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GW Public Health, Government, Media Experts Available for Comment on Ebola Crisis

October 21, 2014
The George Washington University has the experts available to talk about the health and public policy aspects of the current Ebola crisis.
To book any of the experts below, contact GW Media Relations at 202-994-6460 or [email protected]
Matthew Dallek, assistant professor of political management, is an expert on political leadership, the presidency and Washington. He has written on federal officials dealing with crises such as health care outbreaks and terrorist attacks, and can comment on government response to the current crisis, including the appointment of an “Ebola czar.”
Julie Fischer, associate research professor of health policy, is an expert on disaster preparedness and infectious diseases such as Ebola. She co-directs a research portfolio on global health security and was also involved in the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda.
Seble Frehywot, associate research professor of health policy and global health, is an expert on Sub-Saharan African countries and how a health worker shortage affects the containment of diseases. She is co-leading the researchers working on the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which hopes to train more health care workers in Africa.
Rebecca Katz, associate professor of health policy, is an expert on the intersection of national security and infectious diseases, including the threat posed by the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Katz played a key role, along with other experts, in developing the Global Health Security Agenda, an international initiative aimed at reducing the risk posed by infectious diseases.
Fitzhugh Mullan, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, is an expert on the weak public health infrastructure in Africa, where Ebola has killed more than 2,400 people to date. Dr. Mullan co-leads a team of researchers coordinating MEPI. The project aims to build healthcare capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa, a goal that, if achieved, would help contain this crisis, and possibly prevent similar situations from turning into a crisis.
Amira Roess, assistant professor of global health, is an expert on outbreak response and epidemiology (transmission and risk factors) for emerging infectious diseases which includes Ebola. Previously, she served as an epidemic intelligence officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and investigated several outbreaks of other infectious diseases. She also can talk about health communication campaigns to address emerging diseases and the use of mobile technology on the frontlines of the current epidemic. 
Lone Simonsen, research professor of global health, is an expert on the biology, transmission and spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola. Dr. Simonsen has been actively involved in investigations of other outbreaks, including the spread of a virus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS. She’s an expert on a scientific process or modeling that is used to predict how an outbreak will change in the future.
Silvio Waisbord, professor of media and public affairs, is an expert on health communication. He can comment on the media’s response to the Ebola crisis, including health journalism and the globalized nature of the press. 
Ronald Waldman, professor of global health, is an expert on medical infrastructure and emergency relief efforts like those to contain the current outbreak. He can also talk about the global response to the Ebola crisis so far.
GW’s Flash Studio, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, is available for remote, live or taped television and radio interviews. The studio is operated in partnership with VideoLink.