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.
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
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 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.
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.
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 and Durkin M. Child pedestrian injury in an urban setting: descriptive epidemiology Academic Emergency Medicine 9(1) 2002
DiMaggio C and Galea S. The behavioral consequences of terrorism: a meta-analysis. Academic Emergency Medicine 13(5): 559-566 2006
DiMaggio C, Galea S and Madrid P Changes in selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor prescription rates following a terrorist attack Psychiatric Services 57(11) 1656-1657 2006
DiMaggio C, Durkin M and Richardson L The association of light trucks and vans with pediatric pedestrian fatality Int J Inj Control and Safety Promotion 13(2): 95-99 2006
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. Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities in Nassau County, NY Nassau County Department of Health Mineola, NY Nassau County Department of Health 2003
Davis R, Lurigio A and Herman S Victims of Crime, 3rd Edition Sage London (In Press) 2006
DiMaggio C. and Li G. Roadway characteristics and pediatric pedestrian injury Epidemiologic Reviews 34(1) 2012
Galea S, Tracy M, Hoggatt J, DiMaggio C, and Karpati A. Estimated deaths attributable to social factors in the United States. Am J Public Health 101(8) 2011
DiMaggio, C. Taxi-Related Pediatric Pedestrian Injuries in New York City Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Research Methdology, Vrije Universiteit 2003
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
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, Galea S, Richardson L. Emergency department visits for behavioral and mental health care after a terrorist attack Annals of Emergency Medicine xx x 2006
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, 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, 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