Mark Keim, M.D., ’91, Emergency Medicine


Dr. Keim serves as the senior science advisor for the Office of the Director in the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also an adjunct professor at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a clinical associate professor with the Department of International Health and Development at Tulane University School of Public health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Keim has provided consultation for the management of hundreds of disasters involving the health of millions of people. He initially became interested in disasters when he and his family were rendered homeless as a victim of the Marion, Illinois tornado of 1982. While attending SIU School of Medicine, he participated in the “Quakers,” a multi-sectoral committee focusing on the risk or earthquakes in Illinois. In 1996, he served as a technical consultant to the FBI Science and Technology Center in preparation for terrorism at the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1998, he was appointed by the US Surgeon General to organize disaster recovery efforts after the Al Qaida bombings of the US embassies in Africa.

Dr. Keim twice received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for the World Trade Center and Anthrax letter emergencies in 2001 and again for Hurricane Katrina in 2006. In 2005, he also received the CDC Special Act of Service Award for his work in leading the US health sector response in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami. He has recently been in¬volved in developing a long-term public health recovery strategy for Haiti after the earthquake.

Dr. Keim is the author of several hundred scientific presentations, 30 journal publications and 12 book chapters involving terrorism, environmental health, emergency medicine, toxicology, global health and disaster management. He has served as a member of the White House Science and Technology Council Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction since 2006. In 2009, he was selected by the United Nations intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as a review editor in preparation of the Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” Mark serves on the editorial board of four major scientific journals related to disasters. He is a section editor for the Hawaii Journal of Public Health and is a peer review consultant for six major scientific journals. His press interviews have appeared on CNN and in numerous national and international network television programs and newspapers including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.