Dr. Michael Lappi has extensive experience in the field of humanitarian relief and disaster medicine having served throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In 2005, Lappi led the first ever American Red Cross Public Health Team during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts and conducted a comprehensive assessment and analysis of over 200 shelters and nearly 25,000 evacuees. Most recently, he provided invaluable medical assistance to the people of Chad during a violent rebel uprising. His research interests are focused on civilian-military interactions, disaster response, and medicine in austere environments. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Naval War College. Lappi currently serves as a preventive medicine specialist for the United States Navy.