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.
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 Faculty Title: Vice Chair, Education, USU Military and Emergency Medicine; Science Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health
Affiliated Departments: Military & Emergency Medicine, Affiliated Center: NCDMPH
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 Science 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.
Kelly H. Gulley is responsible for a wide range of research and educational programmatic activities as the Program Manager 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.
Nicole Dacuyan is a Project Manager at the National Center of Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), and is responsible for providing programmatic, administrative, and regulatory oversight and coordination.
Nicole graduated from George Mason University with a MPH in Health Policy, and received her BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. While in the MPH program, Nicole completed a practicum at the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), providing coordination for the Superfund Coalition Campaign, as well as support on various other environmental justice projects.
Prior to joining the NCDMPH team, Nicole worked as a Project Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) within the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
Raphaelle H. Rodzik is a Project Coordinator with the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) responsible for a range of research and educational projects, including work in hospital systems modeling and the Stop the Bleed At School initiative.
Prior to joining the National Center, Raphaelle worked for three years as an Epidemiologist II in Communicable & Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness at the Tennessee Department of Health, specifically with the Healthcare Associated Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance team. From 2010-2015, Raphaelle worked at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Emergency Medicine as a Senior Research Program Coordinator.
Raphaelle received her Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2009. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a minor in Social Studies of Medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
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.
Ms. Alice O'Donnell serves as the Project Coordinator for Strategic Operations for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. She is responsible for managing/conducting analytical, research, and educational projects in collaboration with others as well as contributing to the overall strategic programming for the center. Prior to her current role, Ms. O'Donnell was the managing editor for the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Journal, Inc. where she oversaw all aspects of the Journal's peer review, production, and publication, both print and online. She also worked with the Editors and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. to develop and implement marketing outreach strategies to the multidisciplinary and global subscriber-ship, and represented 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.
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.
Kimberly Stoudt is an Instructional Design & Assessment Specialist with the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) responsible for research and development of educational tools and curricula supporting the national School Age Trauma Training program.
Dr. Stoudt is a nationally certified athletic trainer and emergency medical technician. Prior to joining the National Center, Dr. Stoudt worked as an Exercise Physiology Education Specialist & Senior Physical Education Scientist for the Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC) at the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), another USU center that works to optimize the health and fitness of our warfighters. She was responsible for preparing documents, presentations, white papers, and other technology driven efforts to educate Warfighters, Commanders, and health care professionals in the area of exercise physiology and human performance in accordance with Department of Defense missions and objectives. While at CHAMP she also served on the Performance Triad Activity Group for the US Army Surgeon General.
Dr. Stoudt has served on medical teams at the college and elite levels, including the United States Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista, as well as at the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games for ice hockey athletes from the United States and visiting countries, Ironman U.S. Championships, Pennsylvania State University Beaver Stadium, Marine Corps, New York City and Philadelphia Marathons, Keystone State Games and the National Hockey Festival. She coordinates the Sports Medicine Team for the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games.
As a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Surge Medical Assistance Response Team, Dr. Stoudt assists with preparations for natural or man-made disasters. Her role on an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team is to provide assistance during family and community emergencies. She also serves on the Medical Reserve Corps.
Dr. Stoudt has presented at international conferences in Egypt, Thailand, Germany, Italy and Spain and has served as a faculty leader on study-abroad and mission trips to Australia, Ecuador, Greece, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. As Academic Director for English through Academics, Athletics, and the Arts Abroad (ETA4), she led trips to Vietnam and Taiwan.
Dr. Stoudt received her Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) in Education, Innovation & Leadership from Wilmington University. She received her Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Health Education and her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise and Sport Science from The Pennsylvania State 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.
Aaron Hinton serves as an Administrative Assistant for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), where he provides programmatic and administrative support to the Center Director and other senior technical and professional staff. He is also responsible for supporting analytical and educational projects in collaboration with the NCDMPH staff. Aaron recently received his B.A. in Psychology from Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. Aaron has several years of healthcare experience providing both clinical and clerical support at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Georgetown University Hospital and at The Neurology Center in Washington, DC.