Thomas F. “Tom” Kirsch, MN 06 is an emergency physician and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Public Health.
His work focuses on disaster and humanitarian response, and also wilderness medicine. He has published 65 peer review scientific articles in major journals, including in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr.Kirsch has conducted post-disaster field studies or responded to major events such as 9/11 in NYC (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), California wildfires (2007), Haitian earthquake and Pakistan floods (2010), Chile and New Zealand earthquakes (2011), hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York (2012), the Philippines typhoon (2013).
In 2014 he worked on Ebola epidemic in Liberia.
He has received a number of awards, including in 2013 the inaugural Disaster Scientist Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2014 the Clara Barton National Volunteer Leadership Award from the American Red Cross and in October 2014 he was invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and leading figures from the Administration in a ceremony and discussion to honor the, ‘Heroes in Healthcare Fighting Ebola’.