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H1N1 (SWINE INFLUENZA) EXPERTS AT THE JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS

September 30, 2009- Johns Hopkins has a wide range of experts available for interviews and comments about H1N1 and seasonal flu, emergency preparedness, infection control, transmission in children, vaccine safety, flu treatment, public health ethics, flu in cancer patients, and public communications strategies. If you would like to interview a Johns Hopkins expert, call or email the designated information officer in the list below. If you do not see an expert in your field of interest, contact Media Relations at 410-955-4288.

Flu Pandemic, Public Health Crises Planning and Response
Area of expertise: Planning, preparedness and rapid response for medical facilities and institutions; large-scale disaster planning and emergency response; and coordination with federal, state and local governments and disaster assistance organizations.

Gabor Kelen, M.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

James Scheulen
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response ( CEPAR)
Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Emergency Medicine

Christina Catlett, M.D.
Associate Director for Health System Preparedness, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response ( CEPAR)
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

To schedule an interview with one of these experts, please contact Mark Guidera, communications manager, CEPAR and Marketing & Communications: 410-735-6429, 443-898-2320 (cell), or
mguider1@jhmi.edu.

Infection Control
Area of Expertise: Infectious diseases, protecting patients and hospital staff from outbreaks of illness, epidemiology, and infectious-disease identification and monitoring.

Trish Perl, M.D.
Director of Johns Hopkins Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

John Bartlett, M.D.
Stanhope Bayne-Jones Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Howard Gwon
Administrator, Office of Emergency Management
Johns Hopkins Hospital

To schedule an interview with one of these experts please contact Gary Stephenson, assistant director, Media Relations, Marketing and Communications. 410-955-5384 or
gstephenson@jhmi.edu.

Child Health (Pediatrics)
Area of Expertise: H1N1 transmission in children, vaccine safety for children, and planning and response to flu effects on children.

Julia McMillan, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics

Aaron Milstone, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control (HEIC) Committee

Allen Walker, M.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Niranjan Bhat, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

To schedule an interview with one of these experts, please contact Kim S. Martin, director, Communications & Public Affairs, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, 410-516-4958; or Kim Hoppe, associate director of Public Affairs, 410-516-4934.

Flu in Cancer Patients

Suzanne M. Cowperthwaite, M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Director of Nursing, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

To schedule an interview with this expert, please contact Vanessa Wasta, communications associate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Public Affairs: 410-614-2916 or wastava@jhmi.edu.

Influenza Viruses/Vaccine Development
Area of Expertise: Swine flu, avian flu and other influenza viruses; respiratory viruses, such as SARS; and vaccine development and effectiveness.

Andrew Pekosz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ruth Karron, M.D.
Professor , Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director, Center for Immunization Research; Director, Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative

Public Health Law and Ethics
Area of Expertise: International, national, state and local aspects of legal preparedness and emergency responses, including issues such as emergency declarations, public health powers at the federal, state, and local levels, and ethical issues on testing, screening, vaccination, quarantine, isolation, and civil liberties interests.

Ruth Faden, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Philip Franklin Wagley Professor in Biomedical Ethics

Holly Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics
 
Nancy Kass, Sc.D.
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health

Influenza Epidemiology (Disease Tracking, Mapping)

Area of Expertise: Tracking of influenza spread and computer modeling of disease.

Derek Cummings Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health
and International Health

Vaccine Safety
Area of Expertise: Vaccine safety, children and vaccines, and other vaccine production questions.
Neal Halsey, M.D.
Professor, International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Global Disease Transmission (Disease Vectors)
Area of Expertise: Role of air transportation in the spread of influenza.

Greg Glass, Ph.D.
Professor Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Behavior Communication and Prevention Planning
Area of Expertise: Communication strategies in the context of pandemic flu preparation.

Douglas Storey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Associate Director, Communication Science & Research, The Health Communication Partnership

To schedule an interview with one of these experts, contact Tim Parsons
director, Public Affairs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
410-955-7619 or
tparson@jhsph.edu.

 

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