Jonathan M. Mann Memorial Lecture

Anne Schuchat, M.D.

Anne Schuchat, M.D.

Principal Deputy Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rear Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Public Health Service

Dr. Schuchat joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 1988. Learn More...

She became CDC’s principal deputy director in September 2015 and served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018. From 2006-2015, she served as director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and as Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1998-2005.

Dr. Schuchat played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa. In the 1990’s, she spearheaded the prevention of newborn infections from group B streptococcus.

Dr. Schuchat graduated from Swarthmore College and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU’s Manhattan VA Hospital. Upon completing 30 years of service in 2018, Dr. Schuchat retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral (Upper Half).

Flying into the Winds of Political Change

Plenary Speakers - Monday June 3, 2019
Rachel Levine, M.D.

Rachel Levine, M.D.

Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Learn More...

Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also a board member of ASTHO, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Dr. Levine joined the Wolf administration in January 2015 as the Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and served from 2015-2017. She was named Acting Secretary of Health in July 2017 and confirmed as Secretary of Health in March 2018.

Her previous posts included: Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

In addition to her recent posts Dr. Levine is also an accomplished regional and international speaker, and author on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and LGBT medicine.

Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Emily J. Holubowich, MPP

Emily J. Holubowich, MPP

Senior Vice President, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC

Emily J. Holubowich, MPP is the Senior Vice President, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC. Learn More...

Emily joined CRD Associates in 2009 and has nearly 20 years of experience in health and fiscal policy, government relations, strategic communications, and coalition management. As a senior member of the CRD Associates consulting team, Emily helps her clients—including the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists—promote and protect their interests in the nation’s capital. She is frequently sought out by the media for her expertise on public health and the federal budget, appearing on MSNBC and National Public Radio and quoted in USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and other Beltway and trade publications. She is a lecturer on health policy and management at The George Washington University, and is frequently called upon by national organizations to lecture on the policy environment and best practices in strategic communications and advocacy. Previously, Emily served as the director of government relations for AcademyHealth and a senior health policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Emily holds a Master of Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

A Bird’s Eye View of our Environment

Plenary Speakers - Tuesday June 4, 2019
Trish M. Perl, M.D., M.Sc.

Trish M. Perl, M.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Medical Center.

Dr. Perl is the Jay P. Sanford Professor of Medicine and the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Medical Center. Learn More...

Dr. Perl received her Bachelor of Arts and medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She completed a residency in internal medicine at McGill University and a fellowship in infectious diseases and clinical epidemiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She rose through the ranks at Johns Hopkins University and Health System to become a Professor of Medicine and Pathology in the School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She was the Hospital Epidemiologist of the Johns Hopkins Hospital between 1996 and 2011 and instrumental for building its reputation as a leader in the field and became the Senior Epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Health System. 

She is a clinician and enjoys seeing patients and has extensive practical and research experience in the field of healthcare associated infections and resistant and epidemiologically significant organisms and is recognized globally for her innovation and research in the field and the use of research knowledge in the healthcare setting.  Dr. Perl is the former President of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America (SHEA) and has served on advisory panels for the IOM, the CDC and WHO and been a consultant to the NIH and ARHQ.  She was the Courage Fund Visiting Professor in 2008-10.  An active researcher, Dr. Perl has been a principal and co-principal investigator on multiple studies funded by the CDC, the Veteran’s Affairs Administration over the years.   She was the PI for the CDC EpiCenter grant at JHU between 2002 and 2010. She has authored or coauthored over 300 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, she has written multiple chapters and contributed to guidelines and policies relevant to healthcare associated infections at the institutional, state and federal level.  She has been asked to help with management of international outbreaks including SARS and MERS CoV and consults with international governments on guideline development and strategies to prevent healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance.

Gregory C. Gray M.D., MPH, FIDSA

Gregory C. Gray M.D., MPH, FIDSA

Professor at Duke University with three affiliations: The Division of Infectious Diseases in Duke University’s School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment.

Gregory C. Gray MD, MPH, FIDSA is a Professor at Duke University with three affiliations: The Division of Infectious Diseases in Duke University’s School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. Learn More...

He also serves part-time as a Professor in the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and as a Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University in China. He manages research teams in each of these institutions. His medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Gray has conducted diverse epidemiological studies of infectious diseases for 25 years in 5 continents. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.  Much of his work has involved identifying risk factors for occupational diseases, particularly for respiratory virus infections. He has studied numerous occupational groups including farmers, animal breeders, veterinarians, military personnel, turkey workers, poultry workers, horse workers, hunters, and pig workers. A strong supporter for the One Health approach, he has won multiple One Health research and training grants, helped to established centers of One Health (USA, Romania, China) and developed 4 graduate programs in One Health (PhD, MHS, and Certificate).

Navigating the Opioid Crisis: Local Success

Plenary Speakers - Wednesday June 5, 2019
Van Ingram

Van Ingram

Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

Van Ingram is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Van joined ODCP in November 2004, shortly after it was created with the mission of coordinating Kentucky’s substance abuse efforts in enforcement, treatment and prevention/education. Learn More...

Van served with the Maysville Kentucky Police Department for more than 23 years, the last six as Chief of Police. He is a former President of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and was named “Kentucky Chief of the Year” in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement, as well as the Melvin Shein Award for distinguished service to Kentucky law enforcement.

Van is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained officers across the state on a variety of topics, including community oriented policing, case management, and “Kentucky Substance Abuse Issues” for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and command staff. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of substance abuse issues both in Kentucky and nationally.

Pam Pontones

Pam Pontones

Deputy State Health Commissioner State Epidemiologist

Pam Pontones has served at the Indiana State Department of Health since 1990. Learn More...

She began her public health career as a microbiologist and transitioned to epidemiology in 1999, working as the Enteric Epidemiologist, Field Epidemiology Director, and Director of Surveillance and Investigation.  She has served as the State Epidemiologist since 2009, and functioned as the incident commander for the response to the first MERS case in the US and the Scott County HIV outbreak.  In February 2017, she was appointed deputy state health commissioner, overseeing the Epidemiology Resource Center, HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Division, and the Office of Public Health Performance Management.

Pam is an adjunct faculty member for the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2018.  She has been a member of ASTHO since 2017 and member of CSTE since 2010.  She was a scholar in the 2010 National Public Health Leadership Institute and a fellow in the 2001 Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute.  She graduated cum laude from Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in biology and minor in journalism and holds an MA in microbiology from IU.