Penn Medicine Zika Virus Experts Available for Interviews

Article ID: 647200

Released: 2-Feb-2016 11:05 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, including infectious disease physicians and an obstetrician, are available to comment on the Zika virus outbreak, which the World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency.

Stephen Gluckman, MD, a professor of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Gluckman is an infectious disease specialist and physician who serves as the medical director of Penn Global Medicine. His area of expertise includes travel medicine, international medicine, and tropical diseases.

Media Contact: Steve Graff,, 215-349-5653 David Weiner, PhD, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Weiner and his group have focused extensively on the development of gene-based vaccines, immune therapies and molecular interventions for the treatment of human and animal disease, with a particular focus on emerging infectious diseases. He is currently investigating a vaccine for Zika virus.

Media Contact: Karen Kreeger,, 215-349-5658 Jack Ludmir, MD, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Ludmir is a Penn Medicine obstetrician who is currently in Colombia, South America. He is seeing patients with the Zika virus and working with Colombian obstetricians and authorities to help develop guidelines based on current knowledge for the care of patients with the virus.

Media Contact: Katie Delach,, 215-349-5964 Neil Fishman, MD, associate chief medical officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System

Dr. Fishman is an infectious disease physician who specializes in healthcare infection control and epidemiology. He can speak to special pathogens, like Zika virus, including the risks, biology, and vectors.

Media Contact: Steve Graff,, 215-349-5653Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD, professor of Infectious Diseases Dr. Rubin is an infectious diseases physician and researcher who serves as the director of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response. ISTAR is a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, and leaders from around the world, on emerging threats to national and international security with an emphasis on global public health. Media Contact: Steve Graff,, 215-349-5653


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