Convocation Focuses on U.S. Emergency Response in a Post-9/11 Era

April 18, 2017

Carleton’s weekly convocation series continues Friday, April 21 with a presentation by Andrew Garrett, Carleton Class of 1990, a physician specializing in pediatrics, disaster medicine, and emergency medical services. His address, entitled “Perspectives from a Non-Linear Career in Medicine and Public Health,” will focus on the country’s emergency response programs and services since 9/11.

Convocation is held from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Carleton convocations are free and open to the public; they are also recorded and archived online at

During a two-year fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine, Garrett was deployed to Indonesia aboard the U.S.N.S. Mercy as a triage physician, and later to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina as part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team that provided care at the city’s airport. He later took a faculty position at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, where his work focused on how to increase the level of readiness of families, cities, and businesses for major disasters. This led to a position as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the National Disaster Medical System, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This program delivers emergency medical, veterinary, and mortuary care to communities impacted by disaster through a network of nearly 100 response teams and 6000 employees. Major deployments during Garrett’s service include the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and dozens of others.

Garrett currently serves as Director of the National Disaster Medical System in Washington, D.C. (, a federally coordinated healthcare system and partnership of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense, and Veterans Affairs.

Garrett earned a BA from Carleton College (Biology/Geology/Natural History) in 1990, later receiving an MD from Dartmouth Medical School.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton Convocations Committee. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.