Travis Sanchez, PhD, MPH
Rollins School of Public Health, USA
Travis Sanchez's research interests include: disease surveillance evaluation, HIV/AIDS prevention, infectious disease, public health practice and sexual health/behavior
Dr. Sanchez received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1994. After a veterinary internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Sanchez practiced as an emergency veterinarian in the Metro Atlanta area until he returned to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and received his Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology in 2000. Dr. Sanchez began his public health career working for the Georgia Division of Public Health in the notifiable diseases epidemiology section and coordinated the state’s district epidemiologist program. He came to CDC in 2001 and worked for the Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and later for the newly created Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB) as a project officer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. In 2005, he became BCSB’s Associate Chief for Science and served for extended periods as an Acting Team Leader and the Acting Branch Chief for BCSB. Dr. Sanchez participated in CDC’s IETA program in Vietnam in 2005 and worked closely with CDC’s Associate Director for Science in 2007 during a training detail. From 2008-2009 he was the Chief of the Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch of the CDC-South Africa Office. From 2009-2011, Dr. Sanchez served as the Associate Chief for Science in the HIV Epidemiology Branch at CDC. In 2011 he took an associate professor appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.
Stefan Baral, MD FRCPC CCFP
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Stefan Baral's focus includes assessing the coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for key populations; metrics to track progress on stigma and data utilization assessment and optimization, and implementation of research methods to optimize the effectiveness of HIV prevention, treatment, and care programs.
Stefan Baral is an Associate Professor and the director of the Key Populations Program (KPP) in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He focuses on using the scientific tools of public health to address the health and rights of marginalized populations in the HIV response. Dr. Baral completed his certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada focused on Community Medicine, with advanced training in infectious diseases and public health practice.
John Brownstein, PhD
Harvard Medical School, USA
Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, USA
John Brownstein was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.
Mircea Focsa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara
Mircea Focsa is a medical doctor and specialist in public health and healthcare management. His great attraction to the IT domain lead his research to fields like database and knowledge management, bio-signals and image processing, biostatistics, and medical ontology. He earned hi PhD in medical informatics and was involved as member or team leader in several European and national research projects related to EHR systems (QREC, EHR-QTN, epSOS). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara and recently became an Expert Evaluator of the European Commission for eHealth Projects.
Matthew McKenna, MD, MPH, FACPM
Fulton County Dept of Health and Wellness, USA
Ali Mokdad, PhD, BS
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), USA
Ali Mokdad's research interests include survey methodology, health surveys, surveillance, chronic diseases, and emergency and response.
Dr. Ali Mokdad leads the survey and surveillance activities at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the CDC, starting his career there in 1990. He served in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.
Patrick Sullivan, PhD/DVM
Emory University/Rollins School of Public Health, USA
Patrick Sullivan is currently the PI of NIH-supported research grants to explain black/white disparities in HIV among MSM, to develop improved methods for online HIV prevention studies, and to pilot a couples-focused HIV prevention intervention for MSM. He also serves as Co-Director of the Emory CFAR's Prevention Sciences Core.
Dr. Sullivan has 17 years of experience in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and behavioral surveillance in the United States and in international settings. He worked in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 12 years, including service as a Branch Chief and Acting Deputy Division Director in the Division of HIV AIDS Prevention. He also has experience in design and oversight of biomedical prevention trials, having served as the Associate Director of Scientific Support for the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of HIV vaccine trial sites in developing countries, including African countries.