Richard Eric Rothman, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Professor of Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Research Interests

HIV, Rapid Bacterial and Viral Detection in Acute Care Settings, Emergency Preparedness more


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. more


  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Director, Research Fellowship, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Director, Residency Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

  • National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Critical Event Response (PACER)



  • MD; Medicine; Cornell University - Weill Cornell Medical College (1993)


  • Emergency Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1996)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (Emergency Medicine) (1997)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Rothman has more than 20 years of experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical and translational research at Johns Hopkins. He has mentored numerous pre- and postdoctoral fellows, including seven prior K (training grant) awardees, all of whom have gone on to faculty positions at major academic medical centers.

As the vice chair for research, Dr. Rothman oversees the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Research Center. The center has 15 full-time faculty members with research programs, a full-time administrator, two support staff members, a full-time program manager, 10 full-time research coordinators, a full-time programmer, an IT programmer, a biostatistician and 10 research assistants. More than one-third of the core faculty members, which include both clinical investigators and Ph.D. collaborators, have major programs that are funded through competitive federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center administrative infrastructure and offices at Johns Hopkins occupy approximately 10,000 square feet.

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Selected Publications

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Yang S., Rothman R.E. PCR-based diagnostics for infectious diseases: uses, limitations, and future applications in acute care settings. Lancet Infectious Disease 2004; 4(6): 337-48.

Dugas A., Levin S., Mareiniss D., Hsieh Y.H., Pines J., Mohareb A., Gaydos C., Perl T., Rothman R.E..Google Flu Trends: Correlation with Emergency Department Influenza Rates And Crowding Metrics. Clin Inf Dis. 2012 Feb 15;54(4):463-9.

Jeng K., Gaydos C.A., Blyn L.B., Yang S., Won H., Matthews H., Toleno D., Hsieh Y.H., Carroll K.C., Hardick J., Masek B., Kecojevic A., Sampath R., Peterson S., Rothman R.E. Comparative analysis of two broad-range PCR assays for pathogen detection in positive-blood-culture bottles: PCR-high-resolution melting analysis versus PCR-mass spectrometry. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Oct;50(10):3287-92.

Dugas A.F., Valsamakis A., Gaydos C.A., Forman M., Hardick J., Kidambi P., Amin S., Gupta A., Rothman R.E. Evaluation of the Xpert Flu Rapid PCR assay in High-Risk Emergency Department Patients. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Dec;52(12):4353-5.

Epstein J.M., Sauer L.M., Chelen J., Hatna E., Parker J., Rothman R.E., Rubinson L. Infectious disease: Mobilizing Ebola survivors to curb the epidemic. Nature. 2014 Dec 18;516(7531):323-5.

Activities & Honors


  • Webster Alumni Fellowship for Biological Research, Amherst College, 1982 - 1983
  • Departmental Research Funding Award, University of California, San Francisco, 1983 - 1989
  • National Institute of Health Fellowship/Training Grant, University of California, San Francisco, 1987 - 1989
  • David P. Barr Research Fellowship Award, Cornell University Medical College, 1990
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Outstanding Medical Student Award, 1993
  • Outstanding Research Award, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1995 - 1996
  • Small Grants Award, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 1997 - 1998
  • ACEP Representative, CDCs National Business and Labor Conference on HIV/AIDS, 1997
  • Clinical Scientist Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • Young Investigator Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 1998
  • Inaugural Recipient of Young Investigator Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 1998
  • K23 Award, National Institute of Health, 2000 - 2005
  • SAEM Fellowship Award: Fellowship Mentor, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2002 - 2004


  • American College of Emergency Physicians, 1993
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 1993

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