Dr. Thomas Kirsch is the Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and a Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a board-certified emergency physician and expert in disaster management and science, austere medicine and health care management. He comes to NCDMPH from Johns Hopkins University where he was a Professor of Medicine (Emergency Medicine), Public Health (International Health) and Engineering (Civil Engineering).
Dr. Kirsch has authored over 100 scientific articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, and co-authored the austere medical textbook, Emergent Field Medicine (VanRooyen-Kirsch). He is a globally recognized teacher who has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on disaster and emergency medicine issues.While at Johns Hopkins he founded and was the Director of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Austere Medicine course and the Disaster Medicine Fellowship. He has also taught masters and doctorate-level courses in the Hopkins School of Public Health and School of Medicine.
He also has real experience in disasters and humanitarian emergencies, and has responded to events including hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012), the NYC response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks (2001) in the USA. Also to global disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti (2010), Chile (2010) and New Zealand (2011), the floods in Pakistan (2010) and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013).He has consulted on disaster and humanitarian related issues for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the American and Canadian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
In 2013 he received the inaugural, ‘Disaster Science Award’ from the American College of Emergency Physicians and in 2014 the Clara Barton Award for Leadership from the American Red Cross.He was also recognized as a ‘Hero in Healthcare Fighting Ebola’ by President Obama in a White House ceremony in 2014.
He received a BA in Fine Arts from Creighton University, his M.D. from the University of Nebraska and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the George Washington-Georgetown Combined Program. He lives with his wife, Celene in Bethesda, Maryland while his two sons attend college.He likes to walk, is an avid backpacker and canyoneer, would like to read more history, and dabbles in photography.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Staff Title: Senior Science Advisor
Dr. Keim is the Chief Executive Officer for DisasterDoc LLC, specializing in consultation, education and research related to public health emergencies. He is also an adjunct professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health and faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Harvard Medical School, Disaster Medicine Fellowship.
Mark is residency-trained in Emergency Medicine (Albany, NY) and fellowship-trained in Disaster Medicine (Emory University). He most recently earned an MBA degree at Emory University Goizueta School of Business in 2014.
Mark is retired from CDC, where he served as Associate Director for Science for the CDC Office for Environmental Health Emergencies, and twice received the DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service as CDC’s incident manager for Anthrax and Katrina; as well as the CDC Special Service Award for leading field response after the Indonesia tsunami. In 2015, he received the prestigious UN Sasakawa Certificate of Merit recognizing global impact on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Dr. Keim is the author of 46 journal publications and 23 book chapters. He has served as a peer review consultant for 21 scientific journals and on the editorial board of 4 scientific journals. His press interviews have appeared on CNN, PBS, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, The Lancet and Scientific American.
Mark’s research interests include: disaster risk reduction; performance management; climate change and extreme events; quality control applied to emergency operations; competency based disaster education; and capability based disaster planning.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: Leadership Title: Deputy Director
Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, FACEP is the Vice Chair for Education in the Uniformed Services University's (USU) Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, and the Director of the Hybrid Simulation Lab at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center. Dr. Goolsby is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, received his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his Master of Education in the Health Professions program at Johns Hopkins University in 2016.
Dr. Goolsby deployed twice to Iraq as an Air Force emergency physician prior to accepting his current position at USU. He directs tactical combat casualty care training for the school's military medical students. His research interests are medical education, tactical combat casualty care, military to civilian knowledge transfer, and hybrid simulation.
Ms. Strauss-Riggs provides guidance to the Center team as she works with them to develop the academic program of the National Center. Kandra is particularly interested in the needs of children in disasters and in building resilience at the local level. Ms. Strauss-Riggs also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the Boston University Healthcare Emergency Management Program in the BU School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the National Center, Ms. Strauss-Riggs served as Program Director for Research at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) where she coordinated the growth of A.S.P.E.N.'s complex research program in nutrition support. Earlier in her career, Kandra served as a Project Coordinator with the National Education Association's Health Information Network where she implemented and evaluated programs serving the health education needs of the NEA's 3.2 million members.
Ms. Strauss-Riggs has a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Guilford College and a Master's in Public Health degree from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She has two young children, Noah and Madeleine.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Staff Title: Project Coordinator
Lacy Cook joined the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) as a Project Coordinator in April 2017.
Lacy completed the Masters of Public Health/Masters of Business Administration dual degree program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2016. She also received a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy from JHSPH. During her studies, Lacy was awarded a Department of Defense Pathways Internship with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Muhlenberg College in 2011.
Lacy is a certified Emergency Medical Technician ̶̶ serving most recently with Jersey City Medical Center EMS in New Jersey. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Educational Teaching and Research Associate for the Health Professions Education program at USUHS.
Kelly H. Gulley is responsible for a wide range of research and educational projects from development, organization to implementation as the Project Coordinator for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH).
Kelly received her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2016. Through her degree program, Kelly completed a practicum with the Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the division of At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, & Community Resilience. Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College with a double minor in Anthropology and Spanish.
Prior to joining the NCDMPH, Kelly worked at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) as a Residency Coordinator for both the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program and the Occupational & Environmental Residency program.
Ms. Victoria Klimczak serves as a Project Coordinator for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), where she is responsible for a wide range of research and educational projects from development, organization and implementation. Prior to joining the NCDMPH, Ms. Klimczak has 20 years of military service and recently worked at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences (USU) as the Graduate Education and Navy Company Senior Enlisted Advisor.
Ms. Klimczak received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Cincinnati.
As Managing Editor, Ms. O'Donnell oversees all aspects of the Journal's peer review, production, and publication, both print and online. She also works with the Editors and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health to develop and implement marketing outreach strategies to the multidisciplinary and global subscribership, as well as represent the Journal at various medical and public health meetings.
Alice worked as a publisher for several prestigious scholarly societies prior to joining NCDMPH/SDMPH, and is a strong proponent of the latest technologies to disseminate knowledge as quickly as possible to the various communities. Alice has a BA in History, and began her publishing career in Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) as well as being a Volunteer Teacher with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Staff Title: Research Associate
Luis E. Rojas is responsible for providing administrative support to Military Emergency Medicine (MEM) and NCDMPH projects. He manages qualitative and quantitative research projects in collaboration with others. Luis recently graduated from Georgetown University with a M.S in Physiology and Biophysics, and received his B.A in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Queens College in NY. Prior to joining the NCDMPH team, Luis worked as a Research Assistant for the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Staff Title: Executive Assistant
Ms. Kathy Libert is an Executive Assitant for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH). In this role, she provides executive and administrative support to the Director of the National Center and all employees. Ms. Libert brings more than 15 years of experience to this role and is an expert in office management, business writing and meeting scheduling and planning.
Ms. Libert received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Hood College and specialized in working with terminally and mentally ill children, and adults.
Prior to joining NCDMPH, Kathy spent 25 years in government contracting as a technical writer, business requirements analyst and government meeting planner.