Guohua Li, MD, DrPH

  • Professor of Epidemiology
  • Mieczyslaw Finster Professor of Anesthesiology
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Guohua Li, DrPH, MD, is the Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology and the founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention.  His research focuses on population-based, injury-related, and policy-oriented studies that encompass novel epidemiological designs, innovative statistical techniques, and complex data systems. He has published extensively on the role of alcohol and other drugs in injury causation and trauma outcomes.  Currently, Dr. Li is working on projects aimed at understanding and controlling the epidemic of drug overdose and drugged driving, and uncovering the dynamics of injury risk and injury-disease interaction during the process of aging.

Dr. Li is the instructor for the course Clinical Epidemiology (P8450). He also directs the clinical research program in perioperative care and critical care at the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Areas of interest include developing practical tools for measuring and monitoring the safety and quality of anesthesia care, identifying and intervening on risk factors for major postoperative complications, and evaluating the long-term effects of trauma and critical illnesses on cognitive functions and health outcomes.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Epidemiology
  • Mieczyslaw Finster Professor of Anesthesiology

Administrative Titles

  • Director Emeritus, Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, 1984 Beijing Medical University
  • MS, 1987 Tongji Medical University
  • DrPH, 1993 Johns Hopkins University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Editor in Chief, Injury Epidemiology

Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association

Fellow, American College of Epidemiology

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research

Editorial Boards

Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention

Statistical Editor, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Editorial Board, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion

Honors & Awards

William Haddon Jr. Fellowship, 1989

Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize, 1999

Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005

John Paul Stapp Award, 2009

Excellence in Science Award, APHA/ICEHS, 2015


Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Community Health
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health Education
  • Substance Use

Selected Publications

Li G. The interaction effect of bereavement and sex on the risk of suicide in the elderly: an historical cohort study. Social Science and Medicine 40: 825-828; 1995.

Li G, Brady JE, Chen Q. Drug use and fatal motor vehicle crashes: a case-control study. Accident Analysis and Prevention 60: 205-210; 2013.

Li G, Baker SP, ed. Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches. New York, NY: Springer, 2012.

Li G, Baker SP, Zhao Q, Brady JE, Lang BH, Rebok GW, DiMaggio C. Drug violations and aviation accidents: Findings from the US mandatory testing program. Addiction 106:1287-92; 2011.

Li G, Gebrekristos H, Baker SP. FIA score: a simple risk index for predicting fatality in aviation crashes. Journal of Trauma 65:1278-1283; 2008.

Li G, Baker SP. Crash risk in general aviation. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 297: 1596-1598; 2007.

Li G, Baker SP, Grabowski JG, Qiang Y, McCarthy ML, Rebok GW. Age, flight experience, and risk of crash involvement in a cohort of professional pilots. American Journal of Epidemiology 157: 874-880; 2003.

Li G, Braver ER, Chen L-H. Fragility versus excessive crash involvement as determinants of high death rates per vehicle-mile of travel among older drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention 35: 227-235; 2003.

Li G, Baker SP, Smialek JD, Soderstrom CA. Use of alcohol as a risk factor for bicycling injury. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 285: 893-896; 2001.

Chen L-H, Baker SP, Braver E, Li G. Carrying passengers as a risk factor for crashes fatal to 16- and 17-year-old drivers. JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association 283: 1578-1582; 2000.