Dan Hanfling, MD, is the Director of Emergency Management and Disaster Medicine for the Inova Health System in Falls Church, Virginia. He is also the State Medical Director for PHI Air Medical Group—Virginia, the largest private rotor-wing air medevac service in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He serves as a Medical Team Manager for Virginia Task Force One, a FEMA and USAID sanctioned international urban search and rescue team, and he has been involved in the response to international and domestic disaster events, including the response to the Pentagon in September 2001 and the response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005. Dr. Hanfling was intricately involved in the response to the anthrax bioterror mailings in the fall of 2001, when two cases of inhalational anthrax were successfully diagnosed at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Dr. Hanfling was the founder and co-chairman of the Northern Virginia Emergency Response Coalition and founder of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance. He has been appointed to the Virginia Secure Initiative Health and Medical Subpanel, the Virginia Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee, and the Virginia Health and Hospitals Association Hospital Emergency Management Committee. He has testified before Congress on the issues of disaster preparedness. He lectures nationally and internationally on pre-hospital, hospital, and disaster related subjects and has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the subject of healthcare facility disaster preparedness.
Dr. Hanfling received an AB in Political Science from Duke University and a medical degree from Brown University. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and an Emergency Medicine Residency at George Washington/Georgetown University Hospitals. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and adjunct Distinguished Senior Fellow at the George Mason University School of Public Policy.