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Cornell Institute for Disease & Disaster Preparedness

The Cornell Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness (CIDDP), co-directed by Dr. Nathaniel Hupert (Weill Cornell Medicine) and Prof. Jack Muckstadt (Cornell Engineering), grew out of many years of collaborative work involving a range of academic specialties related to preparation for and response to natural and man-made disasters and disease epidemics.

CIDDP efforts advance research and education in the field of public health response logistics, the systematic study of physical and human infrastructures, materials and supplies, transport resources, information and communication systems, business processes, decision support systems and command and control systems required to respond quickly and appropriately to health crises.

Interlinked Goals

  • Primary research through theoretical modeling, model validation activities and development of decision support tools for improved health system response to pressing threats including COVID-19, pandemic influenza, bioterrorism and other emerging infections such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
  • Education of the nation's next generation of engineers and public health practitioners and researchers, with combined expertise in both the quantitative techniques of operations research (simulation, mathematical modeling and statistical analysis) and the applied field of public health system research
  • Outreach to end-users, including hospitals, health systems, federal, state, regional and local public health officials, insurance and risk management entities, data integrators and information system developers capable of translating pilot projects into widely available decision support tools

Pandemic Response Planning Tools

COVID-19 Research

Other CIDDP Research

Non-COVID Response Logistics Modeling Tools and Reports


Key Personnel

Vaccine Distribution Model

Major Weill Cornell Medicine Public Health Response Logistics Models and Reports

DateModel NameClientDevelopment Lead
2002Weill Cornell Medicine Bioterrorism and Epidemic Outbreak ResponseU.S. Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)N. Hupert, D. Wattson
2004Community-Based Mass Prophylaxis: A Planning Guide for Public Health PreparednessU.S. HHS AHRQN. Hupert, J. Cuomo and S. Morse
2004-09Regional Hospital Caseload CalculatorU.S. HHS AHRQN. Hupert, J. Cuomo and D. Wattson
2005Hospital Surge Capacity Optimization and Utilization ToolU.S. HHS AHRQN. Hupert and D. Wattson
2005-07Catastrophic Patient AllocationU.S. HHS AHRQJ. Muckstadt, S. Chinchalkar, N. Hupert and W. Xiong
2006Triage and Surge Capacity Tool (TriSCT)U.S. HHS AHRQ and Columbia University National Center for Disaster PreparednessN. Hupert, E. Hollingsworth and W. Xiong
2006-07Stochastic Simulation of Health System Response to Large-Scale EpidemicsJ. Muckstadt, D. Murray, P. Jackson, W. Xiong, E. Hollingsworth and N. Hupert
2007LabModClinton Foundation HIV/AIDS InitiativeW. Xiong, E. Hollingsworth and N. Hupert
2007Hospital Self-ProphylaxisNewYork-Presbyterian HospitalW. Xiong, E. Hollingsworth, N. Hupert, J. Muckstadt, J. Vorenkamp and E. Lazar
2007Stochastic HIV/AIDS Treatment Scale-Up in Sub-Saharan AfricaClinton Foundation HIV/AIDS InitiativeJ. Muckstadt, M. Al-Gwaiz, W. Xiong, K. King, E. Hollingsworth and N. Hupert
2008-09Hospital Preparedness Exercises Guidebook; Pocket Guide and Atlas of Resources and ToolsU.S. HHS AHRQM. Cheung M, A-T. Vu, D D. Varlese, W. Xiong and N. Hupert
2010-14Pharmaceutical-Based Antiviral Dispensing for Pandemic InfluenzaU.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)N. Hupert, J. Muckstadt, C. Barnett, R. Chen and K. King

Current Research Highlights

Analysis and Visualization of Epidemics on the Timescale of Burden: Derivation and Application of Epidemic Resistance Lines (ERLs) to COVID-19 Outbreaks in the US

May 5, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced many well-quantified epidemics across the United States and the world. Comparing localized epidemic outcomes can help researchers understand both the efficacy of non-pharmaceutical interventions and the risk assessment across varying geographic levels. In a new medRxiv paper, Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, associate professor...

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Operations research advice for Covid-19 vaccination planners: think bigger, move faster

March 22, 2021

The development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines already approved for use is an incredible accomplishment for the scientific community. Now, ensuring each vaccine dose is efficiently administered to the global population is just as important. In a new opinion piece published in STAT, Dr. Nathaniel Hupert...

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The Immunologists’ Guide to Pandemic Preparedness with Lessons from COVID-19

January 4, 2021

Immunologists play a central role in translating basic science into effective response strategies, helping communities and individuals to anticipate, detect, respond to, and recover from the impact of health emergencies, hazards, events or conditions. This has become especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new Trends in Immunology paper, ...

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Faculty & Staff

Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., MPH
Nathaniel Hupert , MD, MPH
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
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John Anthony Muckstadt , Ph.D.
  • Acheson-Laibe Emeritus Professor of Engineering, Cornell University School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
  • Stephen H.Weiss Presidential Fellow

Cornell Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness
402 E. 67th St, New York, NY 10065