Humanitarian Health Action

Dr Erik K. Noji

Dr Eric K. Noji, MD, MPH, a recently retired CDC medical officer has provided extensive domestic and international service responding to natural, toxicological, industrial, and other technological disasters, terrorism, violent civil conflict and wars, and other humanitarian crises.

While at the CDC, he established a section to study the epidemiology of natural disasters, later taking charge of the refugee and complex emergency program, which worked primarily in crisis areas including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Congo, and the Balkans. From 1996 to 2000 CDC seconded Dr. Noji to WHO’s Department of Emergency & Humanitarian where he served as Director of Global Health Intelligence for Emergencies. The program he led was responsible for assessing the medical needs of and monitoring the health of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations around the world.

After returning from Geneva, Dr. Noji was Associate Director of Bio-Emergency Preparedness and Response, a Program within the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and during the anthrax crises in the fall of 2001, Dr. Noji was assigned to the White House Office of Homeland Security in the Executive Office of the President

During 2003, Dr. Noji served as Deputy Medical Director of the US Government’s Humanitarian Assistance Mission for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the program responsible for the rapid determination of the medical and health needs of the Iraqi civilian population. Dr. Noji most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response to the Director of CDC in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of the most widely used textbook on these topics, The Public Health Consequences of Disasters (Oxford University Press), now entering its second edition. In October, 2005 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a most select honor.