Richard Garfield

Emergency Response and Recovery Branch

Adjunct Professor
Global Health

Phone: 404.498.0500


Richard Garfield RN, DrPH, is Team Lead for Assessment, Surveillance, and Information Management in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also the Henrik H. Bendixen Professor Emeritus of International Nursing and Professor Emeritus of Population and Family Health, Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.[1] Garfield has been He has been visiting professor at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the U.K. and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Garfield worked with health authorities in Central America in malaria control, where wars during the 1980s stymied disease control efforts. He helped reorganize health services to protect civilians from the impact of conflict. In the 1980s and 1990s he quantified the impact of conflict on noncombatants using epidemiologic methods and studied the effects of economic sanctions on health in Iraq, Cuba, Nicaragua, Liberia, Haiti, and the former Yugoslavia. He is known for estimates of mortality changes related to conflict.  Garfield was the founding director of the Health and Nutrition Tracking Service at the World Health Organization (WHO), continues to consult with WHO on non-communicable diseases and information systems, assisted in developing the Global Health Center at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and coordinated the Collective Violence risk group of the third round of Global Burden of Disease estimates. He has taken part in large scale needs assessment surveys for the UN related organizations following disasters in Myanmar, Pakistan, Haiti, South Sudan, the Philippines, and in New Orleans. He has assisted in developing applied methods of epidemiologic assessment to the area of emergencies and disasters, and currently does this in advising The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) in Geneva and ALNAP in London.

Areas of Interest

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Epidemiology
  • Nursing Informatics


  • M.S., Columbia University
  • Dr. P.H, Columbia University
  • B.A, Beacon College
  • M.P.H., Columbia University
  • A.D., Hahnemann Medical College


  • Garfield R, Drucker E. , 2011, Counting the Dead: Epidemiologic Analysis of War. In Iraq: Silent Death 2011 , Malaysia: Academic Imprint Series, , 587-603
  • Belbase K, Garfield R, Ivers J, et al, 2010, The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster: Evaluation of UNICEF's Response (Final Evaluation) - Synthesis Report. , NY: UNICEF, ,
  • Garfield R. Nursing in Wars. Cowen PS, Moorhead S, Grace H, eds. , 2010, Current Issues in Nursing, 8th Edition. , St Louis: Elsevier Press, ,
  • Bengtsson L, Lu X, Garfield R , 2010, Internal population displacement in Haiti: preliminary analyses of movement patterns of Digicel mobile phones: 1 January to 11 March 2010. , Karolinska Institute and Columbia University

Affiliations and Activities

Editorial Boards

  • American Journal of Disaster Medicine, American Journal of Nursing, BioScience Trends (Japan)
  • Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (2005)
  • Minorities at Risk Project Advisory Board E (2009)
  • Academic Advisory Committee, UN Rep for Children and Armed Conflict (1999)
  • Institute for the Study of Genocide (1999)
  • Institute of Medicine Committee on Gulf War Studies Design (1998)
  • N Y Academy of Medicine Human Rights Committee   #463725 (1997)