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Guohua Li

Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons (home dept.)

Guohua Li, DrPH, MD, is the Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology and the founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention. His research focuses on population-based, injury-related, and policy-oriented studies that encompass novel epidemiological designs, innovative statistical techniques, and complex data systems. He has published extensively on the role of alcohol and other drugs in injury causation and trauma outcomes. Currently, Dr. Li is working on projects aimed at understanding and controlling the epidemic of drug overdose and drugged driving, and uncovering the dynamics of injury risk and injury-disease interaction during the process of aging.

Dr. Li is the instructor for the course Clinical Epidemiology (P8450). He also directs the clinical research program in perioperative care and critical care at the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Areas of interest include developing practical tools for measuring and monitoring the safety and quality of anesthesia care, identifying and intervening on risk factors for major postoperative complications, and evaluating the long-term effects of trauma and critical illnesses on cognitive functions and health outcomes.
Education & Training:

    DrPH, 1993, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)

    MS, 1987, Tongji Medical University (Wuhan, China)

    MD, 1984, Beijing Medical University (Beijing, China)


Mailman School Affiliations:

    Additional Affiliations:

    • Member, American Public Health Association
    • Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
    • Member, Aerospace Medical Association
    • Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists
    • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Honors and Awards:
    • William Haddon Jr. Fellowship, 1989
    • FIRST Award, NIAAA/NIH, 1994-1999
    • Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize, 1999
    • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005
    • John Paul Stapp Award, 2009
    • Selected Editorial Boards

      • Editor-in-Chief, Injury Epidemiology (www.injepijournal.com)
      • Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention
      • Statistical Editor, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
      Injury Control Research Center
      The Center, based at Tongji Medical College School of Public Health, in Wuhan, China, is an academic program aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of unintentional and intentional injuries in different population groups. As the founding director, Dr. Li oversees the development of training curriculum and research projects and advises graduate students and junior faculty. Current work at the Center includes studies of drowning, injury to children of migrant workers in rural areas, seatbelt use by car occupants, safety helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists, suicide in young women, and emergency department-based injury surveillance.

    Selected Publications:
    • Li G, Brady JE, Chen Q. “Drug use and fatal motor vehicle crashes: a case-control study.” Accident Analysis and Prevention 60:205-210; 2013.
    • Li G, Baker SP, ed. “Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches.” New York, NY: Springer, 2012.
    • Li MC, Brady JE, DiMaggio CJ, Lusardi AR, Tzong KY, Li G. “Marijuana use and motor vehicle crashes.” Epidemiologic Reviews 34:65-72; 2012.
    • Qiang Y, Baker SP, Rebok GW, Li G. Body mass index and cardiovascular disease in a birth cohort of commuter air carrier and air taxi pilots. Annals of Epidemiology 15: 247-252; 2005.
    • Li G, Baker SP, Qiang Y, Grabowski JG, McCarthy ML. Driving-while-intoxicated history as a risk marker for general aviation pilots. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 37 179-184 2005
    • Keyes KM, Li G. “A multiphase method for estimating cohort effects in age-period contingency table data.” Annals of Epidemiology 20:779-785; 2010.
    • Li G, Baker SP, Grabowski JG, Qiang Y, McCarthy ML, Rebok GW. Age, flight experience, and risk of crash involvement in a cohort of professional pilots. American Journal of Epidemiology 157: 874-880; 2003.
    • Brady JE, Baker SP, Dimaggio C, McCarthy ML, Rebok GW, Li G. “Effectiveness of mandatory alcohol testing programs in reducing alcohol involvement in fatal motor carrier crashes.” American Journal of Epidemiology 170:775-782; 2009.
    • Shahpar C, Li G. Homicide mortality in the United States, 1935-1994: age, period, and cohort effects. American Journal of Epidemiology 150 1213-1222 1999
    • Li G, Baker SP. "Crash risk in general aviation." JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 297: 1596-1598; 2007.

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