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David Bradt, MD


Departmental Affiliation(s):

School of Medicine (Primary)
International Health (Joint)
Division: Health Systems

Contact Information

600 N. Wolfe Street
Marburg B189
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

410 955 0141

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David Bradt is a disaster epidemiologist working in disaster medicine and disaster public health.  He is triple specialty certified in emergency medicine and public health with cross-training in disaster management through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the US Agency for International Development's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, and Tripler Army Medical Center.  His professional interest is disaster health services leading to disaster field experience in 22 countries and territories. Among his assignments, he served as emergency physician in the Mujahideen-Afghan Surgical Hospital casualty receiving station at the Afghan-Pakistan border during the Afghan-Soviet war, International Federation of Red Cross medical coordinator in Zaire during the Rwandan genocide, International Rescue Committee physician in Macedonia and Albania during the Kosovo ethnic cleansing, WHO health coordinator in India after the Gujarat earthquake, WHO medical coordinator in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami, WHO emergency coordinator in Tunisia during the Libyan civil war, USAID/OFDA health officer in Ethiopia during a food security crisis, USAID/OFDA senior field officer in Sudan during the Darfur genocide, USAID/OFDA health officer in Indonesia after the Javanese earthquake, and American Red Cross medical consultant at US disasters including Hurricane Andrew, Supertyphoon Paka, and World Trade Center terrorism.  Dr. Bradt's research addresses disaster preparedness metrics in health systems, rapid epidemiological assessment of disasters, health status of disaster-affected populations, and best practices in disaster relief operations.  He serves on the editorial boards of two NLM indexed biomedical journals, the board of directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and the specialists candidate roster of the Fulbright Specialists Program.  He consults on disaster health issues for governmental, non-governmental, Red Cross, and UN organizations.

Honors and Awards

Selected awards

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Scholar

International Federation for Emergency Medicine Humanitarian Award

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Foundation 20 Medal

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Victorian Faculty Fellows Prize for medical research

World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia Certificate of Appreciation for emergency response

US Agency for International Development Meritorious Group Award to the Darfur Disaster Assistance Response Team

American Red Cross National Headquarters Certificate of Appreciation for service in response to the events of September 11, 2001

American Red Cross National Headquarters Volunteer Award in Disaster Services

Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society Membership

Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Society of Alumni Award for Public Health Practice

Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Outstanding Faculty Award

  • Disaster management
  • disaster preparedness
  • disaster response
  • complex disasters
  • rapid epidemiological assessment
  • medical coordination
  • minimum essential data sets
  • Bradt DA, Epstein J. The rational clinician in a pandemic setting. Med J Aust 2010; 192:87-9. Epub 2009 Nov 30.

  • Bradt DA. Evidence-based decision-making in humanitarian assistance. Network Paper 67. London: Overseas Development Institute, Humanitarian Practice Network; December 2009.

  • Bradt DA. Evidence-based decision-making (part 2): applications in disaster relief operations. Prehosp Disaster Med 2009; 24(6):479-92.  (lead article)

  • Bradt DA, Aitken P, Fitzgerald G, et al. Augmentation of hospital emergency department surge capacity: recommendations of the Australasian Surge Strategy Working Group. Acad Emerg Med 2009; 16:1350-8.

  • Bradt DA. Evidence-based decision-making (part 1): origins and evolution in the health sciences. Prehosp Disaster Med 2009; 24(4):298-305.  (lead article)