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garibaldi-brian-2Brian Garibaldi

Director
Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Johns Hopkins Hospital

Of the many examples of the exper­tise exhibited by Dr. Brian Garib­aldi in fighting the pandemic, perhaps the most eye-popping is this: When former President Donald Trump became ill with COVID-19 last year, Garib­aldi was part of the medical team that cared for him.

Garibaldi’s list of accomplishments in the past 15 or so months is both long and impressive.

He and his Johns Hopkins Biocontain­ment Unit, experienced in dealing with disease outbreaks, realized in December 2020 that COVID-19 was coming to this country. Over the next few months, they trained nearly half the state’s frontline hospitals to be prepared for the outbreak, and his team handled all confirmed cases until the number grew too large.

Garibaldi himself has treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients and done nearly 100 media appearances and podcast inter­views to get out the word on pandemic re­lated public health measures, research, vaccines and therapeutics.

“While we could certainly measure Dr. Garibaldi’s contributions by ticking them off one by one and grouping them into cate­gories like research, education and clinical care, the reality is that his most important contribution is impossible to quantify,” said Johns Hopkins Hospital President Redonda G. Miller. “Simply put, throughout our collective COVID-19 experience, he has saved countless lives.”

For his part, Garibaldi said he was grateful to be part of a strong team.

“I am incredibly proud of the work that the Johns Hopkins community has done over the last year to treat COVID-19 patients, advance scientific discovery and to help us navigate the challenging circum­stances of the pandemic,” he said. “I am truly blessed to be part of such an incred­ible organization.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2021 Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.