Cham Dallas

Health Policy & Management, Institute for Disaster Management,
University Professor

Health Policy & Management, Institute for Disaster Management,


PhD, Toxicology, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1984

MS, Toxicology, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1982

BA, Biology, University of Texas at Austin, 1975

Areas of Expertise

Research: disaster medicine, nuclear war medical response, emergency management, disaster resource utilization, mass casualty distribution prediction

Teaching: toxicology, emergency management, radiation

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

American Academy of Disaster Medicine Distinguished Service Award, on behalf of the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physician Specialists, June, 2016

Ron J. Anderson Public Service Award, American College of Emergency Physicians, National Emergency Medical Services State of the Science Conference, February, 2016

Chancellor’s Outstanding Global Impact Research Award, University System of Georgia (competitive award for all 35 public colleges, universities in Georgia), November, 2015

Honorable Mention (2nd Place), Outstanding Poster Award, 3rd International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness/Response to Emergencies & Disasters, 2014, Israel

Public Health Service Award, University of Georgia College of Public Health, 2009

National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Presentation on Nuclear War Medical Preparedness, 2008

Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society Member

U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Presentation on Medical Outcomes of Nuclear Detonation in Washington, DC, 2008

Invited Presentations on Lessons Learned from Chernobyl Research at the United Nations, 1996, 2006, 2008

Founding Board Member, American Medical Association, National Disaster Life Support Executive Committee (2002-2012)

President, Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, 1995-1996

Councilor, Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, 1996-1997

Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award for the University of Georgia (University-Wide Undergraduate Teaching Award), May, 1994

Phi Delta Chi Teacher of the Year Award (College-Wide Teaching Award), 1994

Teacher of the Year, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, May 1992

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Graduate Traineeship, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1979-1984

Richard K. Seavers Award for Excellence in Research in Environmental Science, University of Texas School of Public Health, June 1982

Pre doctoral Traineeship, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Public Health Traineeship, U.S. Department of Education

Bachelor’s Degree with Honors, University of Texas at Austin, May 1975


Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

National Disaster Life Support Foundation

National Disaster Life Support Educational Consortium

Course Instruction

Our teaching approach incorporates emergency preparedness exercises statewide to help communities coordinate their disaster management capabilities in preparation for threats to their citizenry. In the midst of these activities Dr. Dallas has offered students numerous opportunities for involvement as well as academic classes in the field for College of Public Health and other UGA students. This continuing development of curricula in the field has led to the creation of two academic tracks culminating in the Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Disaster Management for our own CPH students and the Graduate Certificate Program in Disaster Management for students in other programs across campus.

Research Interests

Of significant research impact has been the unusually high degree of visibility of the publications of Dr. Dallas concerning the consequences on nuclear detonations in urban areas on the outcomes of medical casualty distributions, and the potential emergency response approaches to deal with them. One of them, which detailed the vulnerability of the health care and public health systems of U.S. cities to single nuclear detonations, was number one in the world for the first month it was published on biomedcentral, which tracks 250 biomedical journals (and tens of thousands of publications) worldwide. Dr. Dallas also conducts research on the emergency management of other mass casualty scenarios, including chemical, radiological, biological, and explosive events.