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Lauren M. Sauer, MS
Contributing Scholar

Lauren M. Sauer, MS
Lauren M. Sauer, MS

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Professional Profile

Ms. Sauer is a Contributing Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Her research interests are disaster impact assessments, volunteerism in disasters, quality of aid in disaster response, and hospital surge capacity.

Ms. Sauer’s primary position at Johns Hopkins is as Director of Operations with the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and a Research Associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a Doctoral Candidate in health and public policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studies quality of aid in response to disasters and the effects of disasters on healthcare infrastructure. She joined the Department of Health Policy and Management in 2005 and became a research faculty member in 2011. Ms. Sauer is also the program manager for the National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response, a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence. She is the current chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Disaster Interest Group and the codirector of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine disaster course.

She is a core team leader on the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a deployable medical asset. She has worked remotely and on the ground for several disaster responses, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 California wildfires, the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods and, more recently, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

Ms. Sauer has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of disaster medicine topics. She has also participated in the US Navy’s Continuing Promise missions in 2010 and 2011 and its Pacific Partnership mission in 2012. She has authored and coauthored numerous publications in disaster medicine, public health preparedness, and surge capacity metrics. She is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine.

Ms. Sauer received an MS in public health preparedness and homeland security management from Towson University and a BA in geophysics and planetary science from Boston University.


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