Dr. Richard Rothman, MD, PhD is the Executive Vice Chair and Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Professor of Emergency Medicine with a Joint Appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is a practicing emergency physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Rothman has been conducting research on varied infectious disease conditions in emergency settings since 1996, with areas of focus including HIV, sepsis, influenza, and now SARS CoV-2. He has a particular interest and expertise in the development and translation of rapid molecular diagnostics and has published extensively on this topic. Dr. Rothman has served as the Principal Investigator for a number of federally funded studies including multi-center studies designed to advance methods for early infectious disease detection in emergency settings, and improve approaches to the conduct of therapeutic trials during a pandemic. Currently, he serves as the Principal Investigator and Co-Director for the NIH/NIAID Center of Excellence for Influenza Surveillance and Research which now includes studies on COVID-19. At SAEM, Dr. Rothman is one of the founding members of the EMTIDE group a network of academic emergency departments focused on research, practice, and policy on emerging and transmissible infectious diseases.