Dean Seneca

Dean Seneca is CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions, a consulting agency that provides tribal nations and other clients with assistance in economic and community development. The agency’s services include strategic planning, epidemiology and health research.

Seneca has been interviewed by Indian Country Today and Democracy Now!, among other news outlets, about how COVID-19 is impacting Indian Country. 

With over 20 years of experience with infectious disease outbreaks, Seneca has worked to combat Anthrax, H1N1, Ebola, Zika and COVID-19. Seneca was previously a senior health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, where he was responsible for building the CDC’s ability to support health departments across the country.

Prior to his time at the CDC, Seneca was the tribal planning director for the Seneca Nation of Indians, which is based in western New York.

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Location: Cattaraugus, N.Y.

Expertise: Chronic and infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, toxicology and maternal/child health, American Indian/Alaska Native health

Contact info:

Phone number: (678) 524-5177

Email: thundereagle1042@gmail.com 

Listen to Dean Seneca on Democracy Now!:

Last updated: May 17, 2020

Lona Mody

Dr. Lona Mody is a professor of internal medicine, geriatrics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research lab studies antibiotic-resistant pathogens and develops measures to prevent their spread.

With a research focus on the aging population, Mody has studied interventions to prevent infections and reduce transmission of drug-resistant pathogens in high-risk populations. She is also the associate division chief of Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine at the university, associate director of translational research (which looks at new ways to diagnose and treat diseases) for the Geriatrics Center and the principal investigator of the Infection Prevention in Aging Research Group

She has been quoted by the U.S. News & World Report talking about why older adults are vulnerable to viral strains and the importance of hand hygiene among health care workers to prevent the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The Washington Post spoke to her about the need for nursing homes to improve their pandemic plans. And Detroit station WWJ Newsradio 950 cited her research into contaminated hospital privacy curtains in Michigan.

Mody’s research has been funded by Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes on Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other foundations.

ModyLona_28_aExpertise: Geriatrics and palliative medicine, epidemiology, drug-resistant pathogens and older adults

Location: Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Contact information: 

Email: lonamody@umich.edu or kegavin@umich.edu, U Michigan public relations

Twitter: @LonaMody

Listen to Lona Mody on the GeriPals Podcast:

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Gyenes has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation affect societies. She co-wrote an article for The Atlantic which explains the growing challenge of digital health misinformation and how falsehoods online fueled the spread of tooth decay, Ebola and measles.

She was quoted by NBC News urging public health authorities to use social media to address health rumors and myths that circulate  online. And she told CNBC that health misinformation online can reduce compliance with health treatments and prevention efforts.

Expertise: health systems, access to information, science communications, technology, misinformation, public health 

Contact Information: 

Email: nat@meedan.com

Twitter: @GyenesNat

Listen to Nat Gyenes give a presentation at Intrahealth International:

Last Updated: March 16, 2020

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: 650-930-0252 (cell)

Twitter: @KrutikaKuppalli

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

 

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

Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin is a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas and Medical Contributor for both CNN and NBC Channel 5. An expert in epidemiology, she has served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has her own column for the Dallas Morning News called ‘Debunked’, which exposes medical myths.

Yasmin has examined epidemics in Kenya, Botswana, the United Kingdom and the Americas, working in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to American Indian reservations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the Scientific American and Reuters. In 2016 her reporting on Chagas Disease won an Emmy for Continued Coverage. The same year, her first collection of poetry won the Diode Editions chapbook contest.

Reporter at Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at University of Texas at Dallas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, journalism, media studies, gender-based violence, public health, multimedia storytelling

Contact Information:

E-mail: seemayasmin@gmail.com
Twitter: @DoctorYasmin

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Alex Ortega

Alex Ortega, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA. He is Director of the UCLA Center for Population Health & Health Disparities and Associate Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He has also served as Director of the UCLA Institute for Social Research. Prior to his UCLA appointment, he was on the public health faculty at Yale University.

Professor Ortega is an internationally recognized expert on the application of epidemiological methods in health services research, and his work focuses on the physical, medical, and mental health needs of Latino children and their families both in the United States and in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has also published health research on the homeless, military veterans, and undocumented immigrants. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Nationally Known Public Health Professional Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.

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Professor of Health Policy and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA

Areas of expertise: Public Health, Health Disparities, Health Needs of Latino Children and Families, Epidemiology

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

 aortega@ucla.edu (310) 206-0199

Heard on NPR Morning Edition: It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

Heard on Zócalo Public Square: UCLA Epidemiologist Alex Ortega on Whether Menu Labeling Works

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Last Verified: February 2015

Otis Brawley

Otis W. Brawley, M.D. FACP is Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Vice President of the American Cancer Society, and teaches at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is Professor of Hematology, Oncology, Medicine and Epidemiology. Brawley is not only a medical expert in his field, but also speaks often about cancer prevention and the value of early detection. He received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for work done with the U.S. Public Health Service after Hurricane Katrina.

Brawley is also on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Prevention Research Institute. In the past, he’s been on the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, and chaired the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.

Brawley has been featured on NPR and TEDMED, as well as print publications like The New York Times. He has written for the Washington Post.

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Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society

Areas of Expertise: Cancer Research & Education, Epidemiology, Oncology

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Information:

Email: otis.brawley@cancer.org

For interview requests sent via email, please CC Tawanna Brooks, (tawanna.brooks@cancer.org) Administrative Services Manager at the American Cancer Society.

Phone: 404-329-7740 (Office)

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered: Studies Reignite Mammography Debate for Middle Aged Women