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Amesh Adalja
Amesh Adalja, MD, FIDSA
Senior Scholar
Expertise: Infectious diseases; critical care (ICU); emergency medicine


Professional Profile

Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine.

Dr. Adalja is currently a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee, the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Diagnostics Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the IDSA Public Health Committee and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. He has also served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings, the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, as well as a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery. Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism). He was a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, and he has published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He also has served as a book reviewer for JAMA.

Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (for whom he serves as a media spokesperson), the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Adalja completed 2 fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee.

He is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and he obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Adalja is a native of Butler, Pennsylvania.


Recent Publications


Health Security, Vol 15, August 2017


Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2017;65(3):495–500


Health Security, Vol 15, January 2017


American Journal of Infection Control. December 2016

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