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Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management and is on the Core Faculty of the Office of Public Health Practice and Training. His applied research interests include evidence-based approaches to enhance disaster preparedness, response, and recovery systems. He is the faculty director for the Public Health Preparedness Certificate Program at JHSPH; is affiliated with the JHU Water Institute; and is the PI of the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Barnett previously worked at Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, where he conducted disaster preparedness training activities for the department’s workers. He received his MD degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. His MPH degree was earned at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

Errett NA, Egan S, Garrity S, Rutkow L, Walsh L, Thompson CB, Strauss-Riggs K, Altman BA, Schor K, Barnett DJ. Attitudinal determinants of local public health workers’ participation in Hurricane Sandy recovery activities.Health Security. 2015; 13(4):267-73.

Walsh L, Garrity S, Rutkow L, Thompson CB, Strauss-Riggs K, Altman BA, Schor K, Barnett DJ. Applying a behavioral model framework for disaster recovery research in local public health agencies: A conceptual approach.Disaster Med Public Health Prep.2015; 27:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]

Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Errett NA; Harrison KL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL; Freiheit JM, Hudson R, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM, Storey JD. EPPM and willingness to respond: The role of risk and efficacy communication in strengthening public health emergency response systems. Health Commun. 2014; 29(6):598-609.

Christina CatlettCatlettAssociate

Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Catlett received her undergraduate degree and MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, she joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine faculty full time in 1998, where she has specialized in disaster and wilderness medicine.

In 2001, Dr. Catlett became the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), created in the wake of the terrorist attacks. At CEPAR, she has coordinated disaster planning and response within the Hopkins health system and integrated those activities with federal, state, and local plans. She has created detailed response strategies for terrorist attacks, hazmat events, contagious disease outbreaks, and mass casualty events requiring surge capacity. Dr. Catlett serves as the Director of the Johns Hopkins Go Team (Hopkins’ deployable disaster medical team) and is a member of Maryland’s new Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MD-1 DMAT). Dr. Catlett has led disaster response teams to Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Rita, and most recently, to the Haiti earthquake. She has also led humanitarian missions to Central and South America and Southeast Asia through the Go Team’s cooperation with the US Navy.

Catlett C, Jenkins JL, Millin M. Role of emergency medical services in disaster response: resource document for National Association of EMS Physicians position statement. Prehosp Emerg Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 15(3):420-5.

Watson CM, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Hsu EB, Catlett CL, Semon, NL, Gwon HS, Balicer RD, Links JM. Characterizing public health emergency perceptions and influential modifiers of willingness to respond among pediatric health care staff. American Journal of Disaster Medicine Sep/Oct 2011; 6(5):299-308.

Balicer RD, Catlett CL, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Hsu EB, Morton M, Semon NL, Watson CM, Gwon HS, Links JM. Characterizing hospital workers’ willingness to respond to a radiological event. PLoS One 2011; 6(10): e25327. Epub 2011 Oct 27.

Eva LeidmanEvaAssociate

Eva Leidman is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. Her work focuses on methods to measure the severity of natural disasters, complex emergencies and the humanitarian response to them. Leidman is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Global Health at Emory Rollins School of Public Health. Recent work includes assessments of the health and nutrition of Syrian refugees, surveillance of malnutrition in South Sudan, response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, injuries in post-conflict Iraq, and nutrition assessments among refugees from Central African Republic in Cameroon.

Bilukha O, Leidman E, Sultan AS, Hussain S. Deaths due to intentional explosions in selected governorates of Iraq from 2010 to 2013: prospective surveillance. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2015;30(6):1-7.

Michalska A, Leidman E, Fuhrman S, Mwirigi L, Bilukha O, Basquin C. Nutrition surveillance in emergency contexts: South Sudan case study. Field Exchange, 2015; 50: 73-78.

Bilukha O, Jayasekaran D, Burton A, Faender G, King’ori J, Amiri A, Jessen D, Leidman E. Nutritional Status of Women and Child Refugees from Syria — Jordan, April–May 2014. MMWR, 2014; 63(29); 638-9.

Judith Mitrani-ReiserJudithAssociate

Dr. Mitrani-Reiser is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Emergency Medicine, and the Director of the Sensor Technology and Infrastructure Risk Mitigation (STIRM) Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Her research is focused on the performance assessment of critical infrastructure, the safety and economic impact of hazards on the built environment, the effective communication of these risks to the public, informed decision making for use in emergency management and policy making, and the interaction of humans with the built environment. Her multidisciplinary research program includes collaborations within the university spanning the Whiting School of Engineering, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She also collaborates internationally with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Dr. Mitrani-Reiser is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). She is the Secretary for ASCE’s Subcommittee on Multi-Hazard Mitigation, and is a member of ASCE’s Committee on Disaster Resilience of Structures and of the Committee of Critical Facilities in ASCE’s Infrastructure Resilience Division, and a member of EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes Committee. She collaborates with Center faculty on assessing and modeling the impact of natural disasters on healthcare facilities.

Mitrani- Reiser, J., Mahoney, M., Holmes, W.T., de le LLera, J.C., Bissell, R., and Kirsch, T.D., 2012. “A Functional Loss Assessment of a Hospital System in the Biobío Province.” Earthquake Spectra, 28(S1), pgs. S473-S502. 

Pita, G. L., Pinelli, J.-P., Gurley, K., Weekes, J., and Mitrani-Reiser, J., 2012. “Assessment of hurricane-induced internal damage to low-rise buildings in the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 104-106, pgs 76-87.

Kirsch, T.D., Mitrani-Reiser, J., Bissell, R., Sauer, L.M., Mahoney, M., Holmes, W.T., Santa Cruz, N., de la Maza, F., 2010. “Impact on Hospital Functions Following the 2010 Chilean Earthquake.” Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 4(2), 122-128

Lewis RubinsonRubinsonAssociate

Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP is Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. In this role, Dr. Rubinson oversees the care of nearly 1800 critically ill patients who are transferred annually to the University of Maryland Medical Center for time-sensitive specialty care. Previously, Dr. Rubinson was the Acting Chief Medical Officer of the National Disaster Medical System(NDMS) in the Office of Emergency Management within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He served as the federal CMO in the HHS Secretary’s Operation Center for recent major events such as Superstorm Sandy, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Dr. Rubinson has deployed on numerous occasions for NDMS as a front-line clinician and as the medical lead for the Incident Response Coordination Team.

Dr. Rubinson focuses on acute and critical illness and injury resulting from public health emergencies and he has a specific interest in emerging serious infections. Dr. Rubinson focuses on healthcare response to such emergencies with specific attention to the clinical management and resource needs of an optimal clinical response. One component of such work has been Dr. Rubinson's work on emergency mass critical care and and mass casualty mechanical ventilation. Dr. Rubinson has also been an international proponent and leader for establishing systems and processes to gather clinical data for improving the operational response to public health emergencies. Dr. Rubinson has worked in local and federal public health agencies and has served and continues to serve on numerous national and international working groups related to disaster preparedness and response.

Dr. Rubinson received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, completed residency in Internal Medicine at University of California San Francisco and was a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Rubinson received his PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Rubinson L, Mutter R, Viboud C, Hupert N, Uyeki T, Creanga A, Fineli L, Iwashyna T, Carr B, Merchant R, Katikineni, Vaughn F, Clancy C, Lurie N. Impact of the Fall 2009 Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Pandemic on US Hospitals. Med Care 2013; 51: 259-265.

Rubinson L. From Clinician to Suspect Case: My Experience After a Needle Stick in an Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2014; 92: 225-226. 

Epstein JM, Sauer LM, Chelen J, Hatna E, Parker J, Rothman R, Rubinson L. Infectious disease: Mobilizing Ebola survivors to curb the epidemic. Nature. 2014 Dec 18;516(7531):323-5. doi: 10.1038/516323a.

Lily Rubenstein Lily headshot

Lily Rubenstein, BSN, BA is a registered nurse in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Beloit College. Her interests include the role of nurses in disaster management and health of refugee populations.

Frederick M. Burkle Jr., MD, MPH

Senior Scholar and Visiting Prof, Honolulu, HI. Faculty, Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Director of the Asia Pacific Center for Biosecurity, Disaster and Conflict Research.
George Everly, PhD
Mental Health, JHSPH
Steve Hansch
Emergency nutrition coordinator, Washington DC
Myung Ken Lee, MD, MPH, PhD
Mercy Corps Advisor
William Moss, MD, PhD
Child Survival, JHSPH
Paul Perrin, MPH, PhD
Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Pierre Perrin, MD, MPH
Department of Epidemiology, University of Geneva
Les Roberts, PhD
Faculty, Columbia University and Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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