Charlie Branas is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and a faculty associate of the Institute for Urban Research. He works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his innovative studies to reduce gun violence and enhance emergency medical care. Branas lectures before local, national, and international audiences. He sits on boards and scientific panels at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, the American Public Health Association, and elsewhere.
With over 50 scientific publications, Branas often leverages science to dispel popular myths and inform truthful public policy. His work has been covered by numerous news outlets, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Public Radio. Most recently, his work on the risk of being shot in big cities and small towns, as well as the federally-funded Philadelphia Gun and Alcohol Study, have made news and informed the public debate over “gun control.” Other prominent research that Branas directs includes a study of emergency medical care in the U.S. and its implications for homeland security.
Branas completed his doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley. He also trained as a paramedic with the Philadelphia and Baltimore fire departments and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service. He was born and currently lives in Philadelphia.