Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer

Assistant Professor
Medicine and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven, B4
New York NY United States 10032
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Craig Spencer MD MPH is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Craig completed a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Columbia University where he received a Masters in Public Health in Forced Migration and Health. He currently divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally in public health. He has worked in Africa and Southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects examining access to medical care and human rights, including measuring mortality and maternal health in Burundi, access to legal documentation in Indonesia, child separation in emergencies in D.R. Congo and South Sudan, and coordinating Doctors Without Borders national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak. In addition to his international public health work, Craig has provided medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, West Africa and most recently with Doctors Without Borders in Burundi, East Africa and on a medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean.



MD, 2008, Wayne State University School of Medicine
MPH, 2013, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

Academic Appointments

Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine

Other Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Global Health, Human Rights, Refugee Health, Emerging Infections

Select Publications

Spencer, C. Having and Fighting Ebola - Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient. New England Journal of Medicine. Feb 25, 2015.
Spencer, C. Europe's Recipe for Crisis and Chaos in the Mediterranean. Politico Europe. Published online. July 26, 2017.
Spencer, C. Americas Dangerous and Dwindling Commitment to Global Health. The Hill. Published online February 13, 2017.
Spencer, C. Ebola Isn't Over Yet. New York Times. August 17, 2015.
Spencer, CA. Respiratory Disease. In Chandra, A and Dasco, M. eds. Tarascon Global Health Pocketbook. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2010.
Moreau M, Spencer C, Gozalbes JG, Colebunders R, Lefevre A, Gryseels S, Borremans B, Gunther S, Becker D, Bore JA, Koundouno FR, Di Caro A, Wolfel R, Decroo T, Van Herp M, Peetermans L, Camara AM. Lactating mothers infected with Ebola virus: EBOV RT-PCR of blood only may be insufficient. Euro Surveill. 2015;20(3):pii=21017.
Spina A, Lenglet A, Beversluis D, de Jong M, Vernier L, Spencer C, et al. (2017) A large outbreak of Hepatitis E virus genotype 1 infection in an urban setting in Chad likely linked to household level transmission factors, 2016-2017. PLoS ONE 12(11): e0188240. pone.0188240
Stark, L., Rubenstein, B., Mansourian, H., Spencer, C., Noble, E., Chisolm-Straker, M. Estimating child separation in emergencies: Results from North Kivu, Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 52, February 2016, Pages 38-46, ISSN 0145-2134,
Rubenstein, B, Spencer, C., Mansourian, H., Noble, H., Munganga, G, Stark, L. Community-based surveillance to monitor trends in unaccompanied and separated children in eastern DRC, Child Abuse & Neglect. 1 October 2015, ISSN 0145-2134,

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