Dr. Hertelendy is an award winning Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and teaches in the International Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management Program.
Dr. Hertelendy was a hospital executive in Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. He has over 25 years leadership experience in emergency services and hospital management. He is a certified chief fire officer and paramedic. Operationally he has been the incident commander globally at major oil tank fires, refinery fires, high rise fires, train derailments , hazmat incidents, tornadoes and hurricanes. He served as a medical commander during Hurricane Katrina and emergency consultant during Hurricane Irma in Florida. He also has experience managing public health emergencies such as SARS, EBOLA and the recent COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dr. Hertelendy's research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex organizational problems in healthcare, business and the field of disaster management that center on crisis leadership, teams, organizational culture and trust. Dr. Hertelendy is the author of over 45 published articles, numerous book chapters, and is on the editorial board of Prehospital Emergency Care the top ranked peer reviewed journal in prehospital care and the Associate Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness a topic rank journal in disaster medicine.
He is a frequent international speaker on leadership, crisis and emergency management, global health security and climate change. He has developed and validated over 100 plans, conducted and evaluated numerous disaster exercises, and facilitated over 150 seminars and workshops ranging in topics from leadership, crisis management, incident command training, global health and humanitarian crisis and business continuity planning worldwide for over 50 clients in oil and gas, refinery and petrochemical industries, government, manufacturing, security services, heavy industry, technology and healthcare.