Eric K. Noji, M.D.

"...Physician, scientist, legendary teacher, world-renown author, uncompromising innovator and humanitarian visionary. An almost mythic aura has grown around my dear friend Eric (who is the most shy, self-effacing person I have ever met whose brilliance is exceeded only by his generosity of spirit and personal warmth).  The adulation showered upon him by his peers and students has made him quite the disaster celebrity, actually an icon within our small community of humanitarian aid professionals..."

   -  Sergio Vieira De Mello (1948-2003).  Describing his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Eric Noji in a soon-to-be published biography of Mr. Vieira de Mello entitled "Between East and West, Heaven and Earth"

Dr Eric K. Noji is a physician trained in Emergency Medicine, Epidemiology and Tropical diseases who retired in October 2007 after a distinguished 20 year career in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before joining the CDC in 1988, Dr. Noji was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an Attending Emergency Physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Johns Hopkins and the CDC he acquired extensive domestic and international experience in responding to natural, technological and industrial disasters, bioterrorism, violent civil conflict, epidemics, wars and other humanitarian crises affecting millions of people.

From 1996-2001 CDC assigned Noji to the World Health Organization's Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Geneva, Switzerland where he served as Director of Global Health Intelligence for Emergencies responsible for monitoring the health of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations around the world (including early warning of pandemic avian and swine flu and other causes of catastrophic life-threatening potential).  

Noji is a member of the editorial board for eight peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has authored more than 200 articles and scientific papers and 31 book chapters on disaster medicine, field applications of epidemiology in mass emergencies, clinical toxicology and the public health response to natural disasters, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, refugee crises, famine and complex humanitarian emergencies. Noji's Public Health Consequences of Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2003) is still the most widely used educational textbook on these topics.  In 2005, he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science for pioneering work in establishing much of the scientific basis for the public health response to natural disasters, refugee crises, technological emergencies and the development of medical biodefense countermeasures.

Noji, a Honolulu, Hawaii native, graduated from Stanford, and completed his medical studies, graduate work and residency training at the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In 2006-2007, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, and from 1999 to 2008 served as President of the Society of Alumni of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health. He continues to regularly advise senior government officials, international organizations, universities and the corporate community on pandemic flu planning, continuity of operations and health diplomacy policy.

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