As senior adviser for strategic planning to the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), Gai Cole provides strategic guidance to university and health system executive leaders on crisis planning and response. In this role, he leads development of institutional strategic and long-term objectives and crisis action plans in support of executive vision. He also facilitates continuous vulnerability assessment efforts and the development of risk mitigation and management strategies. Responsibilities also include fostering and promoting relationships with foreign governments, nonprofit organizations and U.S. government agencies.
Dr. Cole has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of disaster preparedness and response topics. He has performed disaster assessments and developed conferences and field training exercises in Costa Rica, Guyana, Kuwait and aboard the USS Iwo Jima as part of Operation Continuing Promise.
Dr. Cole is also the executive director for the National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) — the research arm of CEPAR. In this role, he directs multi-institutional research and education programs focused on medical and public health preparedness strategies, response capabilities, and surge capacity. Dr. Cole is an investigator on PACER’s Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios Version 2.0 project, Tribal Colleges and Universities Research Scholars Program, and Medical Surge Capacity Metrics. His own research focuses on leveraging the practices of clinical staff to optimize billing and revenue capture and reduce health care costs. He is also involved in research focused on surge capacity, telemedicine, staffing models and productivity analysis in international clinical settings.
Dr. Cole also serves as the administration and finance officer for Maryland’s only federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team, as an incident commander on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Disaster Team, and as a committee member for the Johns Hopkins University Committee on Crisis Response.
Dr. Cole is a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a research associate, his responsibilities include teaching at the schools of medicine and public health, and on the undergraduate campus at Homewood.