Nicholas V Cagliuso


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Deputy Director for Research, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Healthcare emergency management, healthcare administration, public health emergency preparedness, disaster medicine, qualitative methods, phenomenology, social constructionism, power, leadership.
Secondary Appointment: Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
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Ph.D., Healthcare Administration, (with distinction), Capella University, Minneapolis, MN 2012
Certificate, Healthcare Leadership, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2010
M.P.H., Emergency Services, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 1998
B.S., Fire Science, (cum laude), John Jay College, New York, NY 1996


Dr. Nicholas V. Cagliuso, Sr., an emergency management leader and scholar of nearly 30 years, is Deputy Director for Research at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health’s (NCDMPH) National Disaster Medical System Pilot program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) / Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement for Military Medicine (HJF) in Bethesda, MD.

Fueled by his beginnings as an Emergency Medical Technician in his beloved Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Cagliuso has taken innovative routes to leadership as a member of the Fire Department, City of New York’s Emergency Medical Service, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and Continuum Health Partners.

A survivor of the 9/11 attacks on New York City – he was on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center – Dr. Cagliuso is the former founding Senior Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management at NYC Health + Hospitals (2014-2020), the nation’s largest municipal healthcare delivery system. There, he revolutionized the organization’s approach to emergency management, developing and operationalizing its first Incident Command System (ICS) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) He built a team overseeing finance, administration, Continuity of Operations (COOP), planning, operations, training, exercises, resilience and recovery and secured millions of dollars in grants. In 2015, Dr. Cagliuso conceived and implemented its System-wide Special Pathogens Program and served as Liaison Officer for the System’s response to NYC’s confirmed Ebola patient. From 2015 through 2020, Dr. Cagliuso was founding core faculty of the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), where he also served for one year (2018-2019) as Co-Principal Investigator. In 2018, he assumed responsibility for System-wide Security and Hospital Police, including its one-of-a-kind Hospital Police Academy. A proactive, fearless leader, he activated the System’s ICS in late January 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Dr. Cagliuso is an accomplished university faculty member, teaching graduate courses in economics, public health preparedness, and disaster research. He’s currently Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS, where he also holds a secondary appointment in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics. He is adjunct faculty in Adelphi University’s Emergency Management Graduate Program, where he also served on its Center for Health Innovation’s advisory board from 2013 through 2017.

Renowned for his thinking and doing, Crain’s New York Business Magazine named him in 2007 to its prestigious “40 Under 40” list of New York City’s rising stars.

Dr. Cagliuso is an editorial board member of the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, and a peer reviewer for Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Cagliuso earned a B.S. in Fire Science, cum laude, from John Jay College, a Master of Public Health in Emergency Medical Services from New York Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Health Care Administration, with distinction, from Capella University. His doctoral dissertation explored the lived experiences of U.S. hospital emergency preparedness stakeholders through a qualitative, phenomenological lens.