Anna Waller, ScD

Research Professor in Emergency Medicine, Director of the Carolina Center for Health informatics in the UNC Department of Emergency Medicine PI : NCBEIPS

Anna Waller, ScD

Anna Waller, ScD

Research Professor in Emergency Medicine
Director, Carolina Center for Health Informatics



  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • ScD, Doctorate of Science, Johns Hopkins University,  School of Public Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

  • University of Otago Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Otago, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Injury Prevention Research Unit, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND. 1992 - 1993. 
  •  Health Research Council (formerly the Medical Research Council) of New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Otago, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND. 1990 – 1992. 

Professional Organization Memberships

  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
  • International Society for Disease Surveillance
  • American Public Health Association
  • North Carolina Public Health Association
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

Miscellaneous information

Anna Waller is Director of the Carolina Center for Health Informatics (CCHI).  CCHI is a practice-based, multidisciplinary research unit within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CCHI faculty and staff are involved in a variety of informatics-related projects and oversee the continuing development and maintenance of the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) in collaboration with the NC Division of Public Health.  Dr. Waller is the Principle Investigator and Science Director for NC DETECT and either Principal or Co-Investigator on several other health informatics related research projects. She has been involved in public health surveillance work for more than 30 years and in the use of emergency department visit data for public health research since 1994.


North Carolina Bioterrorism and Emerging Infection Prevention System

Selected Publications

  1. Lippmann SJ, Fuhrmann CM, Waller AE, Richardson DB. Ambient temperature and emergency department visits for heat-related illness in North Carolina, 2007-2008. Environmental Research April 2013.
  2. Yeatts K, Lippmann SJ, Waller A, Hassmiller Lich K, Travers D, Weinberger M, Donohue JF. Acute exacerbations of COPD in the emergency department (ED): ED returns, hospital admissions, and comorbidity risks.  CHEST 2013 Apr 11. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-1899. [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Lich KH, Travers D, Psek W, Weinberger M, Yeatts K, Liao W, Lippman SJ, Njord L, Waller AE.  Emergency department visits attributable to asthma in North Carolina, 2008.  North Carolina Medical Journal 2013; 74(1):9-17. 
  5. Rhea S, Ising A, Waller A, Haskell MG, Weber DJ.  Using ICD-9-CM E-codes in addition to chief complaint keyword searches for identification of animal bite-related emergency department visits (comment).  Public Health Reports 2012; 127(6):561-2.
  6. Samoff E, Waller AE, Fleischauer A, Ising A, Davis M, Park M, Haas SW, DiBiase L, MacDonald PDM.  Integration of syndromic surveillance data into public health practice at state and local levels.  Public Health Reports, 2012; 127(3):310-317.
  7. Leak A, Mayer D, Wyss A, Travers D, Waller A.  Why do cancer patients die in the emergency department (ED)? An analysis of 283 deaths in NC EDs.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, (published online May 2012).
  8. Zhao Y, Zeng D, Herring AH, Ising A, Waller AE, Richardson D, Kosorok MR.  Detecting disease outbreaks using local spatiotemporal methods.  Biometrics 2011; 67: 1508-1517.  (Winner of 2011 Best Paper in Biometrics by an IBS Member Award.)
  9. Rhea S, Ising A, Deyneka L, Vaughn-Batten H, Fleischauer A, Waller A.  Using near real-time morbidity data to identify heat-related illness prevention strategies in North Carolina.  Journal of Community Health 2012; 37(2): 495-500 (published online September, 2011).
  10. Rhea S, Glickman S, Waller A, Ising A, Williams C, Glickman L.  Association of doxycycline prescriptions and tick-related emergency department visits in North Carolina.  Southern Medical Journal 2011; 104(9): 653-658.
  11. Mayer D, Travers D, Wyss A, Leak A, Waller A.  Why do cancer patients visit emergency departments? Results of a 2008 population study in North Carolina.  Journal of Clinical Oncology 2011, 29(19): 2683-8.
  12. Rhea S, Glickman S, Waller A, Ising A, Maillard J, Lund E, Glickman L.  Evaluation of routinely collected veterinary and human health data for surveillance of human tick-borne diseases in North Carolina.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 2010; 11(1): 9-14.
  13. Waller AE, Hakenewerth AM, Tintinalli JE, Ising AI.  Annual report of North Carolina emergency department data, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007.  NCMJ 2010; 71(1): 15-25.
  14. Travers DA, Waller AE, Katznelson J, Agans R.  Reliability and validity of the Emergency Severity Index for pediatric triage.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2009; 16:843-849; published online August 31, 2009.
  15. Hakenewerth AM, Waller AE, Ising AI, Tintinalli JE.  NC DETECT and NHAMCS:  Comparison of emergency department data.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2009; 16:261-269; published online December 31, 2008.
  16. Haas SW, Travers DA, Tintinalli JE, Pollock D, Waller AE, et al.  Towards vocabulary control for chief complaint.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2008; 5:476-82.
  17. West SL, D’Aloisio AA, Ringle-Kulka T, Waller AE, Bordley C.  Population-based drug-related anaphylaxis in children and adolescents captured by South Carolina Emergency Room Hospital Discharge Database (SCERHDD) (2000–2002).  Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 2007; 12:1255-67. Published online in Wiley InterScience ( DOI: 10.1002/pds.1502
  18. Waller AE, Ising AI, Deyneka L.  North Carolina emergency department visit data available for public health surveillance.  NC Med J July/August 2007; 68(4): 289-291.
  19. Scholer MJ, Ghneim GS, Wu S, Westlake M, Travers DA, Waller AE, McCalla AL, Wetterhall SF.  Defining and applying a method for improving the sensitivity and specificity of an emergency department early event detection system.  Proceedings of the 2007 American Medical Informatics Association Symposium, 651-655.
  20. Travers DA, Wu S, Scholer MJ, Westlake M, Waller AE, McCalla AL.  Evaluation for a chief complaint pre-processor for biosurveillance.  American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium Proceedings.  2007:736-740.
  21. Haas S, Travers D, Waller A, Kramer-Duffield J.  What is an event?  Domain constraints for temporal analysis of chief complaints and triage notes.  Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 4 pages.
  22. Sanford C, Marshall SW, Martin SL, Coyne-Beasley T, Waller AE, Cook PJ, Norwood T, Demissie Z.  Deaths from violence in North Carolina, 2004:  How deaths differ in females and males.  Injury Prevention.  12:10-16, 2006.
  23. Travers D, Barnett C, Ising A, Waller AE.  Timeliness of emergency department diagnosis for syndromic surveillance.  American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium Proceedings. 2006: 769-773.
  24. Ising A, Waller AE, McLamb J, Eubanks T.  North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT).   HIMSS Conference Proceedings, 2006, 14 pages.
  25. Sickbert-Bennett EE, Scholer MJ, Butler J, Travers D, MacFarquhar JK, Waller AE, Ghneim G.  Evaluation of a syndromic surveillance system for the detection of acute infectious gastroenteritis outbreaks – North Carolina, 2004.  In:  Syndromic Surveillance:  Reports from a National Conference, 2004.  MMWR 2005; 54(Suppl):203.