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James Buehler, MD

James W. Buehler

Clinical Professor
Health Management and Policy
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BA in Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley; MD, University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Buehler’s interests center on improving public health systems and services, especially the interface between public health and healthcare systems and the shared objective to advance population health.

Dr. Buehler has over 30 years of governmental public health experience at federal, state, and local levels. He formerly served as the Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, where he directed the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in achieving its mission “to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable.”  Before moving to Philadelphia in 2013, Dr. Buehler was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Program Office Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he worked in multiple areas including general field epidemiology, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and related diseases, ethics, emergency response and preparedness, public health surveillance, and informatics. From 2002-2010, he was a member of the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  Dr. Buehler started his CDC career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer assigned to the state health department in Georgia and later served in Georgia as a mid-career CDC assignee and a consultant to its Epidemiology Branch.

Dr. Buehler is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. 


Research Interests

  • Health Policy
  • Urban Health
  • Health Disparities
  • eHealth or mHealth
  • Public Health Practice


Selected peer-reviewed articles:

Ogden LO Buehler JW, Bernet P. Funding formulas for public health allocations: federal and state strategies. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):323-332.

Buehler JW, Bernet PM, Ogden LO. Resource and cost adjustment in the design of allocation funding formulas in public health programs. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):323-332. 

Buehler JW, Bernet PM, Ogden LO. Reference allocations and use of a disparity measure to inform the design of allocation funding formulas in public health programs. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):333-338.

Gargano L, Pazol K, Sales, JM, Morfaw C, Jones LM, Weiss P, Buehler JW, Murray DL, Wingood GM, Orenstein WA, DiClemente RJ, Hughes JM. Multicomponent interventions to enhance influenza vaccine delivery to adolescents. Pediatrics, 2011 Nov;128(5):e1092-9. 

McClean CM, Silk BJ, Buehler JW, Berkelman RL. Disease reporting among Georgia physicians and laboratories. J Public Health Management & Practice, 2010;16(6):535-43.

Silk BJ, Astles RJ, Hidalgo J, Humes R, Waller LA, Buehler JW, Berkelman RL. Differential West Nile fever ascertainment in the United States: A multilevel analysis Am J Trop Med Hygiene, 2010; 83(4):795-802.

Buehler JW, Holtgrave DR. Challenges in defining an optimal approach to formula-based allocations of public health funds. BioMed Central Public Health. 2007, 7:44.

Buehler JW, Holtgrave DR.  Who gets how much: the role of funding formulas in public health programs (invited submission). J Public Health Management Practice, 2007;13(2),151–155.

Selected texbook chapters

Groseclose SL, Buckeridge DL, Buehler JW. Evaluation of automated surveillance systems that use healthcare data (chapter), in M’ikanatha N, Lynfield R, Van Beneden C, de Valk H (eds). Infectious Disease Surveillance, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, 2013, pp. 565-579.

Buehler JW, Kimball A. Surveillance (chapter), in Detels R, Gulliford M, Karim QA, Tan CC (eds). Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.  Oxford University Press (invited chapter accepted for publication).

Cookson S, Buehler JW. Disease surveillance (chapter), in Ahrens W, Pigeot I (eds.), Handbook of Epidemiology, 2nd edition. Springer, Heidleberg (in press, 2013).

Buehler JW. Surveillance (chapter), in Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL, eds., Modern Epidemiology, 3rd Edition, Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2008, pp 459-480