The National Center provides an academic home for disaster health scientists within the federal environment. NCDMPH welcomes diverse and respected visiting scholars in a variety of disciplines such as medicine, public health, adult education and social sciences. Scholars contribute to NCDMPH projects and plans by collaborating on critical disaster science and education initiatives.
Current Visiting Scholars include Dr. Nino Kharaishvili, Mr. Michael Walsh, Dr. Paul Auerbach, Dr. Matt Levy, Dr. Scott Deitchman, Dr. Rita Burke, Dr. Kobi Peleg, Dr. Tim Davis, Dr. Dan Barnett, and Dr. Jeff Freeman.
Nino Kharaishvili, MD, MBA, PMP, CMAP is a visiting scholar with the NCDMPH, and currently serves at the Technical Branch Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Kharaishvili leads a team of 25 personnel who specialize in disease surveillance, biosafety, bio security, training, metrics and evaluation, and global health security. She brings to NCDMPH her extensive expertise in in international health, global health security, health system strengthening, and health governance.
Michael Walsh is a PhD Student at the University of London and is a visiting scholar with the NCDMPH. His research explores the interface between biosurveillance and national security. Mr. Walsh currently is serving as the Academic Chair of the Expert Roundtable Series on Biopreparedness at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also recently served as a member of the Expert Work Group on the INDOPACOM Theater Design Study at the US Army War College. Mr. Walsh completed his M.A. at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS and his B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University. He also recently completed a certification on Military Resources in Emergency Management at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, MFAWM, FAAEM is a Visiting Scholar with the NCDMPH and serves as the Redlich Family Professor Emeritus in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine USU. He is co-author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health, editor of the textbook Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors. Dr. Auerbach is a founder of the Wilderness Medical Society, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System. He was a first responder to the earthquakes in Haiti (2010) and Nepal (2015). Dr. Auerbach brings to NCDMPH his international organizational, research and clinical leadership roles in all aspects of providing medical care in austere settings, in particular wilderness medicine and global health. He is a thought leader on climate change and human health, and will assist the National Center in addressing this aspect of disaster medicine.
Matthew Levy, DO, MSc is a Visiting Scholar with the NCDMPH and currently serves as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds leadership roles with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine’s Division of Special Operations, as well as the Johns Hopkins EMS Fellowship, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine. Dr. Levy is also a Clinical Associate Professor and the Medical Director of the UMBC Department of Emergency Health Services. Levy serves as the Medical Director of Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and is a Regional Medical Director with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. His career in Emergency Medical Services spans over twenty five years and began as an EMS Provider. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Levy is a strong advocate for bystander engagement during emergencies and has helped shape programs such as the Stop the Bleed initiative. Dr. Levy brings to NCDMPH his experiences with multiple local, state, federal and international elements related to emergency medical, tactical and disaster medicine.
Scott Deitchman, MD, MPH is a Senior Visiting Scholar with the NCDMPH. Dr. Deitchman is a retired USPHS Rear Admiral with 30 years’ service. As the Associate Director for Environmental Health Emergencies in the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he led CDC’s responses to the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor emergency, and numerous hurricanes. He filled senior roles in CDC’s responses to infectious disease emergencies including the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and was CDC’s liaison in Haiti to the US military Joint Task Force during Operation Unified Response to the 2010 earthquake. RADM Deitchman served in the White House as the Vice President’s Medical Advisor for Homeland Security Affairs. He currently is a Principal with Gordon & Rosenblatt LLC, consulting on prevention and control of waterborne disease outbreaks caused by Legionella and other organisms. He is board certified in Occupational Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and is an alumnus of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Dr. Deitchman brings to NCDMPH his extensive experience, expertise and research interests in crisis leadership during health emergencies, responses to natural and man-made environmental disasters, and promoting effective coordination among diverse response organizations.
Tim Davis, MD, MPH (EIS’97) is a Visiting Scholar with the NCDMPH. Dr. Davis is a retired USPHS Captain (1997-2018), former Branch Chief (CMO) of Operational Medicine, National Disaster Medical System (HHS/ASPR/OEM), an Emory Emergency Medicine Asst. Professor Emeritus (1989-2015), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery (Primary), Military Emergency Medicine (Secondary) at the Uniformed Services University (2005-present), and USAF (1976-1997) LTC Senior Flight Surgeon. His current areas of study include disaster responder safety, military to civilian knowledge transfer, blast injury patterns, surge capacity, information gaps related to large explosions and make-shift bombs as they affect civilian non-combatants and diverse communities. Dr. Davis will lend his considerable expertise on explosives and other kinetic energy incidents causing mass casualties and fatalities, disaster healthcare responder safety and health, and additional support for Stop the Bleed and other ongoing disaster projects.