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Thomas D Kirsch, MD

Director of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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  • Director of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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  • Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response


Emergency Medicine

Research Interests

Disaster preparedness and response; Developing methods to measure the impact and quality of disaster response; Working with the engineering community to assessing the impact on, and resiliency of healthcare systems in disaster (particularly earthquakes); Creating physiologic triage tools to improve hospital resource utilization in a disaster response.


Dr. Kirsch is an Associate Professor and the Director of Operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine. He is the co-Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response (CRDR) in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and the Director of the Hopkins School of Medicines Wilderness Medicine Course.

He is a practicing emergency physician and educator with extensive disaster research and response experience, having served as the National Physician Advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services for the past 18 years. He has also consulted for the World Health Organization, Unicef, the Centers for Disease Control, the United States Agency for International Development (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance), and the Medical Reserve Corps. He has been teaching Emergency Medicine, public health and disaster management for 20 years in the United States, as well as being an invited lecturer globally.


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American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Explorers Club (2005-Current)

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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore MD ) (1997)
    • University of Nebraska College of Medicine (Omaha NE ) (1984)


    • George Washington University School of Medicine / Emergency Medicine (Washington DC ) (1990)


    • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine (2010)
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    Research Summary

    His recent research has focused on assessing the quality of disaster response and improving the medical and public health response capacity. He is also the second editor of an international health textbook (Emergent Field Medicine). He serves on the Editorial Board for the American Medical Associations journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is a reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine and was the editor of the international section of the Annals of Emergency Medicine from 1995-2000.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Pham JC, Alblaihed L, Cheung DS, Levy F, Hill PM, Kelen GD, Pronovost PJ, Kirsch TD. Measuring patient safety in the emergency department. Am J Med Qual. 2014 Mar-Apr;29(2):99-104. doi: 10.1177/1062860613489846. Epub 2013 May 31. PMID: 23728473 
    2. Bayram JD, Sauer LM, Catlett C, Levin S, Cole G, Kirsch TD, Toerper M, Kelen G. Critical resources for hospital surge capacity: an expert consensus panel. PLoS Curr. 2013 Oct 7;5. pii: ecurrents.dis.67c1afe8d78ac2ab0ea52319eb119688. doi: 10.1371/currents.dis.67c1afe8d78ac2ab0ea52319eb119688. PMID: 24162793 
    3. Kirsch T, Siddiqui MA, Perrin PC, Robinson WC, Sauer LM, Doocy S. Satisfaction with the humanitarian response to the 2010 Pakistan floods: a call for increased accountability to beneficiaries. Emerg Med J. 2013 Jul;30(7):565-71. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2012-201226. Epub 2012 Aug 9. PMID: 22878040 [PubMed - in process]
    4. Doocy S, Jacquet G, Cherewick M, Kirsch TD. The injury burden of the 2010 Haiti earthquake: a stratified cluster survey. Injury. 2013 Jun;44(6):842-7. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.01.035. Epub 2013 Feb 22. PMID: 23462045 
    5. Doocy S, Cherewick M, Kirsch T. Mortality following the Haitian earthquake of 2010: a stratified cluster survey. Popul Health Metr. 2013 Apr 25;11(1):5. doi: 10.1186/1478-7954-11-5. PMID: 23618373
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    Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Alpha Chapter (2006)

    Invited Lecturer: Eighth Annual Symposium; Voyage and Discovery Lecture Series
    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD (2006)

    Hurricane Katrina: Testimony before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations
    U.S. House of Representatives (Chairman; Deal and Whitfield), Washington, D.C., (2005)

    Roundtable Discussion: Hurricane Katrina
    Testimony before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    U.S. Senate (Chairman; Enzi and Kennedy), Washington, D.C., (2005)

    American Red Cross, Disaster Services Professional Service Award (1995)

    Keynote Address Society of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Annual Meeting
    Taipei, Taiwan (1995)

    District of Columbia Hospital Association Hospital Service Award (1990)

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