Richard J. Hatchett, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director of the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), where he oversees programs to develop and procure medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases. Over the last year, he has helped lead BARDA’s efforts to develop and test vaccines and therapeutics against Ebola.
Richard serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization on a variety of topics related to biodefense and emergency medical preparedness, is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness, and is chair of an External Advisory Committee on infectious disease modeling for the National Institute of General Medical Science.
Richard served as Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff under President Obama, Director for Biodefense Policy on the Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush, and Associate Director for Radiation Medical Countermeasures and Emergency Preparedness at the National Institutes of Health. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital–Weill Cornell Medical College and a fellowship in medical oncology at Duke University Medical Center after receiving his BA summa cum laude in English Literature and MD from Vanderbilt University.