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Amesh Adalja
Amesh Adalja, MD, FACP
Senior Associate
Expertise: Infectious diseases; critical care (ICU); emergency medicine


Professional Profile

Dr. Adalja is a Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine.

Dr. Adalja is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America's (IDSA) Public Health Committee, the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee, and the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of  the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System Disaster Medical Assistance Team (PA-1), with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in 2010 an the Allegheny County's Metropolitan Medical Response System. He has also served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings as well as a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery.

Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism). He was a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, and he has published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He also has served as a book reviewer for JAMA.

Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Adalja completed 2 fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee.

He is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and he obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Adalja is a native of Butler, Pennsylvania.

Recent Publications

Medicine for Policymakers

Health Secur 2015;13(6):396-398


Health Secur 2015;13(3):153-155


N Engl J Med 2015;372(23):2272-2273

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