Charles Branas

  • Director, Penn Injury Science Center
  • Director, Urban Health Lab
  • Director, Cartographic Modeling Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine



Dr. Branas works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and place-based change. His studies have been replicated nationally and in cities across the US and other countries. Dr. Branas has served on boards and offered scientific expertise for numerous groups including the NIH, the CDC, and the National Academies in the US, as well as scientific organizations in Canada, Greece, Guatemala, South Africa, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. His work has been cited by the US Supreme Court and Congress. He is a past President of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Branas coordinates research activities in Youngstown, Ohio, where he has conducted previous studies on greening and violence. Dr. Branas works closely with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, the lead organization for blight remediation in the city.