Program Director for Institutional Preparedness, University of Texas Medical Branch
Mike Mastrangelo is the Program Director for Institutional Preparedness at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In this role, Mike is responsible for all aspects of preparedness. Priority risks for UTMB include hurricanes, disease outbreaks and mass casualty incidents, and cyber-intrusions. There is a high concentration of chemical industrial plants in the Galveston area, and UTMB works with regional public and private entities to assure readiness for any incidents and assure the continuity of healthcare services. UTMB is also the Ebola Treatment Hospital for our multi-state region, and UTMB houses the Galveston National Laboratory – a Biosafety Level 4 facility designated to conduct research on Select Agents. Prior to coming on board at UTMB, Mike was the Business Continuity Coordinator for the University of Texas System (14 campuses including 6 health institutions). In this role he was involved in the response and recovery of UTMB after Hurricane Ike; and coordinated the UT response to the H1N1 outbreak. Mike was also the bioterrorism coordinator for the state (Texas Department of Health) and co-founded the Texas Health Alert Network, a statewide telecommunications network designed to support the detection and response to bioterrorism or disease outbreaks. This project won the Best of Texas Award (for public IT implementations) sponsored by Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government. Mike was also a contract researcher at the UT Austin, Institute for Advanced Technology – Chemical and Biological Weapons Countermeasures program. He is a former CIA Case Officer and Marine Corps Officer.