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Lauren Sauer

  • Assistant professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Director of Operations, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Lauren Sauer is a professor of emergency medicine and researches disaster impact assessments, volunteerism in disasters, quality of aid in disaster response, and hospital surge capacity. She is also director of operations for the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

Sauer is a research associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a doctoral candidate in health and public policy at the Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy and Management, where she studies quality of aid in response to disasters and the effects of disasters on health care infrastructure.

In addition, Sauer is program manager for the National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence. She is the current chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Disaster Interest Group and the co-director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine disaster course.

She is a core team leader on the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a deployable medical asset. She has worked remotely and on the ground for several disaster responses, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 California wildfires, the Haiti earthquake, the Pakistan floods and, more recently, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

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