Dr. Christina Catlett is The Associate Director for Health System Preparedness at The Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Following her emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Catlett joined the Hopkins faculty in 1998. She has long had a special interest in bioterrorism and healthcare system disaster planning. In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Director of CEPAR, created in the wake of the attacks of September 11th. At CEPAR, Dr. Catlett was responsible for coordinating disaster response within the Hopkins enterprise and integrating that response with federal, state, and local plans. She also developed the biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological disaster plans and the surge capacity plan for The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
In 2003, she took a job as the Executive Director of The Center for Emergency Preparedness at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she facilitated improvements in the hospital’s preparedness program. She created detailed response strategies for hazmat events, contagious disease outbreaks, and mass casualty events requiring surge capacity. She also led multiple disaster response teams for the Medical Center, including missions in the wakes of Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Rita.
Dr. Catlett is returning to the faculty of Johns Hopkins to rejoin CEPAR and serve as a disaster planning expert for the Johns Hopkins Enterprise and external stakeholders.