Guohua Li

Guohua Li

Guohua Li

Injury is no accident but the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults worldwide. It is preventable!


722 West 168th Street, Rm 524
New York NY USA 10032


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.



DrPH, 1993, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
MS, 1987, Tongji Medical University (Wuhan, China)
MD, 1984, Beijing Medical University (Beijing, China)

Mailman Affiliations

Director, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Editorial Boards

Editor-in-Chief, Injury Epidemiology (
Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention
Statistical Editor, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Academic Appointments

Mieczyslaw Finster Professor, Anesthesiology

Other Affiliations

Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
Member, Aerospace Medical Association

Honors & Awards

William Haddon Jr. Fellowship, 1989
Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize, 1999
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005
John Paul Stapp Award, 2009
Excellence in Science Award, APHA/ICEHS, 2015

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Outcomes Research, Injury Prevention, Violence, Public Health Education, Healthcare Policy, Occupational Health and Safety, Addiction/Drug Abuse, Alcoholism

Select Global Activities

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.

Select Publications

Li G. The interaction effect of bereavement and sex on the risk of suicide in the elderly: an historical cohort study. Social Science and Medicine 40: 825-828; 1995.
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 G, Baker SP, Zhao Q, Brady JE, Lang BH, Rebok GW, DiMaggio C. Drug violations and aviation accidents: Findings from the US mandatory testing program. Addiction 106:1287-92; 2011.
Li G, Gebrekristos H, Baker SP. FIA score: a simple risk index for predicting fatality in aviation crashes. Journal of Trauma 65:1278-1283; 2008.
Li G, Baker SP. Crash risk in general aviation. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 297: 1596-1598; 2007.
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.
Li G, Braver ER, Chen L-H. Fragility versus excessive crash involvement as determinants of high death rates per vehicle-mile of travel among older drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention 35: 227-235; 2003.
Li G, Baker SP, Smialek JD, Soderstrom CA. Use of alcohol as a risk factor for bicycling injury. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 285: 893-896; 2001.
Chen L-H, Baker SP, Braver E, Li G. Carrying passengers as a risk factor for crashes fatal to 16- and 17-year-old drivers. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 283: 1578-1582; 2000.

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