Gai Cole, Dr.P.H., M.B.A., M.H.A.

Executive DirectorPACER

Gai Cole, Dr.P.H., M.B.A., M.H.A., is the executive director for The National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), where he directs multi-institutional research and education programs focused on medical and public health preparedness strategies, response capabilities and surge capacity. Cole is an investigator on PACER's Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS) Version 2.0 project, Tribal Colleges and Universities Research Scholars Program and Medical Surge Capacity Metrics. His own research focuses on leveraging the practices of clinical staff to optimize billing and revenue capture and reduce healthcare costs. He is also involved in research focused on surge capacity, telemedicine, staffing models and productivity analysis in international clinical settings.

Cole is the assistant administrator for Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he is responsible for management and coordination of all administrative and operational functions in the department as well as clinical process improvement, operations integration and revenue enhancement. He assists in design and management of all clinical operations; research integration; and strategic planning for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He also serves as the administration and finance officer for Maryland's Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT); as senior advisor for Strategic Planning to the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR); and as a committee member for the Johns Hopkins University Committee on crisis response.

Cole is a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a research associate, his responsibilities include teaching at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health as well as the undergraduate campus at Homewood.