Dr. Tom Kirsch MN’06, Director of Center for Refugee and Disease Response at Johns Hopkins University, discussed the “Ebola in West Africa and the USA – Myths and Realities” at the Jan. 16, 2016 ECWG dinner at the Cosmos Club.
Dr. Kirsch worked in Liberia in October 2014 during the height of the epidemic and continues to help the country recover. He discussed the medical realities of the illness, the world response, and some of the concerning ongoing cases related to this significant global event.
Dr. Kirsch is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Emergency Medicine (School of Medicine), Department of International Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health) and Department of Civil Engineering (Whiting School of Engineering).
He received a BA in Fine Arts from Creighton University, his M.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1984 and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1986 and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the George Washington-Georgetown Combined Program.
He is a board-certified emergency physician and expert in disaster management and science, wilderness medicine and health care management.
Dr. Kirsch has authored over 100 scientific articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, and co- authored the disaster medical textbook, Emergent Field Medicine.