Established in 1999 by Leon S. Robertson in response to a challenge gift from two anonymous donors

LEON S. ROBERTSON is an internationally recognized authority on injury epidemiology and prevention. He has held positions at Harvard Medical School, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University. As president of Nanlee Research, Dr. Robertson has been a consultant on injury control to industry, labor, and government. An enthusiastic and influential teacher, he has often lectured to students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has written nine books and more than 140 research publications dealing with injury prevention.

This chair was endowed to support the career development of an assistant or associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management or the Department of International Health whose principal focus relates to the field of injury prevention by providing substantial funding for a period of three years, after which a new recipient will be identified.


KAVI BHALLA, the Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Professor of Injury Prevention, is an assistant professor at the International Injury Research Unit in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research aims to develop transport systems that are safe, sustainable, and equitable, with a central focus on road safety in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has focused on the development of analytical tools for improving estimates of the incidence of injuries in information-poor settings using available data sources. Dr. Bhalla co-leads the injury expert group of the Global Burden of Disease Project. He is formally trained as a mechanical engineer and his PhD (Cornell, 2001) thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which he later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness. He is broadly interested in the design of products, environments, and systems that are safe and have positive health impacts.