Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer

Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven, B4
New York NY United States 10032
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Craig Spencer MD MPH is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He currently divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally in public health. He has worked in Africa and Southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects examining access to medical care and human rights, including measuring mortality and maternal health in Burundi, access to legal documentation in Indonesia, child separation in emergencies in D.R. Congo and South Sudan, and coordinating Doctors Without Borders national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak. In addition to his international public health work, Craig has provided medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, West Africa and most recently with Doctors Without Borders in Burundi, East Africa and on a medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. In 2019, he was elected to the Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders USA.

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Select Publications

Spencer, C. When the coughing stops and the sense of helplessness begins. The Washington Post, 15 April 2020. pp. A21.
Spencer, C. What Populists Get Wrong About Migration. Politico Europe. June 6, 2018. Volume 4, Number 21, Page 21.
Spencer, C. Europe's Recipe for Crisis and Chaos in the Mediterranean. Politico Europe. Published online. July 26, 2017.
Spencer, C. Lessons Learned and Forgotten in Ebola Response. Global Health Now. June 7, 2018. Published online.
Jagatic, T., Spencer, C. Clinical Suspicion of Ebola. Oxford Handbook of Humanitarian Medicine. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. 2019.
Spencer, C. Ebola Isn't Over Yet. New York Times. August 17, 2015.
Spencer, C. Having and Fighting Ebola - Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient. New England Journal of Medicine. Feb 25, 2015. Doi#10.1056/NEJMp1501355.

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