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Johns Hopkins Medical Disaster Experts For Haiti Earthquake Response - 01/13/2010
Johns Hopkins Medical Disaster Experts For Haiti Earthquake Response
Release Date: January 13, 2010
Christina Catlett, M.D.
Dr. Catlett, a Johns Hopkins emergency physician, has extensive experience responding to disasters, including helping to lead teams of doctors and other medical experts on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan.
She is familiar with Haiti’s public-health infrastructure, having co-lead three medical missions to the Central Plateau region of the island for Project Medishare for Haiti. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping that country develop and improve public health services.
Dr. Catlett also is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a ready reserve of Hopkins medical experts who can respond quickly to major catastrophes anywhere in the United States. This team includes a cross-spectrum of experts, including physicians, nurses, mental health providers, and others.
She is also the associate director for health system preparedness at the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has developed detailed medical response strategies for major disasters involving casualties.
Thomas Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Kirsch, a Johns Hopkins emergency physician, has extensive experience responding to major disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Andrew, the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and California wildfires.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he directed an 80-member medical team on the ground in Southern Louisiana assisting victims of the catastrophe.
Immediately following the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Dr. Kirsch served for a month on the ground, directing first-aid response and serving as public liaison for the American Red Cross.
He also has lectured and written extensively on medical and public health responses to earthquake disasters.
For the past 15 years he has served as the national physician advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services, and has consulted on disaster-related issues for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Agency for International Development (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance). Dr. Kirsch has extensive international experience and has been involved in disaster response, education and research for 20 years.
Dr. Kirsch also has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of health issues. He teaches “Public Health Issues in Disasters” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Wilderness Medicine Course.