Medicine bona, localis malis

Eric K. Noji M.D.

Senior Physician Consultant in Global Health Security

Physician, scientist, noted author, gifted teacher and iconic figure in the humanitarian community. During his storied medical career, his visionary technical  innovations revolutionized medical care in disaster situations and served as the basis for establishing public health standards for emergency fieldworkers.  Mythic in grandeur and epic sweep, the story of his life and work from the deserts of Arabia to the isolation of Antarctica have become the stuff of legend. “I live and work on the edge – the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless”

“…So much has been said and written about the legendary life of Dr Eric Noji — and his story is so mythic in its sweep — that it’s difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés that have already been digested by dozens of his admirers. To start with the obvious, he is the most influential public health figure in the disaster relief and humanitarian crisis community, having introduced more innovations into current health response to disasters than any of his contemporaries. Relentlessly imaginative, iconoclastic and innovative, Eric Noji grabbed a hold of the international humanitarian community’s consciousness in 1985 and never let go for the next three decades, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing his remarkable ability to communicate his increasingly sophisticated ideas to the general public and senior-level decision-makers in governments, the UN, corporations and philanthropic organizations. His supremacy as disaster icon remains unchallenged to this day, years after having left the Centers for Disease Control where he first achieved prominence…”

From the Foreword by Sergio Viera de Mello to Noji’s upcoming two-volume set of memoirs,  “Confessions of a Wanderer Vol I. A Voyage to the Ends of the Earth (Penguin Books.  Anticipated publication date, October 2014).

Anticipated publication date of Volume II: Confessions of a Wanderer: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy is March 2015




“…On the evening of 24 September 2005, his webcast on disaster management was seen by over 1.5 million viewers, still the largest audience in history for a single academic lecture. This lecture on core disaster management principles was, according to many of those privileged to have been in the auditorium (perhaps 150 people at most), a presentation of such sustained brilliance that even now, five years later, they insist that Noji has never surpassed it–nor, perhaps, has anyone… before or since…”

From Chapter 8, “Zenith Years at the CDC”


Federal Emergency Management Agency

For six months in late 1995, early 1996, CDC assigned Eric Noji to the FEMA Director’s “cabinet” as Acting Deputy Assistant Director for the Training and Exercise Directorate. Shown here with other senior staff and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, James Lee Witt


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Coalition Information Center. Special Assistant to Karen Hughes. Public diplomacy. Global war on terrorism. Indian Treaty Room


briefing the president

Briefing the President of the United States

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked and three weeks later, a national crisis was provoked by the intentional release of weaponized anthrax in the U.S. postal system. Dr. Noji was assigned by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson to the newly established White House Office of Homeland Security located in the Executive Office of the President as an expert in the treatment of biological, chemical, nuclear and blast terrorism.  Shown here briefing President George W Bush at the White House “war room”.


PrepCom1 – Preparatory Process – Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)


The first Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14-15 July 2014in Geneva at the Palais de Nations, where it will begin to develop the future framework for disaster risk reduction. An advanced copy of a note by the secretariat, “Suggested elements for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction” is now available to support this process.  

This note and other official documents for the first PrepCom are also available on the World Conference website at

Students complete rigorous training for disaster preparedness – Brainerd Daily Dispatch

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Students complete rigorous training for disaster preparedness Brainerd Daily Dispatch The curriculum included disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism and…

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How mobile became mighty in healthcare

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Without a doubt, 2014 will be declared the year mobile became mighty in healthcare. No matter where in the world you live, whether you are talking about patients, consumers, or healthcare providers, mobile is revolutionising the future of healthcare – so much so, that it’s worth taking a closer look at 10 powerful trends emerging throughout the mobile health space. We’ll also be showcasing our findings on mobile health user experience at the Mighty Mobile seminar at the inauguralCannes Lions Health festival.

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