Robert Kadlec, MD, MS

Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy on the Homeland Security Council

Robert Kadlec, MD, MS: Dr. Kadlec spent 26 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force, serving in several senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense. Most recently, Dr. Kadlec served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy on the Homeland Security Council. He also served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr’s subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In this capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill that was signed into law. Dr. Kadlec also previously served at the White House from 2002 to 2005 as a director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting the biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century.

Dr. Kadlec’s government experience includes both executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government and extensive participation in strategy and policy development promulgation. His past efforts cover the spectrum of medical and nonmedical biodefense issues and public health activities.

Dr. Kadlec holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a doctorate of medicine and a master’s of tropical medicine and hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.