Charles DiMaggio, PhD,is an injury epidemiologist whose NIH and CDC-funded work includes describing and analyzing the epidemiology of pediatric pedestrian injuries for the New York City Department of Transportation, establishing a surveillance program to track and explain the behavioral health effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in New York, and investigating the developmental and behavioral effects of anesthesia on young children. He has an active interest in the application of epidemiological approaches like Bayesian and spatial models to large data sets, and teaches introductory and advanced methods using the SAS and R programming languages. Dr. DiMaggio's previous positions include chief research scientist with the Nassau County, New York, Department of Health where he worked on a variety of projects including bioterrorism preparedness, syndromic surveillance, and health disparities, and as chief physician assistant and director of research for the emergency department at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York.
American Society of Anesthesiologists Top 10 Best Papers, 2010
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Top 25 Articles of 2006
William Farr Award in Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Pubic Health, 2002
Selected Editorial Boards
Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Disaster Medicine
Peer Reviewer: American Journal of Epidemiology, Annals of Epidemiology, Journal of Disaster Medicine, Injury, Pediatrics, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Critical Care, Journal of Urban Health, Biosecurity
Pedestrian injury continues to rank among the most important causes of childhood morbidity and mortality. In 2005 the US Congress allocated $612 million for a national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to encourage walking and bicycling to schools. While a number of studies have looked at programmatic aspects of SRTS programs and evaluated their impact on children?s physical activity, little is known about the eÃ¯Â¬â‚¬ectiveness of SRTS programs in reducing pedestrian injury risk in school-age children. Building on a prior study of SRTS in New York City, CIEPAC investigators Drs. Charles DiMaggio, Guohua Li and Peter Muennig will evaluate national SRTS efforts to see if they decrease the risk of injury occurrence and severity, and whether SRTS is a cost-effective and worthwhile investment to prevent pediatric pedestrian injury. The evaluation of this large-scale national injury control and prevention initiative will result in the wider dissemination of the best available evidence on cost-effective changes to the built environment to prevent child pedestrian injuries, and the translation of a set of epidemiological tools that communities can use to evaluate their own efforts. The study is responsive to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) research priority of preventing motor vehicle injuries and is consistent with NCIPC criteria of addressing severe, high-cost injuries for which potential solutions are available.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City Dr. DiMaggio was co-principal investigator of a Health Resources and Services Administration project to develop disaster-preparedness curriculum for the Columbia University Health Sciences Campus, directed a CDC project to provide academic resources available to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and was principal investigator of a federal K01-funded project to investigate the population-level behavioral health effects of terrorism and disasters.