physician, including contingency planning for the presidential inauguration and state of the union addresses. He has provided emergency management expertise to multiple other organizations, including the White House medical staff, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
GEORGES C. BENJAMIN, M.D., was appointed secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening, effective May 1, 1999. He oversees an agency with more than 10,000 employees and a $4.2 billion budget. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. His previous career experience includes serving in administrative positions as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center, chief of Emergency Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, chairman of the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital, and health commissioner for the District of Columbia. Dr. Benjamin leads the state’s public health efforts to combat biological and chemical terrorism and was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Research and Development Needs for Improving Civilian Medical Response to Chemical and Biological Terrorism Incidents.
JAMES BENTLEY, Ph.D., joined the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 1991 and is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Policy Planning at the AHA. He earned a B.A. in health facilities management from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in medical care organization from