Charles Doarn Charles Doarn
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2911
Email: Email
Department: Emergency Medicine


Charles Doarn is a Research Professor in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He has academic appointments in Environmental Health and Political Science at UC, Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University, and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. He is currently on loan as a Special Assistant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. He serves as the acting chair and current co-chair of FedTel for the U.S. Government. Professor Doarn is the ‘Governance Team lead’ on a NATO project entitled, a ‘Multinational Telemedicine System for Disasters’. Professor Doarn is a Fulbright Specialist with the U.S. Department of State and has worked closely with Macedonia. He has also held several senior management positions, including Deputy Director, Center for Surgical Innovation; Executive Director, Telehealth Video Resources Center in Ohio; Executive Director and co-principal investigator for NASA's Research Partnership Center for Medical Informatics and Technology Applications, located at Yale University (1997-1999) and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (1999-2003). Throughout the 1990's, Professor Doarn served as the Program Executive for Aerospace Medicine and Telemedicine at NASA Headquarters. He is the principle author of NASA's Integrated Strategic Plan for Telemedicine and served as the lead for NASA’s Telemedicine activities. Professor Doarn also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Multilateral Medical Policy Board for the International Space Station.
Professor Doarn received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from The Ohio State University in 1980 and an MBA from the University of Dayton in 1988. Additional training has included Advanced Program Management at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA and a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Informatics Fellows Course at Woods Hole, MA.
Professor Doarn served on the Board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and held several key positions including Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the International Special Interest Group for the ATA. Professor Doarn serves as one of two Editors-in-Chief of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal. Professor Doarn is a recognized leader in telemedicine as a scholar and teacher, having published over 250 manuscripts, editorials, federal reports and 30+ book chapters on this subject. Professor Doarn is editor or associate editor on several books related to Space Medicine, including the 4th edition of Space Physiology and Medicine: Evidence to Practice. Professor Doarn is also a key member of the MPH faculty at UC in the area of Global Health and Health Services Management.
Professor Doarn is a fellow of the ATA and the Aerospace Medical Association, an Honorary NASA Flight Surgeon, and recipient of the Astronaut’s award, the Silver Snoopy for his work in Telemedicine for NASA worldwide. In May 2016, Professor Doarn was recognized by the ATA with the 2016 Individual Leadership Award for his efforts national and international in telemedicine.



Global Health
Public Health
Space Medicine


Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Agreement with NASA Headquarters ‘Special Assistant to the Chief Health and Medical Officer’  - This provides support through an agrreement between NASA and the University of Cincinnati


Recent awards
2016 – 2017, Committee Member, National Quality Forum on Telehealth – ‘Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth’
2016-2018, Chair, American Telemedicine Association College of Fellows
2016 American Telemedicine Association President’s Award for Individual Leadership – Presented at the 2016 Annual American Telemedicine Association Conference and Trade Show, Minneapolis, MN May 17, 2016.
2016 Award from the UC College of Medicine’s Office of Global Health – Development of a new graduate course “Global Health and Diplomacy”.
2014 Best Paper, Telemedicine and e-Health Journal – Bashshur RL, Shannon, GW, Smith, BR et al. “The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management”. May 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty recognition award 2015 UC Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program – March 2015


Guest lecture in GWU course EHS 6227(Spring Semesters) on Space Medicine subjects

All other courses are taught in the University of Cincinnati MPH Program

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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