University of Nebraska Medical Center

Elizabeth Rini Schnaubelt, MD

Director, C-STARS Omaha
Global Center for Health Security Scholar
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Disease,
UNMC College of Medicine

Elizabeth Schnaubelt


Dr. Elizabeth Schnaubelt is an Air Force infectious diseases physician and a Scholar of the UNMC Global Center for Health Security. She is the director of the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) Omaha, En Route Care Training Department, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, 711th Human Performance Wing. As director, she leads the C-STARS Omaha team located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine to develop and deliver biocontainment care training for Air Force and other uniformed medical personnel. In this role, Lieutenant Colonel Schnaubelt also provides consultation to Air Mobility Command on air transport of patients with highly contagious infectious diseases, as well as Air Combat Command on the development of an expeditionary biocontainment unit capability. 

Prior to her current position, Dr. Schnaubelt served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Division of Global HIV & Tuberculosis (TB), Global TB Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked with international Ministries of Health supporting implementation of the World Health Organization’s End TB Strategy addressing TB infection control and TB/HIV collaborative activities. As an EIS officer she supported efforts committed to reducing the global burden of TB by conducting innovative, impactful, and programmatically relevant research and by providing technical assistance to national TB programs while working directly with country-level Ministries of Health. Her international EIS work included projects in Haiti, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, China, and Vietnam.

Dr. Schnaubelt spent three years assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, which serves as the evacuation and treatment center for all injured members serving throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  During the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, she served as the infectious diseases medical lead on a team that developed contingency plans for treating and managing Ebola-infected patients evacuated from Africa. In 2013, she deployed to Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where she delivered care to combat casualties and critically ill U.S., coalition, and Afghan military members. While there she revamped infection prevention and control procedures and protocols and provided subspecialty consultation throughout the combined joint operations area.

Dr. Schnaubelt’s research interests and passion for clinical care center around biopreparedness, global health, trauma-related infections, and tropical medicine.


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