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.
Name: Paul Reed, MD, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Faculty Title: Deputy Director, NCDMPH and Assistant Professor of Global Health, USU
CAPT Paul Reed, MD is a senior U.S. Public Health Service officer currently assigned as the Deputy Director at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. NCDMPH is commissioned under Presidential Directive (HSPD-21) to improve the Nation’s disaster health readiness through education and science. CAPT Reed’s principal responsibilities include functioning as the liaison with the Department of Defense (DoD) and other USG stakeholders in the work of the National Center. He is also charged with assisting in the integration and advancement of the National Center’s readiness, collaboration, education and research lines of effort.
CAPT Reed holds faculty appointments in Global Health, Military and Emergency Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in Bethesda, MD.
Immediately prior to his current position, CAPT Reed helped establish the DoD’s Center for Global Health Engagement as its Director for Doctrine and Strategic Partnership as well as interim Director. CAPT Reed served in previous positions as the Deputy Director for Operations in the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps and Director for Global Health Operations for the U.S. Public Health Service, within the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. In these capacities, his responsibilities included support for readiness of volunteers as well as coordinating the readiness and deployment of Commissioned Corps officers for domestic and international operations including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, civic assistance, emergency response and training.
CAPT Reed has extensive experience in operational medicine and applied public health, serving in numerous capacities in both domestic and international humanitarian assistance/disaster response activities.
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: USU Staff Title: Military Disaster Response Coordinator
Colonel (Dr.) Karyn J. Condie, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAFP currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University (USU).
Dr. Condie holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Master of Science and Engineer’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. She received her M.D. from USU in 1999 and her MPH from A.T. Still/Kirksville School of Medicine in 2004. She holds certifications in Public Health and Forensic Death Investigation and received a PhD in Emergency Management and Public Safety in 2013. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Aerospace Physiology. She currently maintains a clinic practice at Malcolm Grow Ambulatory Surgical Center.
Prior to joining USU and the center, Dr. Condie served as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 59th Medical Wing, Lead Public Health Emergency Officer, 502 Air Base Wing, and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisor for disaster medicine. In her military capacity, she has responded to a multitude of domestic incidents.
Dr. Condie is a decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments around the world to include Iraq and Afghanistan.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Faculty Title: Vice Chair, Education; Science Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health
Affiliated Departments: Military & Emergency Medicine,
Medical education, military-civilian knowledge transfer, simulation, combat casualty care
- M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, MD - Emergency Medicine Residency, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA - Transitional Internship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA - M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA - B.S., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, FACEP is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Education of the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, and the Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Goolsby is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, received his medical degree as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from the Tulane University School of Medicine, completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Master of Education in the Health Professions degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Dr. Goolsby is a combat veteran. He served two tours as an Air Force emergency physician in Iraq, prior to joining the faculty at USU. Dr. Goolsby is a national leader in military-to-civilian knowledge transfer efforts; particularly for the Stop the Bleed education program. He has received numerous teaching awards for his work directing tactical combat casualty care education for USU’s military medical students and overseeing interdisciplinary education using mixed modality simulation in a variety of forums. He has numerous ongoing research projects that focus on medical education and military-to-civilian knowledge transfer.
Goolsby, C., Jacobs, L., Hunt, R., Goralnick, E., Singletary, E., Levy, M. Goodloe, J., Epstein, J., Strauss-Riggs, K., Seitz, S., Krohmer, J., Nemeth, I., Rowe, D., Bradley, R., Gestring, M., Kirsch, T., Stop the Bleed Education Consortium: Education Program Content & Delivery Recommendations. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Epub ahead of print 2017 Oct 25. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001732
Givens, M., Muck, A., Goolsby, C. Translating Wartime Innovations to Civilian Emergency Medicine. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. November 2017; 35 (11):1746-1749. Epub ahead of print August, 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.08.24
Goolsby, C. Branting, A., Ausman, J., Williams, D., Ausman, C., David, J., Allard, R. Systematic Review of Live-Tissue v. Simulation Education for Pre-Hospital Trauma Providers. Military Medicine. September/October 2017, vol 182, 9/10:e1824, doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00026
Levy, M., Goolsby, C., Eastman, A. Improvised vs. Commercial Tourniquets. JAMA. 2017 August 8;318(6):575. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8589
Strauss-Riggs, K., Yeskey, K. Miller, A., Arensen, S., Goolsby, C. Translating Battlefield Practices to Disaster Health. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2017 Aug;11(4):510-511. Epub ahead of print February 9, 2017 (doi: 10.1017/dmp.2016.196).
Goolsby, C., Chen, E., Branting, A., Weissbrod, E., David, J., Moore, K., Olsen, C. Analysis of Layperson Tourniquet Application Using a Novel Color-Coded Device. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Vol. 10(2) April 2016. P. 274-280 (Epub February 1, 2016).
Rasmussen, T., Baer, D., Goolsby, C. The Giving Back - Battlefield Lesson to National Preparedness. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Vol. 80(1) January 2016. P. 166-7 (Epub October 29, 2015).
Goolsby, C., Chen, E., Schwartz, J. Patient-Perspective Video Feedback for Trauma Training. Medical Education. Vol. 49: November 2015. P. 1165-1166.
Goolsby, C., Branting A., Chen, E., Mack, E., Olsen, C. Just-in-Time to Save Lives: A Study of Layperson Tourniquet Application. Academic Emergency Medicine. September 2015;22(9): P.1113-7 (Epub August 20, 2015).
Parmar, P., Goolsby, C., Udompanyanan, K., Matesick, L., Burgamy, K., Mower, W. Value of Screening Studies in Medically Cleared Psychiatric Patients. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Nov, 2012. P. 388-393.
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.
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.
Department of Primary Appointment: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Position: USU Staff Title: Communicatons Associate
Ms. Elaine Myada serves as a communications associate for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Prior to joining the center, Ms. Myada held senior leadership positions at Ketchum and Octane Public Relations & Advertising. She provided strategic public and media relations counsel to various clients including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DC Department of Health, and DC Department of Behavioral Health,
Ms. Myada has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University.
Ms. Norma Quintanilla serves as a Project Assistant 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. Ms. Quintanilla graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Global and Community Health. Prior to joining the NCDMPH, Ms. Quintanilla has 9 years of experience in health administration. While pursuing her degree, she worked at the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research as a Research Assistant. Norma, is an active member of Eta Sigma Gamma – a national Health Science/Health Education honor society.
Ms. Ali Acevedo serves as an Administrative Assistant for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), where she provides programmatic and administrative support to the Center Director and other senior technical and professional staff. She also is responsible for supporting analytical and educational projects in collaboration with the NCDMPH team. Prior to joining the NCDMPH, Ms. Acevedo was a Project and Production Manager at HealthiVibe, where she oversaw various clinical trial and patient-centric initiatives ranging from patient advisory boards and mock clinical trial simulations to Study Initiation Meetings and the development of educational medical communications. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mass Communications from Frostburg State University.