Dr. Rothman has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since 1996, when he joined as assistant chief of service. He was promoted in 2012 to professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He also serves as the Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship director and director of research for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Rothman’s research program focuses on the interface of emergency/episodic care and infectious disease surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment. His research includes studies on varied infectious diseases, including HIV/STDs, pneumonia, meningitis, skin and soft tissue infections, and influenza. He also conducts research on development/translation of rapid novel diagnostics for infectious disease detection. Dr. Rothman’s interdisciplinary research program includes investigators from emergency medicine, microbiology, infectious disease and public health.
Dr. Rothman has been continuously funded by federal grants since 1996. He has served as principal investigator for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases’ diagnostics program. He was also the lead investigator on a diagnostics program for the Department of Homeland Security on disaster preparedness and response, focusing on evaluation of diagnostic methods for hospitals for emerging and biothreat events. He founded the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium in 2007 with colleagues from Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, and is active in implementation research in this arena with funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Currently, he serves as co-principal investigator on a multicenter study for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which is developing new approaches for rapid influenza surveillance diagnosis and treatment. He is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Rothman also holds a multipatent portfolio in molecular diagnostics.