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James Buehler, MD

Adjunct Professor

James W. Buehler
Phone: 267.359.6019
College: School of Public Health
Program: Health Management and Policy
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BA in Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley; MD, University of California, San Francisco


James W. Buehler, MD, is currently on a leave of absence from his position at Drexel in order to serve as the Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.  Dr. Buehler’s research interests lie within the emerging discipline of public health systems and services research, with an emphasis on the uses of population health information in public health practice, connections between healthcare and public health services, and the population health applications of health information automation.

Previously, Dr. Buehler served as the Director of the Public Health Surveillance & Informatics Program Office at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. This Office managed several nationwide population health monitoring systems, including the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the BioSense 2.0 syndromic surveillance system. The Office was also the focal point at CDC for addressing cross-cutting issues in public health surveillance and informatics, most notably the public health opportunities arising from the growing use of electronic health records.

From 1981 through 2002, Dr. Buehler was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at CDC, where he worked in a variety of areas, including general field epidemiology, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB prevention, and, briefly in in the Fall of 2001, anthrax. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as a Research Professor in the Epidemiology Department, where he also served as a consultant to Georgia’s state health department. In 2009, he returned to CDC to contribute to the national response to H1N1 pandemic influenza.

Dr. Buehler is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the School of Medicine of the University of California at San Francisco. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Public health preparedness
  • E-Health
  • Health policy
  • Building public health infrastructure and capacity
  • Chronic diseases
  • Behavioral health
  • Data privacy
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Public health infrastructure
  • Public health practice


Selected peer-reviewed articles:

Ogden LO Buehler JW, Bernet P. Funding formulas for public health allocations: federal and state strategies. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):323-332.

Buehler JW, Bernet PM, Ogden LO. Resource and cost adjustment in the design of allocation funding formulas in public health programs. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):323-332. 

Buehler JW, Bernet PM, Ogden LO. Reference allocations and use of a disparity measure to inform the design of allocation funding formulas in public health programs. J Public Health Management Practice, 2012;18(4):333-338.

Gargano L, Pazol K, Sales, JM, Morfaw C, Jones LM, Weiss P, Buehler JW, Murray DL, Wingood GM, Orenstein WA, DiClemente RJ, Hughes JM. Multicomponent interventions to enhance influenza vaccine delivery to adolescents. Pediatrics, 2011 Nov;128(5):e1092-9. 

McClean CM, Silk BJ, Buehler JW, Berkelman RL. Disease reporting among Georgia physicians and laboratories. J Public Health Management & Practice, 2010;16(6):535-43.

Silk BJ, Astles RJ, Hidalgo J, Humes R, Waller LA, Buehler JW, Berkelman RL. Differential West Nile fever ascertainment in the United States: A multilevel analysis Am J Trop Med Hygiene, 2010; 83(4):795-802.

Buehler JW, Holtgrave DR. Challenges in defining an optimal approach to formula-based allocations of public health funds. BioMed Central Public Health. 2007, 7:44.

Buehler JW, Holtgrave DR.  Who gets how much: the role of funding formulas in public health programs (invited submission). J Public Health Management Practice, 2007;13(2),151–155.

Selected texbook chapters

Groseclose SL, Buckeridge DL, Buehler JW. Evaluation of automated surveillance systems that use healthcare data (chapter), in M’ikanatha N, Lynfield R, Van Beneden C, de Valk H (eds). Infectious Disease Surveillance, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, 2013, pp. 565-579.

Buehler JW, Kimball A. Surveillance (chapter), in Detels R, Gulliford M, Karim QA, Tan CC (eds). Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.  Oxford University Press (invited chapter accepted for publication).

Cookson S, Buehler JW. Disease surveillance (chapter), in Ahrens W, Pigeot I (eds.), Handbook of Epidemiology, 2nd edition. Springer, Heidleberg (in press, 2013).

Buehler JW. Surveillance (chapter), in Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL, eds., Modern Epidemiology, 3rd Edition, Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2008, pp 459-480