Dr. Christopher Ohl is an infectious disease specialist in Winston Salem, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Andrew Pavia, MD, is a professor of Pediatrics at University of Utah Health and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Primary Children's Medical Center. His interests include the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of emerging infectious diseases including influenza, respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases. He is keenly interested in HIV/AIDS and has been involved in HIV clinical care and research since the 1980’s. Dr. Pavia has over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, textbook chapters, reviews and scientific abstracts.
Professor of Medicine in the Division of InfectiouUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Sexually Transmitted Disease, STI, HIV, AIDS, Public Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease
Dr. Jeffrey Klausner is an expert in infectious disease prevention and control. He is a frequent advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO). From 1998-2009, Klausner was a deputy health officer, director of STD prevention and control services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and from 2009-2011 was branch chief for HIV and TB at the Centers for Disease Control, South Africa. Dr. Klausner research interests are in applied epidemiology and the prevention and control of infectious diseases of public health importance like HIV, STDs, TB and cryptococcus. Dr. Klausner has a particular interest in the use of technology—information, digital, and laboratory—to facilitate access to treatment for disadvantaged populations. Dr. Klausner has been funded by the NIH, CDC, private pharmaceutical and test manufacturers to study the benefits of new ways to find and treat infectious diseases. He has been a leading advocate in the use of medical male circumcision for HIV and STD prevention.
Dr. Rupp is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at VCU. He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA), American College of Physicians (ACP), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is a Past-President of SHEA and is a past-president of ASM Division L (Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology). Dr Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rupp has published over 300 articles, chapters and abstracts and is the editor of a textbook entitled “Biofilms, Infections, and Antimicrobial Therapy.” He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp’s research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.
Dr. Pavia is a pediatric infectious disease expert who can provide expert commentary on vaccines, infectious disease and related trending topics. He has become a trusted source for top national media. He received his bachelor's degree and medical degree at Brown University. He trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at Dartmouth and the University of Utah. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Pavia trained in Public Health Epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and a Preventive Medicine Resident. Additionally, Dr. Pavia completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the University of Utah. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 1991. In 2003 Dr. Pavia became the George and Esther Gross Presidential Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, where he mentors a dynamic and productive team of faculty and fellows. He also serves as Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Primary Children's Hospital and Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Pavia is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Pavia is a member of the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine Forum on Preparedness. He was recently Vice Chair and Chair of the Program Committee for IDWeek and served two terms on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and past chair of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force and past Chair of the National and Global Public Policy Committee. Dr. Pavia served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and chaired the Vaccine Safety Working Group, was an inaugural member of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) and chaired the Influenza Working Group, and co-chaired the Personal Preparedness Working Group of the NBSB from 2008-2010. Dr. Pavia has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees including “Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing and Distribution and Dispensing System,” and “Prepositioned Medical Countermeasure for the Public,” and is a frequent consultant for CDC. He is an associate Editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and is on the editorial board the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and a reviewer for numerous journals. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, textbook chapters, reviews and scientific abstracts. His research interests include the epidemiology of influenza and other emerging respiratory infections, pneumonia, vaccine preventable diseases, emerging infections, and HIV/ AIDS, with a particular interest in infections of pregnant women and their children. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Pavia received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. He completed his residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and served as Chief Resident. He then served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine. He completed fellowship training in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the University of Utah. Dr. Pavia is currently the George and Esther Gross Presidential Professor at the University of Utah and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His academic interests include the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of emerging infectious diseases including influenza, respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases. He is also keenly interested in HIV/AIDS and has been involved in HIV clinical care and research since the 1980s.
In 2009, she joined the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine at McMaster University and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. In 2019, she was promoted to tenure professor in the same department. The Bowdish lab focuses primarily on the effects of aging on the immune system, specifically macrophages. Her lab has been able to elucidate a mechanistic explanation for how aging alters myeloid cells and how these cells increase susceptibility to pneumococcal pneumonia. In 2017, the Bowdish lab demonstrated that age-associated gut microbe dysbiosis in mice increases age-associated inflammation. Bowdish currently holds an h-index score of 38. Bowdish's published works have received much media attention and continue to contribute more information regarding the interplay between the immune system, the gut microbiota, susceptibility to infection and aging.
Mobeen Rathore, MD, is chief of infectious diseases for UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital, and Professor and Associate Chair for the UF College of Medicine, Jacksonville. He is the Founding Director of UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service. Dr. Rathore has served on the board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and UF Jacksonville practice plan. Dr. Rathore is an infectious disease specialist in Jacksonville, FL, and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from King Edward Med College in 1983 and specializes in infectious disease medicine. Dr. Rathore specializes in Pediatric Infectious Diseases cares for children through the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Dr. Rathore has not only closed the “town-and-gown” gap in medicine, but he is also very active in the community serving on the boards of OneJax (a diversity/inclusion advocacy organization) and Environmental Protection Board. He is President of the board of MASS free clinic for the uninsured and President-elect of Leadership Jacksonville. A fervent advocate for all children and especially children with HIV he has been instrumental in the improvement of HIV care of children and pregnant women in the State of Florida. He is the Medical Director of Children’s Medical Service for Northeast Florida. Dr. Rathore is a nominee for President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Dumois is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He joined the Hospital in 1993. He helps treat children with a variety of infectious diseases and is the director of our International Adoption Clinic. Dr. Dumois received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at All Children's Hospital/USF, serving as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., in a joint program with the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Physician of the Year Clinical Award in 2016. He plays an active role in continuing medical education, chairing the Planning Committee for the annual Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference and weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Dumois is board certified in pediatric infectious diseases. He has received the USF Pediatric Attending Teacher of the Year Award and has been included in Best Doctors in America for more than a decade.
Director and Professor Immunity and Pathogenesis ProgramSanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Research, Biological Studies, Inflammatory Disease, Infectious Disease, Immunity, Pathogenesis
Sumit Chanda earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2001, and received his post-doctoral training at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF). He subsequently transitioned to a Group Leader position, and established his research group in the Division of Cellular Genomics at GNF. In 2007, he joined the Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute as an Associate Professor. Dr. Chanda also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as a Visiting Scientist position at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.
Infectious disease specialist, Professor in Clinical MedicineUniversity of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine
HIV, Infectious Disease, covid 19
Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera MD, FACP, MRCOG (UK), CIP is a Professor in Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has been working on HIV for the last 25 years. He has received grant support from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jayaweera has led and continues to lead numerous industry-funded trials of HIV and HIV/HCV coinfection and has published extensively. He was formerly the Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Research overseeing the activities of the ethics committees. He received his M.D. degree in Sri Lanka and trained in medicine in Sri Lanka, Great Britain, and the Loyola University of Chicago. In conjunction with other esteemed faculty members at UM, he has been instrumental in initiating minority HIV and HIV/HCV care clinics in the US. Prof. Jayaweera is a frequent speaker and organizer of international workshops, meetings, and conferences.
Paul A. Offit, MD, is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute Gold Medal. Dr. Offit has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq®, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC. For this achievement, Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Biologics Industry Organization (BIO), the David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Odyssey Award from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Offit received the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine from the Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2013, he received the Maxwell Finland award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Innovators in Health Award from the Group Health Foundation. In 2014, he was elected to the board of trustees at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, and in 2015, he was elected to the American Association of Physicians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as being named as a Fellow for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In 2016, Dr. Offit received the Franklin Founder Award by the City of Philadelphia, The Porter Prize from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine from The American Philosophical Society. In 2017, he received the Defensor Scientiae Award and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In 2018, he was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH is a public health leader, scientist, and health services researcher. She is a Visiting Research Scientist in the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a retired Captain in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Shen served over 22 years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s National Vaccine Program Office. She also served at USAID in the Bureau of Global Health, leading routine immunizations and has supported the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Botswana. Dr. Shen is a recognized expert in public health practice, policy, research and FDA-regulation. She specializes in vaccines and immunizations and was a designated federal official for the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Dr. Shen also served on the adult working group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Dr. Shen co-founded and co-launched the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) in 2012 with the American Medical Association and the CDC. She also led the NAIIS Quality and Performance Measures Working Group including the development of two new adult composite measures, one for prenatal women and one for adults. These two measures were adopted into the 2019 HEDIS® dataset, one of health care’s most widely used performance measurement tools. She is the recipient of over 13 civilian awards, including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (2006) and the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Special Recognition Award (2008) and 31 Uniformed Service awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal (2017), four Outstanding Service Medals (2017, 2017, 2007, 2007), three Commendation Medals (2017, 2012, 2010), the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal (2006), the Presidential Unit Citation (2015), the Foreign Duty Award (2004), and the Junior Officer of the Year (2007). In 2014, Dr. Shen was named Loma Linda University School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year.
Susan Coffin, MD, MPH, is an attending physician for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a core faculty member of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP, and a professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is actively engaged in the clinical care of children with infections, research on the transmission of infectious diseases in healthcare and community settings, and teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, and other care providers. Dr. Coffin is the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and a senior member of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Coffin also works with public health departments to promote health and safety for all residents of Philadelphia. Dr. Coffin has an active and well-funded research program that focuses on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Coffin is an active participant in numerous local, state and nation-wide public health programs that address such topics as the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, pandemic influenza preparedness, and pediatric influenza. In addition, Dr. Coffin has worked on infectious diseases prevention projects in healthcare and community settings in Botswana, Ghana, Vietnam, Egypt, Greece and China. Dr. Coffin’s interests include pediatrics, infectious diseases, public health, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, infection control and healthcare-associated infections, quality improvement.
A physician-scientist, Dr. John’s NIH-funded research focuses on the Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite, with a particular interest in understanding its basic molecular and cellular biology and functions of its specific metabolic pathways — what the parasite needs to make and why it needs to make it — to identify new antimalarial drug targets and develop new diagnostics. Dr. John is an investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases of the Burroughs Welcome Fund. She has received numerous accolades, including awards from the American Chemical Society, March of Dimes, and, most recently the IDea Incubator Grand Prize from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Julia Shaklee Sammons, MD, MSCE, is the Hospital epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Areas of Expertise: Prevention of healthcare-associated infections, Epidemiology of pediatric C. difficile infection, Change management and implementation of quality improvement initiatives Medical School MD - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Internship Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Residency Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Fellowship Pediatric Infectious Diseases - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Board Certification Pediatric Infectious Diseases Pediatrics Graduate Degree Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA