Dr. W. Craig Vanderwagen is a member, as well as a manager, of EWP. Dr. Vanderwagen served 28 years as a uniformed officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral (upper half). He served 25 years in the Indian Health Service. His last assignment was as the Presidentially-appointed and Senate confirmed Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also serves as a senior partner with Martin, Blanck and Associates, a professional consulting firm located in Alexandria, Virginia.
As the founding ASPR, he implemented federal legislation that established the ASPR as the principal leader for all federal public health and medical response activities to any deliberate or natural disasters in the U.S. The legislation established a federal role in the development and utilization of human and other material assets in preparedness and response, and systems for deploying and managing these assets in emergency situations.
His position also gave him authority and oversight of the federal effort to develop and support a wide range of medical countermeasures (diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutic drugs and biologics) against CBRN and pandemic influenza threats. This oversight responsibility included scientific discovery, product development, licensure, acquisition, and deployment.
Dr. Vanderwagen was responsible for the creation of operational plans to address 15 national threats (including biological threats such as anthrax, smallpox, and plague, as well as threats from nuclear, radiation, and chemical devices, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes) supported by appropriate situational awareness, logistics, planning, training and exercises coordinated through the Secretary’s Command Center, an emergency operations center (EOC) linked to all other federal, state, and local command centers.
Dr. Vanderwagen received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico and is Board Certified in Family Practice Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College.