Tom Kirsch, MD, MPH, FACEP, is an emergency physician with expertise in research and education for mass-casualty and disaster medicine and public health. He is currently the Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University. Prior to coming to USU, he was a Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health.
Dr. Kirsch is a noted educator with more than 25 years of experience with a focus on emergency and injury care. He has developed scenario-based emergency care courses for the Department of State and Johns Hopkins University.
He has worked for FEMA, OFDA, DoD, MRC, CDC, UN, WHO, UNICEF and the Red Cross and others. These responses include earthquakes in Mexico, California, Haiti, Chile, New Zealand and Nepal; hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Haiyan, Harvey and Maria; floods in Pakistan; wildfires in California; the 9-11 terrorist attack in NYC and the EVD epidemic in Liberia.
Dr. Kirsch has authored over 120 scientific publications, including 81 peer-reviewed, a textbook and 22 book chapters, with a focus on disaster and mass-casualty heath and public health. He serves on the editorial board of 3 scientific journals and peer- reviews for 8 others. He is a widely renown speaker who has lectured around the country and the world at more than a hundred conferences.
Dr. Kirsch has received honors for his work in disasters from President Barrack Obama, the American Red Cross, Johns Hopkins University and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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