Curriculum Vitae

Ambarish Vaidyanathan

External Adjunct Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering


Dr. Ambarish Vaidyanathan is a health scientist with the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).His training and work experience cover a wide-range of substantive areas, including environmental engineering, data science, exposure assessment, statistical modeling and simulation, environmental and population health, and geographic information systems (GIS). Dr. Vaidyanathan has several years of experience planning, coordinating, and implementing strategies to facilitate the conduct of environmental health surveillance and translational research projects. Specifically, he has been able to establish mutually-beneficial collaborations with various academic institutions, and federal agencies such as EPA, NASA, NOAA, and USDA on efforts to identify and characterize populations vulnerable to adverse health impacts from various environmental stressors.

This activity is being performed by Dr. Vaidyanathan in his private capacity. No official support or endorsement by CDC is intended or should be inferred.


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

Research Interests

  • Fine-scale Exposure Assessment
  • Health effects of Air Pollution, Severe Weather and other Environmental Emergencies
  • Climate Change and its Impact on Health
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Statistical Modeling and Simulation


  • Recipient of International Experience and Technical Assistance Fellowship from CDC Center for Global Health, 2017.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Emergency Response (Domestic), 2017.
  • Recipient of Director’s Commendation for Contributing to the Success of Flint, Michigan Water Contamination Response, 2016.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Quantitative Sciences Award, 2015.
  • Recipient of the Nunn-MacArthur Fellowship, Sam Nunn Security Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Quantitative Sciences Award, 2011.


  1. Odame EA, Li Y, Zheng S, Vaidyanathan A, Silver K. 2018. Assessing Heat-Related Mortality Risks among Rural Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Epidemiological Evidence. International journal of environmental research and public health. 15(8), 1597.
  2. Namulanda G, Qualters J, Vaidyanathan A, Roberts E, Richardson M, Fraser A, McVeigh KH, Patterson S. 2018. Electronic health record case studies to advance environmental public health tracking. Journal of biomedical informatics. 79, pp. 98-104.
  3. Lay CR, Mills D, Belova A, Sarofim MC, Kinney PL, Vaidyanathan A, Jones R, Hall R, Saha S. 2018. Emergency Department Visits and Ambient Temperature: Evaluating the Connection and Projecting Future Outcomes. GeoHealth, 2, pp. 182–194.
  4. Vaidyanathan A, Yip F, Garbe P. 2018. Developing an online tool for identifying at-risk populations to wildfire smoke hazards. Science of the Total Environment, 619, pp.376-383.
  5. Parker JD, Kravets N, Vaidyanathan A. 2018. Particulate matter air pollution exposure and heart disease mortality risks by race and ethnicity in the United States: 1997-2009 NHIS with mortality follow-up through 2011. Circulation. 137(16), pp. 1688-1697.
  6. Taylor EV, Vaidyanathan A, Noe RS, Murphy M, Flanders WD. 2017. Differences in heat-related mortality by citizenship status: United States, 2005–2014 American Journal of Public Health. 108(S2), pp. S131-S136
  7. Gan RW, Ford BH, Lassman W, Pfister G, Vaidyanathan V, Fischer E, Volckens J, Pierce JR, and Magzamen S. 2017. A comparison of smoke estimation methods and their association with wildfire smoke and cardiopulmonary-related hospital admissions during the 2012 Washington wildfires. GeoHealth, 1(3), pp. 122-136.
  8. Vaidyanathan A, Kegler SR, Saha SS, and Mulholland JA. 2016. A statistical framework to evaluate extreme weather definitions from a health perspective: A demonstration based on extreme heat events. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(10), pp.1817-1830
  9. Mirabelli MC, Vaidyanathan A, Flanders WD, Qin X, and Garbe PL. 2016. Outdoor PM2.5, ambient air temperature, and asthma symptoms in the past 14 days among adults with active asthma. Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(12), 1882.
  10. Li C, Balluz L, Vaidyanathan A, Wen X, Hao Y, and Qualters JR. 2016. Long-Term exposure to ozone and life expectancy in the United States, 2002-2008. Medicine, 96(7).
  11. Byers N, Ritchie M, Vaidyanathan A, and Yip FY. 2015. Estimation of the short-term effects of ambient air pollutants on asthma-related emergency department visits in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007–2011. Journal of Asthma, (2015), pp. 1-8.
  12. Fechter-Leggett E, Vaidyanathan A, and Choudhary E. 2015. Heat stress emergency department visits in national environmental public health tracking states, 2005–2010. Journal of community health, (2015), pp. 1-13.
  13. Saha SS, Brock JW, Vaidyanathan A, Easterling DR, and Luber G. 2015. Spatial variation in hyperthermia emergency department visits among those with employer-based insurance in the United States–a case-crossover analysis. Environmental Health, 14(1), 20
  14. Choudhary E, and Vaidyanathan A. 2014. Heat stress illness hospitalizations—Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, 20 States, 2001–2010. MMWR: Surveillance summaries, 63, pp. 1-10.
  15. Pillai SK, Noe RS, Murphy MW, Wolkin AF, Vaidyanathan A, Young R, Kieszak S, Freymann G, Smith W, Drenzek C, and Lewis L. 2013. Heat illness: Predictors of hospital admissions among emergency department visits — Georgia, 2002–2008. Journal of Community Health, 13, pp. 9743-9754.
  16. Taylor EV, Vaidyanathan A, Wolkin A Fowler DR, Mitchell CS, Brown A, Pollock T, Bratka LA, Paulson J, Noller AC, Mauskapf R, Oscanyan K, and Radcliffe R. 2013. Heat-related deaths after an extreme heat event — four states, 2012 and United States, 1999–2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 62(22), pp. 433–436.
  17. Vaidyanathan A, Dimmick WF, Kegler SR, and Qualters JQ. 2013. Statistical air quality predictions for public health surveillance: evaluation and generation of county level metrics of PM2.5 for the environmental public health tracking network. International Journal of Health Geographics, 12:12.
  18. Vaidyanathan A, Staley FS, Shire J, Subrahmanyam M, Meyer P, and Brown MJ. 2009. Screening for lead poisoning: A geo-spatial approach to determine testing of children in at-risk neighborhoods. Pediatrics, 154(3), pp. 409-414.
  19. Vaidyanathan A, Mulholland JA, Ryu JK, Circeo LJ, and Smith MJ. 2007. Characterization of fuel gas products from the treatment of solid waste streams with a plasma arc torch. Journal of Environmental Management, 80 (2), pp.77-82.

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