Charles Branas, PhD
Associate Fellow

Charles Branas, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Charles Branas, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University's School of Public Health and a CIRP Associate Fellow. Dr. Branas has conducted research that extends from urban and rural areas in the US to communities across the globe, incorporating place-based interventions and human geography. He has led win-win science that generates new knowledge while simultaneously creating positive, real-world changes and providing health-enhancing resources for local communities.

His pioneering work on geographic access to medical care has changed the healthcare landscape, leading to the designation of new hospitals and a series of national scientific replications in the US and other countries for many conditions: trauma, cancer, stroke, etc. His research on the geography and factors underpinning gun violence has been cited by landmark Supreme Court decisions, Congress the the NIH Director. With community partners, Dr. Branas led the first city-wide and randomized controlled trials to transform vacant lots and abandoned buildings as sustainable  solutions to improving heath and safety, including reductions in gun violence.  

BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1990

MS, Drexel University, 1993

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Director, Principal Investigator, Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention 

Advisory Committee, Columbia Population Research Center

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Associate Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine

Elected Member, American Epidemiological Society

Past President, Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research 

Reeping PM, Cerda M, Kalesan B, Wiebe DJ, Galea S, Branas CC. State Gun Laws, Gun Ownership, and Mass Shootings in the United States. BMJ-British Medical Journal, 364: 1542-8, 2019.

Branas CC, South E, Kondo MC, Hohl BC, Bourgois P, Wiebe DJ, MacDonald JM. A Citywide Cluster Randomized Trial to Restore Blighted Vacant Land and Its Effects on Violence, Crime, and Fear. PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(8), 1-11, 2018.

South EC, Hohl BC, Kondo MC, MacDonald JM, Branas CC. Effect of Greening Vacant Land on Mental Health: A Citywide Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Network Open 1(3), 1-14, 2018.

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