Examiner, among other publications. A former paramedic, Dr. Abramson holds a doctorate in sociomedical sciences with a specialization in political science and a master of public health degree, both from Columbia University.
Michael R. Anderson, M.D., FAAP (Workshop Chair), is vice president and chief medical officer for University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric critical care at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. In his role as chief medical officer, Dr. Anderson is charged with oversight of quality and patient safety; research and technology; graduate and continuing medical education; risk management; and credentialing and medical staff coordination for the 900-bed academic medical center campus, which includes the UH Seidman Cancer Center, the MacDonald Women’s Hospital, and the nationally renowned Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Anderson has been active at the local, state, and national levels in disaster preparedness and in 2008 was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as vice chair to the National Commission on Children and Disasters. The 10-member commission was charged with analyzing and making recommendations to the president and Congress for the improvement of the care of children in disasters. Dr. Anderson continues to serve as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Disaster Medical System in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, on pediatric disaster needs. In addition, he serves as chair of the National Children’s Hospitals Disaster Task Force and has testified in front of the U.S. Senate, the Institute of Medicine, and the President’s Commission on Bioethics. He is currently completing a health care executive M.B.A. program at the Kent State University School of Business.
Angie Besendorfer, Ed.L.D., serves as assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools (Missouri), a position she has held since 2007. Her areas of oversight include curriculum, instruction and accountability, special education, technology, and 21st-century learning. Since the May 2011 tornado, she has taken on roles related to the lease of temporary facilities, planning and design for four permanent buildings, and education of the Joplin public for the passage of the recent bond issue. Dr. Besendorfer served previously as superintendent for Reeds Spring School District and