Sarah-Blythe Ballard is a flight surgeon and preventive medicine physician working at the intersection of global health and security. She is enrolled in the International Health (Global Disease Epidemiology and Control) PhD programs at Johns Hopkins. Prior to coming to Hopkins, she served as the Command Flight Surgeon for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and the Senior Medical Officer in charge of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) Flight Line Aid Station.
Sarah-Blythe performed HIV/AIDS vaccine research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, served as the Coordinator for Naval Medical Center San Diego's Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center, and completed deployments with the Navy and Marine Corps to Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition, she has led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in the Pacific Region as an American Red Cross doctor, acted as a military liaison to the Dhi Qar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, and completed civic action projects in Venezuela, Peru, and Djibouti.
Sarah-Blythe is currently completing an International Health (Global Disease Epidemiology and Control) PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Agnes Scott College; an MD from Emory University; and an MPH from Hopkins. She completed her General Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins and holds a certificate in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins, a certificate in Tropical Medicine from Johns Hopkins, and a certificate in Military Tropical Medicine from the Uniformed Services University. She is an Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Fellow and a Manfred Woerner (German Marshall Fund) Fellow.