The COVID-19 experiment: Pandemic planning and preparedness lessons we must remember


  • Eric P. Wilkens, MD, MPH
  • Gary M. Klein, MD, MPH, MBA



It is apropos that this issue of American Journal of Disaster Medicine be dedicated to the past and current efforts of the many people concerned about our nation’s preparedness and its ability to itiate and sustain an
effective and robust response. As we enter the recovery phase of this current COVID-19 crisis, we must be ever mindful that we, as a people, easily forget devastating hardships of our past, which forces us to reinvent and relearn history...

Author Biographies

Eric P. Wilkens, MD, MPH

Eric P. Wilkens, MD, MPH, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is Professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Chief of Cardiac Anesthesia at Temple University Hospital. He has been involved with all levels of disaster planning and force protection for the past 20 years with groups such as DHHS, the US Secret Service, US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, and many other local, state, and federal agencies.

Gary M. Klein, MD, MPH, MBA

Gary M. Klein, MD, MPH, MBA, draws from more than 20 years of achievements throughout the healthcare industry, including senior positions at the US Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense. He has served at Fort Detrick and continues his affiliation with the DOD as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Klein also served on the ground in New York City as part of the federal response to the 9/11 attacks.




How to Cite

Wilkens, MD, MPH, E. P., and G. M. Klein, MD, MPH, MBA. “The COVID-19 Experiment: Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Lessons We Must Remember”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 14, no. 4, Oct. 2019, pp. 235-6, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2019.0348.