Charles DiMaggio

Charles DiMaggio

Charles DiMaggio

I hope to contribute in some small way to the efforts of someone I may not have met, to improving the health, happiness and well-being of someone who may not even be born yet.
Adjunct Associate Professor of
Epidemiology at CUMC


622 West 168 St. Rm. PH5-531
New York NY 10032
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Charles DiMaggio is an injury epidemiologist whose NIH and CDC-funded work includes describing and analyzing the epidemiology of pediatric pedestrian injuries and the effectiveness of the national Safe Routes to School Program, conducting surveillance 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 worked on a variety of public-health related issues including bioterrorism preparedness, syndromic surveillance, and health disparities, and has an active interest in the epidemiological application of Bayesian and spatial models to population health, and large data sets. He teaches introductory and advanced methods using the SAS and R programming languages. Dr. DiMaggio is Professor of Surgery and Population Health at New York University School of Medicine in the division of trauma and critical care. He holds an adjunct position in the department of epidemiology at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health where he was previously associate professor of anesthesiology and epidemiology. His prior positions also include research director for the Columbia Center for Injury Epidemiology and Control, research scientist with the Nassau County, NY, Department of Health, and as chief physician assistant and director of research for the emergency department at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center in NY.



PhD, 2002, Columbia University
MPH, 1993, Columbia University
BS, 1984, St. John's University

Mailman Affiliations

Adjunct Affiliated Faculty, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

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

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

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

Areas of Expertise

Bayesian Methods, Big Data, Spatial Analysis, Injury Prevention, Urban Health

Select Urban Health Activities

Safe Routes to School National Evaluation: 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 effectiveness 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.
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: 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.
Effects of Childhood Anesthesia Exposure: Co-investigator in an FDA and NIH funded effort to assess the possible behavioral and developmental effects of early anesthesia exposure in young children.

Select Global Activities

Disaster Preparedness: Lectured to international audiences, including the China CDC on topics related to the public health aspects of disaster preparedness.
International Centers for Excellence in Malaria Research, India, Uganda: Serves as scientific advisory group member for NIH-funded malaria research centers in Uganda and India.

Select Publications

DiMaggio C, Ayoung-Chee P, Shinseki M, Wilson C, Marshall G, Lee DC, c, Wall S, Maulana S, Pachter HL, Frangos S. Traumatic injury in the United States: In-patient epidemiology 2000–2011. Injury. Online ahead of print 22 April 2016.
DiMaggio C, Mooney S, Frangos S, Wall S. Spatial analysis of the association of alcohol outlets and alcohol-related pedestrian/bicyclist injuries in New York City. Injury Epidemiology, April 2016: 3(1), 1-10.
DiMaggio C. Small-area spatiotemporal analysis of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries in New York City 2001-2010. Epidemiology. 26(2): March 2015.
Mooney SJ, DiMaggio CJ, Lovasi GS, Neckerman KM, Bader MDM, Teitler JO, Sheehan DM, Jack DW, Rundle AG. Assessing Environmental Contributions to Pedestrian Injury Risk Using Google Street View. Am J Public Health, 2016 Mar;106(3):462-9.
DiMaggio C, Sun L, Kakavouli A, Byrne MW, Li G. A retrospective cohort study of the association of anesthesia and hernia repair surgery with behavioral and developmental disorders in young children. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. 2009; 21(4):286-291.
DiMaggio C. and Li G. Roadway characteristics and pediatric pedestrian injury Epidemiologic Reviews 34(1) 2012
DiMaggio, C. Sun, L. Li, G. Early childhood exposure to anesthesia and risk of developmental and behavioral disorders in a sibling birth cohort. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2011 Nov; 113(5): 1143-51.
DiMaggio, C. Taxi-Related Pediatric Pedestrian Injuries in New York City Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Research Methdology, Vrije Universiteit 2003
Charles DiMaggio SAS for Epidemiologists Springer 2012
DiMaggio, C. Sun, L. Li, G. Early childhood exposure to anesthesia and risk of developmental and behavioral disorders in a sibling birth cohort. Anesthesia and Analgesia 113(5) 2011
DiMaggio C. and Durkin M. Child pedestrian injury in an urban setting: descriptive epidemiology. Academic Emergency Medicine 9(1) 54-62 2002
DiMaggio C, Markenson D, Loo G and Redlener I. The willingness of US emergency medical technicians to respond to terrorist incidents Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 3(4) 331-337 2005
DiMaggio C, Markenson D and Redlener I Preparing for disasters: what should you know and when should you know it? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 18(3) 40-48 2005
DiMaggio C, Galea S, Richardson L. Emergency department visits for behavioral and mental health care after a terrorist attack Annals of Emergency Medicine xx x 2006
DiMaggio C and Durkin M. Child pedestrian injury in an urban setting: descriptive epidemiology Academic Emergency Medicine 9(1) 2002
Li G, Baker SP, Zhao Q, Brady JE, Lang BH, Rebok GW, DiMaggio C. Drug violations and aviation accidents: findings from the US mandatory drug testing programs. Addiction 106(7) 2011
DiMaggio, C, Galea S, Li G. Substance use and misuse in the aftermath of terrorism. A synthesis of the evidence and a meta-regression Addiction 104 2009
DiMaggio C, Sun LS, Ing C, Li G Pediatric Anesthesia and Neurodevelopmental Impairments: A Bayesian Meta-analysis J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 24(4) 2012 2012
3. Ing C, DiMaggio C, Whitehouse A, Hegarty MK, Brady J, von Ungern-Sternberg BS, Davidson A, Wood AJ, Li G, Sun LS. Long-term differences in language and cognitive function after childhood exposure to anesthesia. Pediatrics 130(3) 2012
DiMaggio C, Markenson D, Henning K, Zimmerman R and Redlener I. Partnership for preparedness: a model of academic public health Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 12(1) 22-27 2005
DiMaggio C, Galea S, Vlahov D Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling of substance abuse patterns following a mass trauma: the role of time and place. Subst Use Misuse 44(12) 2009

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