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Catlett, Christina, M.D.


Christina Catlett, M.D.

  • Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) 
  • Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1991-1995)

Johns Hopkins Hospital (1995-1998)


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.

Dr. Catlett’s interest in wilderness medicine evolved when she began climbing mountains in 2004, starting with Kilimanjaro in Africa.  In 2005, she was the physician for an expedition cruise ship traveling from Japan to Siberia, the Arctic Circle and Alaska.  In 2006, she was the Mt. Everest basecamp physician for the Adventure Consultants expedition. She provided helicopter search-and-rescue for the 2008 and 2009 UAE Desert Challenge, a 5-day 2000 km automotive race through the deserts of the Middle East, and medical support for the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2009.

Dr. Catlett has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of disaster and wilderness medicine topics. She has led disaster conferences in Turkey, Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. She has published articles in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, JAMA, BMC Public Health, Prehospital Emergency Care, American Journal of Disaster Medicine, PLoS One, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Research Interests

1. International disaster response metrics
2. Disaster medicine curriculum development
3. Characterizing willingness to respond to disasters
4. Hospital surge capacity metrics

Recent Publications
1. 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. 
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Catlett CL, Kirsch TD, Scheulen JJ, Cole G, Kelen GD. Maximizing utility of a deployable medical team from an academic medical center to a disaster. World Medical & Health Policy 2011; 3(4): Article 4. Available at:
5. Errett NA, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Catlett CL, Hsu E, Gwon H, Balicer RD, Links JM. Assessment of psychological preparedness and emergency response willingness of local public health department and hospital workers. Accepted, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.

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Scholarly Projects with Residents

1. Hospital shooting events in the last decade.
2. Implementation of a new medical student curriculum in disaster medicine.

Projects with Opportunities for Resident Involvement

1. The Johns Hopkins Go Team (deployable medical asset for disasters)
2. Disaster Medicine intersession for 1st year medical students.
3. Austere Medicine course for medical students.
4. Papers on a variety of disaster topics..


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