Dr. Rasmussen is a medical doctor, the CEO for Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (IHS), and the Team Lead for the Roddenberry Disaster Response Team.
By training he is a Board Certified internal medicine physician with both undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and a European Masters degree in disaster medicine from the UN World Health Organization’s affiliate CEMEC (Centre European pour la Medecin des Catastrophes) in Italy.
Rasmussen teaches at the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a Research Professor in Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University and an instructor in disaster medicine at both the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsshutz ind Katastrophenhilfe) and the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China. He is a member of the core faculty of Singularity University within the NASA Ames Research Center, teaching in both the Exponential Medicine and Global Grand Challenges tracks, and serves as a permanent advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Expert Panel on Water Disasters. He is also a member of the US National Academy of Science’s Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development.
Rasmussen served as a physician in the US Navy for 25 years aboard nuclear submarines, amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. He was named Director of Surface Fleet Medical Programs for the Navy, then Fleet Surgeon for the US Navy's Third Fleet, and later Chairman of an academic department of medicine in Seattle. Among his deployments are Bosnia (3x), Afghanistan (2x), Iraq for ten months, the Haiti earthquake, Banda Aceh (post-tsunami), New Orleans (post-Hurricane Katrina), New York (post-Superstorm Sandy), and Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Rasmussen also spent nine years as a Principal Investigator in humanitarian informatics for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and received DARPA's capstone award as Outstanding Investigator of the Year before retiring from the Navy to serve as the CEO of InSTEDD, a humanitarian NGO established by Google.org to put into action the goals outlined by Dr. Larry Brilliant's TED Prize speech for better global disease surveillance.
He lives with his wife of 30 years, Demi, on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington.
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