A tri-lingual, board-certified, practicing pediatric emergency medicine physician, Deborah Ann Mulligan, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where she advises national health systems and policymakers about disruptive technologies and business models that accelerate transformation and constrain health expenditures. She also is the Chief Medical Affairs Officer of MDLIVE, a leading provider of telehealth software and services.
Dr. Mulligan has held leadership positions in healthcare, government, research, and technology sectors, including that of Pediatric Services Medical Director for the nation’s fourth largest safety net hospital system. She has served the Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Emergency Medical Services for Children program as Project Director and Florida Senior Advisor of state model programs. She is active with her consultancy roles to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Centers for Disease Control, and Florida State Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Health.
Dr. Mulligan serves on the University of California Santa Barbara Center for Digital Games Research Board of Advisors and Co-President/CMO of Sitio Saludable, Inc., a national, multi-disciplinary media startup company formed to provide broadcast and digital content to promote and support positive health behavior change among the US Hispanic population.
With over 100 peer review publications in her field, she has lectured globally and received numerous health policy, community service, scientific, educational, and professional society awards, including recognition by the Honorable US Representative E. Clay Shaw in the US Congressional Record, National EMSC Heroes Award for Innovation, Florida Medical Association Physician Communicator of the Year, and Florida State Surgeon General Injury Prevention Award. An NSU Professor of Pediatrics, she received the Florida State University and Colleges "Campus COMPACT Community Engagement Educator Award," presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.
A recipient of the International Health & Medical Media FREDDIE Award, she has extensive media experience in front of and behind the camera. She is listed in IMDB for her contribution to the award-winning indie film “Tio Papi” and is an American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Medicine spokesperson featured on a broad media spectrum of bilingual radio, television, online and print such as The Today Show, GMA, Discovery Health Channel, Univision, Metro Networks, CNN en Español, Hispanic News Wire, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She also hosts a weekly radio segment on IHeartRadio’s WIOD and serves as expert consultant and on-tour physician medical security advisor to entertainers on tour.