Dr. Deborah Mulligan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco and Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy, she is Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University and Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Florida. Key national positions include those held with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and National Association of EMSPhysicians.
Dr. Mulligan is Past-President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; the Communications Chair and Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Co-Chair; the Florida Medical Association Public Health Council Immediate-Past Chair; and a Florida Chapter of Emergency Medicine Education Committee member.
With over 50 publications in the field of pediatrics and emergency medicine, Dr. Mulligan is an editorial board member of the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Journal as well as reviewer to the Annals of Emergency Medicine and PEDIATRICS. Collaboration and partnership with these important health profession organizations provides a platform from which to facilitate pediatric health promotion and safety. A leading healthcare advocate, she is a member of the National Association of Medical Communicators and an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson. Dr. Mulligan has been featured on a broad media spectrum of radio, television, magazines, online and print newspapers, such as The Today Show, Discovery Health Channel, Univision & Telefutura Networks, Metro Networks, CNN en Espanol, Todobebe, Hispanic News Wire, Parent Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Fluent in Spanish and conversational Italian, Dr. Mulligan retains her international professional relationships by providing health and education programs.
Despite her busy professional career, she has served on the board of directors of the March of Dimes; Children’s Home Society; JM Foundation Deliver the Dream Project; Florida SAFE Kids Advisory Board; Broward County School’s RISK Watch Task Force; Save-A-Life Foundation; South Florida Water Injury Prevention Coalition; SWIM Central Foundation and March of Dimes.
Over her medical career, Dr. Mulligan has won honors and awards, including recognition by the Honorable E. Clay Shaw in the May 16, 1996 Congressional Record; Wye River Group on Healthcare ’Communities Shaping A Vision for America’s 21st Century Health & Healthcare’ Advisor; Women Health Executives Network; South Florida Health and Business Community Physician Humanitarian Award and Excellence in Community Based Programming; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Broward; Coral Springs Vision 20/20 Child Advocate; March of Dimes Woman of Distinction; the National EMSC Heroes Award for Innovation in Program Development; South Florida Outstanding Female Health Professional, Florida Medical Association 2002 Physician Communicator of the Year; 2007 Florida State Surgeon General Injury Prevention Award and 2008 NSU Melnick Child Advocate of the Year Award.
In service to the Florida Department of Health as Senior Advisor of Emergency Medical Services for Children, Dr. Mulligan was Project Director in designing state model programs contributing to the development of over 20 state reports as well as state and federal legislation relative to children’s health and safety issues.
She continues her public service as a pediatric consultant to the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; Center for Disease Control (AAP expert on disaster medicine), Florida Agency for Health Care Administration; the Department of Health; the Department of Education; The Department of Transportation and the Executive Office of Drug Policy.