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Dr. Mark Keim helps people all over the world to better understand disasters so that they can protect themselves, their families and their communities.

Author, speaker, consultant and the founder of DisasterDoc™, Mark is one the most widely recognized disaster medical experts in the world. In 2012, recognized his as among the top 1% most viewed profiles (out of 200 million worldwide). Since its inception in 2015, DisasterDoc, has contracted with prestigious organizations such as: the WHO, NACCHO, ASTHO, CDC and the Henry Jackson Foundation.

Throughout his 16-year career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mark provided life-saving knowledge to thousands of people worldwide. He directed and advised on dozens of disasters and won numerous honors, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award for his contributions after 9/11, the 2001 Anthrax letter emergencies and Hurricane Katrina.

Mark values education, both as a student and an instructor. He earned a BS and MD from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business. He now serves as faculty member at Harvard Medical School Disaster Medicine Fellowship and as Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. Additionally, Mark has written 52 scientific articles and 23 book chapters and served on The White House Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Mark Keim



“I selected Dr. Keim to serve as the night shift director of the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the (2001) anthrax outbreak.  The EOC coordinated the CDC resources involved in the response.  Of the many candidates, I selected Dr. Keim because of his superior understanding of bioterrorism; his unquestionable integrity; his mature judgment; and his ability to supervise and manage other professionals in a complex and stressful environment”.

– Kevin Yeskey, M.D., FACEP
Former Director, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Linda Rudolph

“I worked with Dr. Mark Keim in planning the Governor’s Conference on Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change in California. Dr. Keim provided unusually helpful and insightful input and expertise during the planning process, and then gave an excellent presentation that was entertaining,extremely informative, and very well-suited for the audience. I would be happy to have further opportunities to work with Dr. Keim.”

– Linda Rudolph Center for Climate Change and Health