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Columbia Opens Unit on Disasters

Columbia University has lured one of the stars of New York City’s health care industry, Dr. Irwin Redlener, away from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to head a new policy center on disaster preparedness. Acquiring Dr. Redlener, who has been president of Montefiore’s Children’s Hospital, is a coup for Columbia and its graduate school of public health, the only one in the region. He is a prodigious fund-raiser, a prominent voice on a number of health issues, including bioterrorism, and an adviser to many elected officials, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Dr. Redlener, 58, will hold the titles of associate dean at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, founding director of the school’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and professor of pediatrics at the Columbia Medical School. The new jobs begin Thursday. He and the university declined to discuss his compensation. Full Story

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