Thomas D. Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P

Principal InvestigatorPACER

Dr. Kirsch is the Primary Investigator on PACER's Triage Tool for Accurate Disposition of Patients in Disaster Response project.

Dr. Kirsch is the author of 50 scientific articles dozens of abstracts and 14 textbook chapters.  He is also authored the disaster medical textbook (VanRooyen-Kirsch-Emergent Field Medicine).

He has presented at numerous national and international conferences.  He serves on the Editorial Board for the American Medical Association's journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Reports and the Annals of Emergency Medicine and was the editor of the international section of the Annals of Emergency Medicine from 1995-2000. His research activities focus on:  1. Developing methods to measure the impact and quality of disaster response; 2. Working with the engineering community to assessing the impact on, and resiliency of healthcare systems in disaster (particularly earthquakes); 3.  Creating physiologic triage tools to improve hospital resource utilization in a disaster response.

Dr. Kirsch has served as the National Physician Advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services, and has consulted on disaster-related issues for the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.  He has real-life disaster experience from local incidents to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the NYC response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand and the 2010 floods in Pakistan.  Most recently he served as a consultant to the Departments of State and Defense to assess the entire US government's response to the Haitian earthquake.

He has extensive business experience including positions as the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital, the Vice President and Medical Director of a hospital management company and founding an emergency physician management group.