Krutika Kuppalli

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is an infectious diseases physician who has focused on the care of vulnerable patients in the U.S. and abroad. She is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. As the vice chair of the Global Health Committee at the Infectious Diseases Society of America,  she is spearheading efforts to prepare and train physicians to handle infectious diseases. 

Kuppalli has recently focused on ways to control the COVID-19 outbreak. In an op-ed, Kuppalli and the chair of the Global Health Committee highlight the need for increased funding to government health agencies to strengthen global pandemic responses. 

 

Kuppalli has worked in Ethiopia, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Haiti and elsewhere. During the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014, she supervised treatment at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. She has experience caring for patients with HIV/AIDS, leading preparations for pandemic responses in resource-limited situations, and in the development of therapeutics for emerging pathogens. 

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Expertise: Emerging infections, outbreak preparedness and response, biosecurity

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Contact information: 

Email: krutika.kuppalli@gmail.com

Phone: 843-876-0585 (work)

Twitter: @KrutikaKuppalli

Listen to Krutika Kuppalli on the IDSA COVID-19 podcast:

 

Updated October 27, 2020

Michelle Ko

Dr. Michelle Ko is an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Davis. She researches the connections between policy, health care and social inequality.

Her research and teaching span a range of topics including: 

  • Medicaid
  • Racial inequities in health care 
  • Aging and long-term services and supports
  • Access to care for urban and rural underserved communities
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the health care workforce

Ko was the lead researcher on a study that found women and minority health professionals face harassment and discrimination rural areas, and are sometimes even driven out by it.

Areas of expertise: Medicaid, inequalities in health care, care for the aging

Location: Davis, California

Contact Information: 

Email: mijko@ucdavis.edu

Phone: 530-752-7709 

Twitter: @michelleko2d 

She can be heard here:

 

Last updated: Feb. 12, 2020

Pierre Vigilance

Pierre Vigilance is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He is an expert on health policy,  public and community health, social determinants of health, and policy and program development.

Previously, Vigilance was the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. He also served as Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health, and as the Assistant Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Baltimore City.

Currently, Vigilance teaches and advises students and executive learners, oversees the applied learning platform, and co-directs the school’s Diversity and Inclusion work.

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Areas of Expertise: Public health, community health, population health, policy and program development

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Info:

       Email: pierre.vigilance@gmail.com

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Vivek Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. He addressed public health issues including the Ebola outbreak, the opioid epidemic, low rates of physical activity, and e-cigarette popularity among youth. Murthy has drawn attention to emotional well-being as an important driver of health, and issued the first Surgeon General’s report on alcohol, drugs, and health. He has cared for thousands of patients in his career and co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States. He has also done research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, Zika, Exercise, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Medical Research

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Info:

Email: media@vivekmurthy.com

Phone: (360) 989-4167

 

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Ninez A. Ponce

Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and was Associate Director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center (2011-2013). She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. Ponce is the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey in the United States, where she led the first CHIS efforts on the measurement of race/ethnicity, physician-patient communication and discrimination. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.

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Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, Multicultural Survey Research,
Community-based Participatory Research, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Health Access, Disparities in Health

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: nponce@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 794-2691

As Heard On AJMC TV: “Dr Ninez Ponce: California’s Diversity Affects Patient Access to High-Quality Care”

Last updated February 2021.

Magdalena Cerdá

Magdalena Cerdá is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence; and (2) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood.

Her current studies include a simulation of the impact that different types of firearms disqualification criteria could have on rates of firearm-related violence, as well as other research focused on prescription drugs, opioid overdose, and marijuana legalization.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis

Areas of Expertise: Firearms, Firearms Violence, Violence Prevention, Social Determinants of Health, Neighborhoods and Health, Drug and Alcohol Use, Trauma

Location: Davis, CA

Contact Information:
E-mail: cerda@ucdavis.edu | magda.cerda@gmail.com
Phone: (916) 734-3539

Clip from Talk Given by Cerdá: “Neighborhood Influences On Violence: Building Evidence That Leads To Intervention”

Anita Chandra

Anita Chandra is the vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Previously, she was the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

Chandra has been cited by a number of outlets, including NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program, RAND Corporation

Areas of Expertise: Community Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Urban Planning, Mental Health and Illness, Military Families, Childhood Development, Community-based Health Care

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: media@rand.org

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: Military Families Cope With The Stress Of War

Last updated February 2021.

Dior Vargas

Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health in communities of color. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a venture that aims to address the invisibility of people of color in media representations of mental illness. Vargas was the recipient of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations award. She is located in New York, New York.

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Activist, Spokesperson and Creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project 

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:

Email: dior.vargas@gmail.com

Phone: 646-238-0447

Twitter: @DiorVargas

Website: www.diorvargas.com

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Maria Mayorga

Maria Mayorga is an associate professor of Personalized Medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. She is an expert in developing predictive models of health and economic outcomes using data.

Mayorga also works on the allocation of resources for Emergency Medical Service systems using applied probability and mathematical models. She won the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work in integrating patient preference in predictive models.

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Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University 

Areas of Expertise: Developing Predictive Models of Health and Economic Outcomes By Improving Ever Changing Complex Health Systems

Location: Raleigh, N.C.

Contact Information: 

Phone: (919) 513-1690

Email: memayorg@ncsu.edu

Heard explaining her expertise from her faculty profile page 

Bindu Kalesan

Bindu Kalesan, MPH., Ph.D. teaches epidemiology at Columbia University as an adjunct assistant professor. She also serves as the Vice-President of Gun Violence Survivors Foundation. She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician who has collaborated with clinical researchers and other scientists performing research studies in cardiovascular and injury epidemiology. Her current research focuses on the public health consequences of gun violence in the United States along with short and long term health outcomes of patients receiving treatment for cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Kalesan was born in India, having completed her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD and PhD from University of Bern, Switzerland, is now settled in the US. She has over 12 years of cumulative experience in research and teaching. Her recent research on fatal and non-fatal gun injuries has earned international experience in this field and is one of the most sought after experts in gun violence research.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Public Health Consequences of Gun Violence, Social Gun Culture and Gun Ownership, Depression and Firearm-Related Injury; Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in Trends of Firearm-Related Fatality 

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

E-mail: kb2693@columbia.edu

Heard on C-Span’s Washington Journal: Gun Ownership in the U.S. 

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Last Verified: December 2015