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Director, Center for Humanitarian Health
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
Paul Spiegel

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Paul Spiegel, MPH ’96, MD, is recognized for his research on preventing and responding to complex humanitarian emergencies and director of the Center for Humanitarian Health.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E8541

Research Interests

emergencies; epidemiology; humanitarian; global health security; epidemics; refugee; migration; communicable diseases, indicators; monitoring and evaluation
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of Toronto
University of Western Ontario
Dr. Spiegel, a Canadian physician by training, is internationally recognized for his research on responding to humanitarian emergencies, with a focus on refugee crises. Paul is the
Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of the Practice in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).
Before JHSPH, Dr. Spiegel was Deputy Director and Chief of Public Health at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
He previously worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a Medical Coordinator with Médecins
Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde in refugee emergencies, as well as a consultant for numerous international organizations.
Dr. Spiegel was the first Chair of the Funding Committee for Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (2013-2018). Dr. Spiegel has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles on humanitarian health and migration. He has served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission for Migration and Health and the Lancet Commission on Syria. He is currently co-chair of Lancet Migration and co-director of the EQUAL consortium.
Select Publications
Publications with high impact factors and/or that influenced the field.
  • Abubakar I, Aldridge RW, Devakumar D, Orcutt M, Burns R, Barreto ML, Dhanvan P, Fouad F, Groce N, Guo Y, Hargreaves S, Knipper M, Miranda J, Madise N, Kumar B, Mosca D, McGovern T, Rubenstein L, Sammonds P, Sawyer S, Sheikh K, Tollman S, Spiegel P, Zimmerman K. The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health: the health of a world on the move. Lancet. 2018;392(10164):2606-54.
  • Spiegel PB. The humanitarian system is not just broke, but broken: recommendations for future humanitarian action. Lancet. 2017 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6763(17)31278-3.
  • Spiegel P, Khalifa A, Mateen FJ. Cancer in refugees in Jordan and Syria between 2009 and 2012: challenges and the way forward in humanitarian emergencies. Lancet Oncol. 2014;15(7):e290-7.
  • Spiegel PB, Bennedsen AR, Claass J, Bruns L, Patterson N, Yiweza D, et al. Prevalence of HIV infection in conflict-affected and displaced people in seven sub-Saharan African countries: a systematic review. Lancet. 2007;369(9580):2187-95
  • Spiegel PB, Salama P. War and mortality in Kosovo, 1998-99: an epidemiological testimony. Lancet. 2000;355(9222):2204-9.
Global health security
Mosul trauma response