George W. Contreras

George W. Contreras

Adjunct Associate Professor
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CEM, IAEM (2011, Certified Emergency Manager- International Association of Emergency Managers)

MEP, FEMA (2010, Master Exercise Practitioner)

MS, Iona College (2002, Health Services Administration)

MPH, Hunter College (1994, Community Health Education)

BA, New York University (1991, Psychobiology)

Professional Memberships

Editorial Board Member

American Journal of Disaster Medicine (AJDM)

Journal of Emergency Management (JEM)

Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)

Zona TES (Barcelona, Spain)

Course Taught

Carrent courses

ESA 101- Introduction to Emergency Management

PMT 780- Public Health Emergency Management

Previous courses

PMT 711

Languages spoken/fluent in

English, Spanish

Scholarly Work

Contreras, G and Kittleson, M. New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice’s Response to COVID-19. Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education (JSIRE). September 2020. 10 (14):  1-4.

Contreras G. Getting Ready for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. June 2020; 14(2): 231-234. DOI:10.5055/ajdm.2019.0336

Contreras G. Getting Ready for the next pandemic COVID-19: Why we need to be more prepared and less scared. Journal of Emergency Management. March/April 2020; 18(2):87-89. DOI:10.5055/jem.2020.0461


Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Public Health

Emergency Management

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Disaster Medicine

Health Services Administration

In The Media


2020 Publications

Contreras, G. MedPage Today. December 31, 2020. Vaccines are here but do not let your guard down.

Contreras, G. El Diario. December 16, 2020. Incluso con la llegada de las vacunas, no podemos bajar la guardia en los proximos meses.

Contreras, G. Healthcare Business Today. December 13, 2020. Even though president elect Biden finally has the green light, the most effective tool to combat COVID-19 is in our hands.

Contreras, G. El Diario.December 3, 2020. El mejor regalo para las fiestas de este ano es “mantenerse alejado”.

Contreras G and Caze, L. EEUU: La educacion sanitaria durante el COVID-19. Rescate Vial. December 2020; 60(4): 10-12.

Contreras, G. LoHud and USA Today network. October 29, 2020. The tale of two lines- COVID testing sites and voting sites- in one city.

Contreras, G. New York Daily News. October 9, 2020. How to contain the COVID hotspots in NYC.

Contreras G. Nueve meses despues de la declaracion de la OMS, la experiencia de la COVID-19 en la ciudad de Nueva York. ZONA TES. September 2020; (3):136-141.

Block, A and Contreras, GW. LoHud and USA Today network. September 16, 2020. As we emerge into “a new normal”, balance your risk.

Contreras, G. Healthcare Business Today. August 9, 2020. Is another shutdown the answer to the rampant COVID019 pandemic in the United States?

Contreras, G. Healthcare Business Today. June 23, 2020. Amid a historic pandemic, public health must take the lead even among other concurrent disasters.

Contreras, G. STAT News. June 20, 2020. The Trump rally in Tulsa is a recipe for disaster.

Contreras, G. New York Daily News. June 19, 2020. ‘I can’t breathe’: A plea that resonates in policing reform and vigilance against the coronavirus.

Contreras, G. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. May 21, 2020. A poignant EMS week amid a historic pandemic.

Contreras G. COVID-19 en Nueva York: Un paramédico reflexiona desde primera línea. Rescate Vial. Mayo 2020; 58(2): 12-14.

Contreras, G. El Tiempo. April 29, 2020. “Nunca vi tanta gente morir en un turno”: paramedico en Nueva York.

Contreras, G. NY Daily News. April 28, 2020. NYC paramedic describes holding ‘ad hoc wake’ in ambulance for coronavirus victim; ‘I’ve never seen so many people die in one shift’.