Founder and Architect:

Mark Abramovich, MBA

Senior Advisor and Clinical Advisor During Development:

Eric Toner, MD

Health Economics Advisor During Development:

Jason Matheny, MPH, MBA

Biographies:

Mark Abramovich
Mark N. Abramovich, MBA

Mr. Abramovich is the Principal of Interdisciplinary Solutions, LLC (INTD).  He is also the architect of the Panálysis system for pandemic management.  Since the release of Panálysis, Mr. Abramovich has been recognized by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for his expertise in the fields of pandemic influenza, emergency preparedness and vaccine uptake. In 2008 he sat on a CDC scientific merit review panel to allocate grant funds for Doctoral and post-Doctoral research in public health. INTD recently completed an engagement for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a Major Metropolitan Area to develop new and novel strategies to provide essential medical services during a pandemic which can be implemented nationwide.

Currently, INTD is engaged with the department of surgery at a top teaching hospital and has successful client relationships in a number of areas in the private sector to include the medical device industry.  Recent invited speaking engagements and presentations include:

  • The 2009 Annual Meeting of the New York Biotech Association
  • The 2009 Palisade Corporation Annual Users’ Conference
  • The 2009 BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day
  • 2009: Participation in the Presidential Workgroup for Biosecurity (non-speaking)

Mr. Abramovich previously worked as an Associate Equity Research Analyst for Wachovia Securities, the investment banking arm of Wachovia Bank. Prior to his work at Wachovia, he worked as an operations supervisor for Airborne Express where he helped to manage to company’s largest station located in New York City. He is a prior United States Marine Corps Officer and served as a combat engineer. He held the positions of Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer. One of Mr. Abramovich’s collateral duties in the Marines was that of Company NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) Officer. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

He holds a BA in history and political science from New York University and also completed basic science curricula at Hunter College. He went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated his studies on entrepreneurship and strategic management.

Mr. Abramovich serves as an elected Director for his Co-Op Board in Greenwich Village where he has lived on and off (mostly on) for the past 20 years. 

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Eric Toner
Eric Toner, MD

Dr. Toner is a Senior Associate with the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  He is a physician board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine.

Dr. Toner is a widely cited author on a range of biosecurity issues, including hospital preparedness, pandemic influenza response, and clinical issues related to bioterrorism response. He is a managing editor of the Clinicians’ Biosecurity Network, an online network for clinicians that regularly sends clinical biosecurity reports to thousands of clinicians across the country and around the world. He is an associate editor of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, the leading peer-reviewed journal in this field. Dr. Toner has authored numerous articles on hospital and pandemic preparedness, and has organized several meetings of national leaders on the topic of hospital preparedness for pandemic influenza and mass casualty disasters. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on a range of biosecurity topics and appeared on a number of high profile national television news features on pandemic flu and bioterrorism preparedness. Currently, he is leading a high profile project, under contract with HHS, to evaluate the achievements of the HHS Hospital Preparedness Program to date and to propose an official definition of hospital preparedness for the future.

Dr. Toner has been involved in hospital disaster planning since the mid-1980s.  Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Toner was Medical Director of Disaster Preparedness at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, and practiced emergency medicine for 23 years. During this time he also served as CEO and CFO of a large group practice and as associate Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He founded and directed one of the first Chest Pain Centers in Maryland. Dr. Toner also co-founded and managed a large primary care group practice and an independent urgent care center.  

After September 2001, he was appointed to the newly created position of Medical Director of Disaster Preparedness. He developed policies and procedures for decontamination, defense against respiratory pathogens, and surge capacity, and he had responsibility for biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear preparedness issues, including preparedness and response for smallpox, SARS, and pandemic flu. He helped create a coalition of disaster preparedness personnel from the five Baltimore County hospitals, Health Department, and Office of Emergency Management.

Dr. Toner received his BA and MD from the University of Virginia. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

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Jason Matheny
Jason Matheny, MPH, MBA

Mr. Matheny, MPH, MBA is a consultant to the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. Previously he worked for the World Bank, the Center for Global Development, and the Packard Foundation, evaluating public health projects. He is a Sommer Scholar and PhD student in Health Economics at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Duke University. He has published on health economics, risk analysis, biotechnology, and bioethics.

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