Craig Spencer

Assistant Professor
Columbia University Medical Center

Craig Spencer, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He has worked as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects measuring access to medical care and human rights in Africa and Southeast Asia.   His work in East Africa has focused on measuring mortality in war-torn populations and developing mobile phone based mechanisms to measure issues related to maternal and child health. As an affiliate of the CPC Learning Network, he has helped measure access to legal documentation in Indonesia and piloted novel methods to quantify child separation in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in eastern D.R. Congo. In addition to his international public health work, Craig has worked clinically providing medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, East Africa, and most recently in West Africa during the current Ebola epidemic. During his work with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea in October 2014, Dr. Spencer was infected with Ebola virus and subsequently treated at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.

Dr. Spencer received his undergraduate degree and doctorate of medicine from Wayne State University in Detroit and received training in Emergency Medicine at New York Hospital Queens in New York City. Dr. Spencer was selected as an International Fellow of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center where he received a Masters in Public Health in Forced Migration and Refugee Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He currently lives in New York City.


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