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Thomas Inglesby, MD
Preparing for Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergencies After the Lessons of Ebola

Dr. Inglesby is Director of the UPMC Center for Health Security, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to protecting people’s health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to ensuring that communities are resilient to those challenges. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Inglesby’s work is internationally recognized in the fields of public health preparedness, pandemic flu and epidemic planning, and biosecurity. He is Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Health Security Preparedness Index. He is a member of the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup appointed by the CDC Director that is examining the biosafety practices of the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is on the Advisory Committee to the Biomedical Advanced Medical Research Authority (BARDA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response of the Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served on committees of the Defense Science Board and the National Academies of Sciences and in an advisory capacity to DHS and DARPA. During the past 15 years, Dr. Inglesby has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and editorials on a range of issues related to health and security. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Security, which he helped to establish 13 years ago as the first peer-reviewed journal in its field, under its original title, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. He was a principal editor of the JAMA book Bioterrorism: Guidelines for Medical and Public Health Management. He has been invited to brief White House officials from the past 3 presidential administrations on national biosecurity challenges and priorities, and he has delivered Congressional testimony on public health preparedness and biosecurity. He is regularly consulted by major news outlets for his expertise. He is also on the Board of Directors of PurThread, a company dedicated to developing antimicrobial textiles. Dr. Inglesby completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also served as Assistant Chief of Service in 1996-97. Dr. Inglesby received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his BA from Georgetown University. He continues to see patients in a weekly infectious disease clinic.