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Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FACP

Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Instructor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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, the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps, and 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 earthquake in 2010. He previously was a member of Allegheny County's Metropolitan Medical Response System. He has also served on U.S. 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 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. He was a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, and he has published in such journals as Journal of Infectious DiseasesEmerging Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He also served as a book reviewer for JAMA.

Dr. Adalja is a fellow of 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 Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medical 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.


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Education & Training




Carnegie Mellon University BS 1995 Industrial Management
American University of the Caribbean MD 2002 Medicine
Allegheny General Hospital Residency 2007 Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine Combined Residency
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Fellowship 2009 Infectious Disease
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Fellowship 2010 Critical Care



2002 - 2007,  Chief Resident, Combined Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Allegheny General Hospital

2008 - 2009,  Chief Fellow, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Current Research Interest

Bioterrorism, Emerging Infections, Pandemic preparedness.



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Presentations at major meetings

"Emerging Infections," Critical Care Section Meeting, American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly, October 2010.

"Differences in Responding to Natural and Unnatural Outbreaks," NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Belgrade, Serbia, November 2010.