Department of Pediatrics

Disaster Response


In collaboration with decision-makers, agency representatives, and other recognized experts in the field we developed an after-action reporting tool to better gauge the effectiveness of disaster response. The final tool will be able to describe the inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact of a disaster response.

Rajesh Daftary, M.D., MPH (fellow 2010-2013), Andrea Cruz, M.D., MPH (current faculty), and Paul Sirbaugh, D.O. (current faculty)

We have faculty members who have been selected to participate on a pediatric-specific disaster response team. This collaborative effort between the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and the National Disaster Medical System is being developed to deliver clinical care to pediatric patients during declared disasters both in the US and internationally. Through hospital support, we provided patient care in Pisco, Peru after the earthquake in 2007.

Heather Crouse, M.D. (current faculty and fellow 2005-2009), Andrea Cruz, M.D., MPH (current faculty), Brent Kaziny, M.D., Heather Machen, M.D., MPH (current faculty), Paul Sirbaugh, D.O. (current faculty)

Our faculty hold administrative positions for disaster response including the Chief Medical Officer for disaster preparedness for Texas Children’s Hospital and a position on the NACHRI disaster response advisory group.

Paul Sirbaugh, D.O. (current faculty) and Brent Kaziny, M.D. (current faculty)