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Charles B. Cairns

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA

Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean; Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs


Education

  • AB in Chemistry - Dartmouth College
  • MD - School of Medicine, University of North Carolina

Awards & Honors

  • Presidential Citation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Established Investigator Award, Emergency Medicine Foundation
  • Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • John Marx Leadership Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Mentor Scholar Award, National Foundation for Emergency Medicine
  • Special Leadership Recognition Award, U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group
  • Special Research Recognition Award, American College of Emergency Physicians

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Postgraduate Training / Additional Certifications

  • Program in Genetics of Complex Diseases, Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Health Care Leadership Academy, Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, is board certified in emergency medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a fellow of the American Heart Association. Dr. Cairns graduated from Dartmouth College and was a Holderness Medical Fellow at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he received the Medical Faculty Award as the outstanding graduating medical student. He completed an emergency medicine residency and Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Fellowship at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He completed his post-graduate training in the Program in Genetics of Complex Diseases at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Health Care Leadership Academy at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC.

Fellowships

  • Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Fellowship - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Residencies

  • Emergency Medicine - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, is the Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean, and senior vice president of medical affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine. A leader in emergency medicine and critical care research, Dr. Cairns comes to Drexel from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, where he served as dean.

In addition to the UAEU, Dr. Cairns brings significant experience in leadership roles at several other medical schools. He was dean of the University of Arizona (UA)  College of Medicine – Tucson after serving as assistant vice president for clinical research and clinical trials, vice dean of the College of Medicine, and professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. During his tenure at UA, the College of Medicine experienced a record number of applications and yielded one of the most diverse classes in its history. He oversaw a wave of faculty recruitments, a 31 percent increase in research expenditures, and under his leadership the medical school climbed to 51 from 66 in the NIH ranking. Dr. Cairns also led a $1.2 billion partnership with Banner Health, which created one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country.

Dr. Cairns was the principal investigator of the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served as the director of the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Cairns was a professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, Dr. Cairns served as associate chief of emergency medicine at Duke University Medical Center and director of emergency medicine research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Dr. Cairns has received numerous awards, including the Emergency Medicine Foundation Established Investigator Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Contribution in Research Award and the 2014 John Marx Leadership Award, the highest award of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He has published more than 200 articles, commentaries and reviews in a number of journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. He has served on the editorial boards of Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

In the Media

Publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

"Impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the Emergency Department on the Outcomes of Critically Ill  Patients"
Mosier JM, Stolz U, Milligan R, Roy-Chaudhury A, Lutrick K, Hypes CD, Billheimer D, Cairns CB
Crit Care Med Exp 2019 1(6):e0019.

"Recruitment of Dual Career Academic Medicine Couples"
Putnam CW, DiMarco J, Cairns CB
Acad Med. 2018 Nov;93(11):1604-1606

"A Randomized Study of Immune Plasma for the Treatment of Severe Influenza"
Beigel JH, Tebas P, Elie-Turenne MC, Bajwa E, Bell TE, Cairns CB, Shoham S, Deville JG, Feucht E, Feinberg J, Luke T, Ravirakas K, Danko J, O’Neil D, Metcalf JA, King K, Burgess T, Aga E, Lane HC, Hughes MD, Davey RT
Lancet Respir Med. 2017 May 15. pii: S2213-2600(17)30174-1

"A Transformative Approach to Academic Medicine: The Partnership Between the University of Arizona and Banner Health"
Cairns CB, Bollinger K, Garcia JGN
Acad Med. 2017 Jan;92(1):20-22

"A Patient Reported Approach to Identify Medical Errors and Improve Patient Safety in the Emergency Department"
Glickman SW, Mehrotra A, Shea CM, Mayer C, Strickler J, Pabers S, Larson J, Goldstein B, Mandelkehr L, Cairns CB, Pines JM, Schulman KA
J Patient Saf. 2016 Nov 2. [Epub ahead of print]

"Radiation Injury, Burns and Illness"
Kearns RD, Sugarman S, Cairns CB, Holmes JH, Cairns BA, Rich PB
EMS World 2016 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print]

"Host gene expression classifiers diagnose acute respiratory illness etiology"
Tsalik EL, Henao R, Nichols M, Burke T, Ko ER, McClain MT, Hudson LL, Mazur A, Freeman DH, Veldman T, Langley RJ, Quackenbush EB, Glickman SW, Cairns CB, Jaehne AK, Rivers EP, Otero RM, Zaas AK, Kingsmore SF, Lucas J, Fowler VG, Carin L, Ginsburg GS, Woods CW
Sci Transl Med. 20 Jan 2016: Vol. 8, Issue 322, pp. 322ra1

"Confronting Ethical and Regulatory Challenges of Emergency Care Research with Conscious Patients"
Dickert NW, Brown J, Cairns CB, Eaves-Leanos A, Goldkind S, Kim S, Nichol G, O’Conor K, Scott J, Sinert R, Wendler D, Wright D, Silbergleit R
Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Dec 18. pii: S0196-0644(15)01425-0

"United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group–Program for Emergency Preparedness. Development of a Core Clinical Dataset to Characterize Serious Illness, Injuries, and Resource Requirements for Acute Medical Responses to Public Health Emergencies"
Murphy DJ, Rubinson L, Blum J, Isakov A, Bhagwanjee S, Cairns CB, Cobb JP, Sevransky JE
Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov;43(11):2403-8

"Ventilator Strategies and Rescue Therapies for Management of Acute Respiratory Failure in the Emergency Department"
Mosier JM, Hypes C, Joshi R, Whitmore S, Parthasarathy S, Cairns CB
Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Nov;66(5):529-41

"Renal systems biology of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome"
Tsalik E, Willig K, van Velkinburgh J, Dinwiddie DL, Miller N, Glickman S, Jähne K'; Otero R, Harrod K, Fowler V, Langley R, Rice BJ, Mohney R, McDunn J, Mayer E, Glew R, Sopori M E, Rivers E, Cairns CB, Woods C, Kingsmore S
Kidney Int. 2015 Oct;88(4):804-14

"Deployable, portable, and temporary hospitals; one state's experience through the years"
Kearns RD, Skarote MB, Peterson J, Stringer L, Alson RL, Cairns BA, Hubble MW, Rich PB, Cairns CB, Runge J, Siler SM, Winslow J, Holmes JH
Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(3):195-210

"An integrated transcriptome and expressed variant analysis of sepsis survival and death"
Tsalik EL, Langley RJ, Dinwiddie DL, Miller NA, Yoo B, van Velkinburgh JC, Smith LD, Thiffault I, Jaehne AK, Valente AM, Henao R, Yuan X, Glickman SW, Rice BJ, McClain MT, Carin L, Corey GR, Ginsburg GS, Cairns CB, Otero RM, Fowler VG, Rivers EP, Woods CW, Kingsmore SF
Genome Med. 2014 Nov 26;6(11):111

"Electrical injury and burn care: a review of best practices"
Kearns RD, Rich PB, Cairns CB, Holmes JH, Cairns BA
EMS World
. 2014 Sep;43(9):34-40, 55

"The 2012 Derecho: Experiences from the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals Response"
Kearns RD, Wnek SM, Fernandez A, Tucker MA, Wigal MS, Mills MR, Cairns CB, Cairns BA, Zee G
Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Sep 18:1-4

"Age-related differences in biomarkers of acute inflammation during hospitalization for sepsis"
Ginde AA, Blatchford PJ, Trzeciak S, Hollander JE, Birkhahn R, Otero R, Osborn TM, Moretti E, Bryant Nguyen H, Gunnerson KJ, Milzman D, Gaieski DF, Goyal M, Cairns CB, Rivers EP, Shapiro NI
Shock. 2014 Aug;42(2):99-107

"Use of Prehospital 12- Lead Electrocardiography and Treatment Times Among ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients With Atypical Symptoms"
Cannon AR, Lin L, Lytle B, Peterson ED, Cairns CB, Glickman SW
Acad Emerg Med 2014 Aug;21(8):892-8

"Advanced Burn Life Support for day to day Burn Injury Management and Disaster Preparedness; Stakeholder Experiences and Student Perceptions following 56 ABLS courses"
Kearns RD, Ortiz-Pujols SM, Craig CK, Gusler JR, Skarote MB, Carter J, Link P, Rezak- Alger A, Cairns CB, Lofald D, Holmes JH 4th, Cairns BA
J Burn Care Res. 2014 Aug 27

"Chemical burn care: a review of best practices"
Kearns RD, Cairns CB, Holmes JH, Rich PB, Cairns BA
EMS World. 2014 May;43(5):40-5

"Surge Capacity and Capability: A review of the history and where the science is today regarding surge capacity during a mass casualty disaster"
Kearns RD, Cairns BA and Cairns CB
Front Public Health. 2014 Apr 21;2:29

"Factors for Hospitalization after Dog Bite Injury: A Case-Cohort Study of Emergency Department Visits"
Rhea S, Weber DJ, Poole C, Cairns CB
Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;21(2):196- 203

"A Randomized Trial Exploring the Effect of a Telephone Call Follow-up on Care Plan Compliance Among Older Adults Discharged Home From the Emergency Department"
Biese K, Lamantia M, Shofer F, McCall B, Roberts E, Stearns SC, Principe S, Kizer JS, Cairns CB, Busby-Whitehead J
Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;21(2):188-195

"Disaster Planning: The Basics of Creating a Burn Mass Casualty Disaster Plan for a Burn Center"
Kearns RD, Holmes JH, Conlon KM, Cairns CB, Valenta AL, Matherly AF, Sawyer D, Skarote MB, Siler SM, Cairns BA
J Burn Care Res. 2014 Jan-Feb;35(1):e1-e13

"Hospital bioterrorism planning and burn surge"
Kearns RD, Cairns BA, Holmes JH, Cairns CB, Hultman S, Jones SW, Rich PB, Charles A, Skarote MB, Schnits GL, Myers B
Biosecur Bioterror 2014 Jan-Feb;12(1):20-8

"Disasters; the 2010 Haitian Earthquake and the Evacuation of Burn Victims to US Burn Centers"
Kearns RD, Cairns, BA, Holmes JH, Skarote M, Smith H, Cairns CB, Cooksey S
Burns. 2014 Jan 7. pii: S0305-4179(13)00440-3

"A systems survey unveils mechanisms of survival and death in community acquired sepsis"
Langley RJ, Tsalik EL, van Velkinburgh JC, Glickman SW, Rice BJ, Wang C, Chen B, Carin L, Suarez A, Mohney RP, Freeman DH, Øien NC, Wang M, You J, Wulff J, Thompson JW, Moseley AM, Reisinger S, Edmonds BT, Grinnell B, Nelson DR, Dinwiddie DL, Miller NA, Saunders CJ, Soden SS, Rogers AJ, Gazourian L, Fredenburgh L, Massaro AF, Baron RM, Choi AMK, Corey RC, Ginsburg GS, Cairns CB, Otero RM, Fowler VG, Rivers EP, Woods CW, Kingsmore SF:
Sci Transl Med. 2013 Jul 24;5(195):195ra95.

Recent Letters to the Editor and Commentaries

"UA Offers Variety of Resources to Address Employees’ Physical, Emotional Wellbeing"
Cairns CB
Life and Work Connections September 2017; 37: 5: 1

"Women in Medicine: Gender Matters"
Cairns CB
Arizona Physician March 2017: 6-7

"Building Academic Medicine’s Future"
Cairns CB
Sombrero December 2016: 11-12

"The Precision Medicine Initiative at the University of Arizona"
Cairns CB
Sombrero November 2016: 8-9

"Record Year for the University of Arizona College of Medicine"
Cairns CB
Sombrero October 2016: 8-9

"National Institutes of Health Funding of Emergency Care Research: Feast and Famine?"
Baren J, Cairns CB, Neumar R
Ann Emerg Med 2016 Aug;68(2):172-3

"Shaping the Future of Academic Medicine in Tucson and Across Arizona"
Cairns CB
Sombrero June/July 2016: 6-7

Presentations

Recent National/International Research Presentations

"High Flow Oxygen versus Positive Pressure Ventilation in the Emergency Department Program
(USCIITG-HOPE)"
NIH US Critical Care Illness and Trials Group
Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland, November 2016

"Integrated health data for global bio-preparedness and response"
7th International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities
Muscat, Oman, March 2015

Recent Invited Lectures at National/International Meetings

"Recent Scientific Advancements in Precision Medicine"
American University Biomedical Research Forum
Beirut, Lebanon, March 2019

"Precision Emergency Medicine"
Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine
Dubai, UAE, December 2018

"Emergency Management of Acute Asthma in Adults"
Gulf Thoracic Congress
Dubai, UAE, March 2018

"Career Development After Graduation"
Gulf Thoracic Medical Student Forum
Dubai, UAE, March 2018

"Research Methodology: Writing the Proposal"
Gulf Thoracic Research Methodology Workshop
Dubai, UAE, March 2018

"Strategic Research Agenda for Critical Care"
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, November 2017

"Transforming Academic Medicine"
Asian Academy of Heart Valve Disease
Tucson, Arizona, April 2017

"Overview of the Partnership Between the University of Arizona and Banner Health"
Council of Deans and Council of Teaching Hospitals
American Association of Medical Colleges
Atlanta, Georgia, March 2016

"Precision Medicine Approaches to Multisystem Organ Failure"
Society for Critical Care Medicine
Orlando, Florida, February 2016

"The U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group: Update and Strategic Planning"
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, November 2015

"U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group"
Critical Care Assembly
American Thoracic Society
Denver, Colorado, May 2015

"North American Pandemic Preparedness"
International Forum for Acute Care Trialists (InFACT)
Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, February 2015

"Rapid Research in Disasters"
Institutional Review Board Workshop
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, September 2014

"U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group"
Enabling Public Health Research During Disasters
Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, June 2014

"Clinical Research in Public Health Emergencies: U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group"
Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Meeting
National Institutes of Health
Denver, Colorado, June 2014

"U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group: Program for Emergency Preparedness"
American Thoracic Society
San Diego, California, June 2014

"Phenotyping in the Era of Personalized Emergency Medicine"
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Dallas, Texas May 2014

"National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness"
Public Health Preparedness Summit
Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences
Atlanta, Georgia, April 2014

Recent Invited Lectures at Regional Meetings

“Precision Medicine: Clinical Applications in Sepsis”
American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting
Tucson, Arizona, October 2017

“Precision Medicine: Turning Sick Care into Health Care”
Native American Research and Training Center’s Winter Institute
Tucson, Arizona, March 2017

“Personalized Emergency Care: The Future?”
Keynote speaker, American College of Emergency Physicians Colorado Chapter Symposium
Denver, Colorado, September 2016

“What They Must Know! What Your Students Need to Navigate Their Professional Lives”
Keynote speaker, American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting
Tucson, Arizona, November 2015

“Time Makes a Difference to Everyone, Everywhere: Evolving Opportunities in Emergency Care”
Keynote speaker, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Western Region Meeting
Tucson, Arizona, March 2015


Contact Information


Academic Office

Office of the Dean
New College Building, 19th Floor
245 N. 15th Street, MS 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.3500
Fax: 215.762.2621