Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP

Small Business Owner, Doctor, and Musician in Bainbridge Island, WA

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Dr. Eric Rasmussen is the CEO of Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, a Washington State "Profit for Purpose" social business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He is also a practicing Internal Medicine physician with an additional specialty in Disaster Medicine.

His other roles include Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Visiting Researcher in Disaster Management at the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China, Senior Lecturer within the International Disaster Academy in Bonn, Germany, and Core Faculty at Singularity University within the NASA Ames Research Center in California.

Dr. Rasmussen retired in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD, a highly-regarded international NGO created by from a TED Prize awarded to Dr. Larry Brilliant. He remains the Chair of InSTEDD's Board of Directors.

Before his selection as CEO of InSTEDD, Dr. Rasmussen had spent 25 years on active duty with the US Navy, including deployments to multiple natural disasters and three wars. On his Navy retirement he was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the Navy teaching hospital near Seattle, Washington, and Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation. He now sits on several boards and committees, including the Committee on Grand Challenges in Global Development for the US National Academy of Sciences.

Eric is a Combat-Service Disabled Veteran, the CEO of IHS, and the majority owner of IHS. As a consequence IHS is registered as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Eric has been married for more than 35 years to Demi and they have daughters Melissa and Faith. Eric and Demi live on Bainbridge Island between Seattle and Olympic National Park.

  • Education
    • European Master's in Disaster Medicine (CEMEC '02)
    • Stanford University School of Medicine '90
    • Stanford University '87