Press Release for Thursday, April 14, 2005

New Speaker to Discuss the Globalization of Disease

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Dr. D. Peter Drotman, Senior Medical Officer, Office of the Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak on “The Globalization of Disease” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the UNF University Center. Dr. Jim Hughes was originally scheduled to speak on this topic, but had to cancel. This lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series and is co-hosted by the University of North Florida and the World Affairs Council Global Issues Forum. Tickets are not required.

Drotman also serves as Editor-in-Chief of “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” the peer-reviewed journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He came to the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 1979. He was among the first medical epidemiologists to become involved in the investigation of AIDS when it was first recognized in 1981.

Drotman is a board certified specialist in preventive medicine and a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and his master of public health degree and preventive medicine training at UCLA. He served with the World Health Organization’s Global Smallpox Eradication Program, helping to eradicate smallpox from Bangladesh in 1975.

He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and has authored many research articles, reviews, book chapters, and editorials, including the AIDS and Plague articles in the World Book Encyclopedia.
He holds a commission as Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

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