chase of pharmaceuticals for the Hospital Preparedness Program and the state’s antiviral cache for pandemic preparedness) and all CDPH’s emergency plans pertaining to the requesting of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals in response to planning needs and emergency response. He has been directly involved in various emergency response activations of the State Emergency Operations Center and has served as a Public Health Agency representative and a Public Health Branch coordinator. In addition, Dr. Ahrens has served as the director of the CDPH Joint Emergency Operations Center during emergency response activations and as warehouse director during functional exercises involving the receipt and distribution of the SNS. His background includes working as a pharmacist, with 29 years experience with the California departments of health services, public health, and mental health, in addition to private hospital and retail pharmacy services. He received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California.


Richard L. Alcorta, M.D., FACEP, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He started his EMS career as an emergency medical technician–ambulance and went on to become a paramedic in California. While performing as an EMT-P in Imperial County, California, he also performed as a sworn sheriff reserve. He received his B.S. degree at San Diego State University. In 1983 he graduated from Howard University School of Medicine and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (Honor Medical Society). He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, and in 1986 he started as a faculty member of the emergency department at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He has practiced emergency medicine at Suburban Hospital Shock Trauma Center since 1987. From 1992 to 1994 he was the state EMS director for Maryland, and in 1995 he was appointed the state EMS medical director at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. He has developed and delivered numerous presentations on chemical, biological, radiological, and traumatic (including blast) injures as well as on incident management to EMS, nurses, and physicians. He was the state medical director for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) during the neutralization of 1,600 tons of mustard chemical warfare agent in Maryland as well as a medical advisor to the U.S. Secret Service. Dr. Alcorta has spoken as a subject matter expert at National CSEPP, B.A.T.T.L.E. FBI, and National Disaster Medical System conferences.


Joseph A. Barbera, M.D., is codirector of the George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management and has blended clinical practice, academics, research, preparedness, and emergency response activities throughout his professional career. He is associate professor of engineer-



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