Hopkins on the Hill: How Do You Prepare for a Highly Infectious Disease?

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Johns Hopkins hosts one of ten Biocontainment Units (BCUs) around the country. They stand ready at all times to treat patients with highly infectious diseases while ensuring our healthcare workers and the surrounding community stays safe. Originally built to provide treatment for patients with Ebola, the Johns Hopkins BCU is leading the response of Johns Hopkins in treating COVID-19 patients, while simultaneously preparing for the next possible pandemic. Join Brian Garibaldi (MD), Medical Director of the BCU, and some of the BCU staff to learn about pandemic preparedness.


Brian GaribaldiBrian Garibaldi, MD, is the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit (BCU), one of 10 federally funded BCUs that provide care for patients infected with high consequence pathogens such as Ebola virus disease. He is also an associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, where he attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and the Interstitial Lung Disease clinic. Dr. Garibaldi has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges of the biocontainment environment and understands the specific threats to both health care worker and patient safety in the setting of highly infectious diseases. In addition to caring for patients with COVID-19, he is the director of the newly established COVID-19 Precision Medicine Center of Excellence, which houses the JH-CROWN clinical registry. In addition, Dr. Garibaldi is an accomplished clinical educator. In 2017, he co-founded, and became the first president of the Society of Bedside Medicine, an organization devoted to education, innovation and research on the role of the clinical encounter in 21st century medicine. Dr. Garibaldi grew up in New York City and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in biological anthropology. Before earning his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he spent a year studying flamenco and classical guitar in Spain as part of the John Finley Fellowship from Harvard College. He completed his internal medicine residency as well as pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. 

kaKeri N. Althoff, PhD, is the Provost’s Fellow for Research Communication and an associate professor of epidemiology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. As a Provost’s Fellow, she is expanding our institutional capacity to share research achievements. Dr. Althoff's research interest is aging in the context of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. She serves as the co-director of the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD), which is a collaboration of more than 20 longitudinal HIV cohort studies of adults with individual-level harmonized data. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa, then her MPH and PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to becoming an accomplished epidemiologist, Dr. Althoff worked in public relations and journalism. Her skills and passion for sharing research with broad audiences make her the perfect host for Hopkins on the Hill at Home 2021. 

The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

 Event Date
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
United States of America
Hopkins at Home