Guohua Li, MD, DrPH

Guohua Li, MD, DrPH is the M. Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology. He is Director Emeritus and Chair of the Internal Advisory Committee of the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP).  He received his medical degree from Beijing Medical University and his doctoral and post-doctoral training in injury epidemiology and prevention at Johns Hopkins University. He started his career as an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1995. As one of the first epidemiologists working in the fledgling field of academic emergency medicine, Dr. Li used the emergency department as a population research laboratory for studying major public health problems, including injury, violence, alcohol abuse, and drug overdose. Before moving to Columbia University in 2007, Dr. Li served as professor and director of research at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Li has published over 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is a coauthor of the influential text Injury Fact Book, 2nd Ed (Oxford University Press, 1992) and co-editor of the reference book Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches (Springer, 2012). Dr. Li’s work has been funded primarily through competitive research grants from the National Institutes of Health in the past two decades. His research has contributed to the development, implementation, and evaluation of graduated driver licensing programs to prevent injuries from motor vehicle crashes in novice drivers, and provided the scientific evidence for extending the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 60 to 65 by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Li is credited for developing the decomposition method for quantifying the major contributing factors to injury mortality variations across population groups, geographic regions, and time periods. He also made seminal contributions to the development of the multiphase approach to age-period-cohort modeling, a semi-parametric technique for studying long-term, complex epidemiological patterns in contingency table data. Dr. Li is a William Haddon, Jr Fellow, a Fellow in Aerospace Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He is a recipient of the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize (1999), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2005), and the John Paul Stapp Award (2009).

Research interests

  • alcohol and other drugs
  • epidemiological methods
  • motor vehicle crashes
  • occupational injury
  • program evaluation

Contact information

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New York NY USA 10032

Phone: 212-305-8486
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