Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH, Lieutenant Colonel, MS, U.S. Army (Ret.) is professor of healthcare administration and global health with University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) and University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Don’s experience spans the military, government, and private sectors and focuses on healthcare operations, medical readiness, emergency preparedness, and bioterrorism. His work has included development of a medical intelligence course for a state department of health, creation of multiple undergraduate and graduate courses in healthcare administration and global health, evaluation of Veterans Affairs behavioral health residential treatment facilities, providing expert testimony on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and increasing access to healthcare and enhanced resiliency for vulnerable populations.
Dr. Donahue has a distinguished record of work in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. His work has ranged from department-level leadership in some of the most medically needy neighborhoods in New York to national policy development to international initiatives to define and promote interdisciplinary disaster medicine and public health. (Then) Lieutenant Colonel Donahue was a primary planner for the Department of Defense anthrax, smallpox, and military vaccine programs, as well as for readiness and force health protection initiatives for the Reserve Components. Following the 2001 postal anthrax attacks, he was the principle instructor for the CDC Anthrax Vaccination Program, providing post exposure prophylaxis and treatment education to the Public Health Service response team and regional reference laboratories across the nation. His work has included designing, directing, and delivering education and training to military and civilian audiences in disaster preparedness and response, management of logistical support for the District of Columbia Strategic National Stockpile program, and analysis of legal sufficiency for non-pharmaceutical interventions (the CDC-ASTHO Social Distancing Law Project).
Dr. Donahue’s experience includes work in behavioral care, home health, lobbying and consulting, and hospital administration, including corporate consulting and departmental leadership in major urban medical centers. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Royal Society for Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness. Professor Donahue is a board member of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, American Association of Physician Specialists Foundation, and World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He serves as vice president of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and editor-at-large for the Society’s journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Donahue is a Founding Director of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe/International Commission on Disaster Medicine.
He has served as a senior fellow and Program Director for Health Policy and Preparedness for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Deputy Surgeon (Policy and Fiscal Administration) for the Army Reserve, where he was responsible for strategic planning, program development, and funding for medical operations, medical and dental readiness, health policy, medical aspects of homeland security, and bioterrorism issues. Donahue received the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Regent for the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. Recognition for programs established by Dr. Donahue include the Vice President’s (Hammer) Award for Reinventing Government, the Department of Veterans Affairs Award for Contracting Excellence, and being named to Fast Company magazine’s “Fast 50” recognizing innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents. Other positions held by Dr. Donahue include managing partner for Diogenec Group, Senior Marketing Manager for Magellan Health Services, consultant and lobbyist for Jefferson Consulting Group, and emergency department administrator and corporate consultant for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Don serves on the speaker selection committee for the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects Summer Leadership Summit and with the medical theatre working group for the 2020 World Humanitarian Forum. He is a past Board Chair for Melwood, an $90 million p.a. nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the nation’s fourth largest AbilityOne program. Other professional activities include services as a peer reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Professor Donahue’s educational credentials include a Doctor of Health Education from A.T. Still University, Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, Master of Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Science (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of the State of New York, and a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.