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CDC expert talks 'public health threats'

Monday, April 14, 2014

A high-profile public health director from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is speaking at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday, April 29, about “Health Security: Our Nation’s Defense in the Battle Between Man and Nature.”

Ali S. Khan, M.D., director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and retired United States Assistant Surgeon General, will discuss national health security and the CDC’s innovative role in securing America from all public health threats.

Khan is among the country’s foremost experts on health security. He published the first national public health preparedness strategic plan, established bioterrorism preparedness, directed the CDC’s operational response to the 2001 anthrax attacks in Washington, D.C., and launched national disaster relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

Khan’s career has also focused on emerging infectious diseases; he has organized several worldwide emergency responses during outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, avian influenza and SARS, as well as developed global health polio and malaria initiatives.

In addition to working for the CDC, Khan holds a Master’s of Public Health from Emory University, where he teaches as an adjunct professor in the Rollins School of Public Health. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Khan is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapters and editorials, and has consulted extensively for countries and high-profile organizations including NASA and the World Health Organization.

The free presentation, sponsored by Mercyhurst University Institute for Public Health and the Public Health Department, will commence at 7 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre on Mercyhurst’s Erie campus. It is open to the public.

For more information, call 814-824-3671 or e-mail