PACER Fellowship Program


Award up to two fellowships annually to support rsearcher on projects of merit related to disaster preparedness and public health.

Completed Project Overview

The PACER Fellows Program was an incredible success, boasting four fellows who stayed on to work in the fields of Catastrophic Event Research, Disaster Medicine, Pandemic Influenza, Community Resilience and Surge Capacity.

Below are the PACER fellows and descriptions of their work:

Lauren Sauer, M.Sc.

Ms. Sauer's focus was on increasing capacity in the wake of disasters. Her work centered around hospital surge capacity, post-disaster infrastructure resiliency and appropriateness of post-disaster aid. Ms. Sauer continued her work with PACER after completion of her fellowship and Masters degrees (homeland security management and health system preparedness) by becoming the program manager and later associate director for PACER. Once her fellowship was complete in the first year of PACER II, she assumed responsibilities for all administrative and educational aspects of the center.

Andrea Dugas, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Dugas joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010 to pursue a PACER fellowship. Completing herfellowship in 2012, Dr. Dugas remained on faculty to continue her research at Johns Hopkins PACER. Dr. Dugas' current research focus is the detection and management of infectious diseases in the context of pandemics. Her work spans from initial detection of infection through clinical application ofsurveillance tools, to directed antimicrobial use based on integration of surveillance and diagnostictesting. She is currently involved in numerous cross-disciplinary efforts integrating clinical medicinewith disaster and public health response. Her work as a PACER fellow was instrumental in informing both FluCast and Hopscore (see project descriptions for Drs. Rothman and Levin, respectively).

Jamil Bayram, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Bayram's PACER work focused around operational metrics for assessing hospital performance in disasters. His work as a PACER fellow was used to inform the Surge Model (see project - hospital surge metrics.) He holds master's degrees in public health, disaster medicine, and educational measurementand has participated in leading citywide planning and response efforts related to pandemic influenza, terrorism, and other public health emergencies.

Erica Shelton, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Shelton was a PACER fellow in 2013 and has agreed to stay on in the Department of Emergency Medicine to continue her work with underserved populations in disasters. Her research interests include health disparities and efficiency of health care delivery models in disaster settings. She focuses on theway these areas impact resiliency in a disaster population. Other areas of special interest include health literacy, especially among underserved communities.