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David Eisenman, MD


UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters

UCLA School of Public Health
Department of Community Health Sciences
650 Charles E. Young Drive S.
Room 26-081 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

(310) 794-2452

Center for Public Health and Disasters

UCLA Health

David Eisenman, MD, MSHS, is a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has a joint appointment at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health where he directs the Center for Public Health and Disasters. Dr. Eisenman is also an Associate Natural Scientist at RAND. Dr. Eisenman lives and surfs in Marina del Rey, California.

Research Interests

Dr. Eisenman’s primary research interests are in community resilience to disasters, climate change and health, and trauma mental health. He is currently studying the interactions of social and built-environment predictors of heatwave mortality and morbidity, the mortality associated with winter-time extreme heat in Los Angeles, organizational networks in disasters, behavioral responses to wireless emergency alerts, climate change policy in public health, social cohesion and health, wildfires and mental health, and improving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in public safety-net clinics. Through his appointment as Preparedness Science Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, he is a lead scientist on the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project (LACCDR). LACCDR is a county-wide, neighborhood-based initiative to improve community-level resilience to disasters. Resources and publications from this project are available online at www.laresilience.org. Further details on his research and publications are available online at www.cphd.ucla.edu.

Dr. Eisenman brings expertise in public health, disaster preparedness, and community resilience to the IoES, where his work includes research on how urban heat mitigation through land cover changes can improve health outcomes, particularly for low-income communities of color. Dr. Eisenman is currently serving as co-advisor to PhD student Edith de Guzman. 



Cooling structure

Heat Resilient L.A.

Heat Resilient L.A. will over the next two years determine where and when people moving around the city are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat — a problem being caused by climate change — and assess which communities most need cooling interventions.

Recent Publications