2019 COVID-19 Subject Matter Experts

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2019-nCoV virus. (Credit: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM)

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WASHINGTON — Georgetown University professors offer expertise for journalists seeking interviews in a variety of subjects related to the COVID-19 (previously known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory outbreak). Topics include infectious disease control and treatment, traveler screening, global health security, and international health regulations.

To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Teber at km463@georgetown.edu (new window).


Infectious Diseases

Julie Fischer

Julie Fischer, PhD, is associate research professor with the department of microbiology and a member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. She focuses on research and tools to strengthen global capacities for public health preparedness and response. She has also worked on issues related to medical emergency preparedness, and the consequences of biological, chemical, and radiological exposures during military service. Fisher is a microbiologist by training and an expert in infectious diseases.

Jesse L. Goodman

Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, is professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Goodman is trained in infectious diseases and public health. He formerly served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Chief Scientist and Deputy Commissioner. He worked extensively on emerging infectious diseases at FDA and with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization and others on medical countermeasures and vaccines. Goodman is director of the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS) at Georgetown and a clinician at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Erin Sorrell portrait

Erin M. Sorrell, PhD, is assistant research professor with the department of microbiology and a member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her research focuses on the elements required to support health systems strengthening and laboratory capacity building for disease detection, reporting, risk assessment, and response. She is also interested in health systems strengthening for infectious diseases in humanitarian situations, and particularly countries and regions affected by conflict.  Sorrell is a virologist by training.


International Health Regulations/Global Health Security

Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, is faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. He is professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and professor of public health at the Johns Hopkins University. Gostin is a co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law and has served on numerous WHO expert advisory committees related to public health and global health security. Gostin served on the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future.

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, is director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. For more than a decade, Katz has worked to help design systems and implement policies to facilitate a coordinated response to potential microbial outbreaks and pandemics in 22 countries — many low-resourced and developing. She is an expert on the World Health Organization and its International Health Regulations, and can comment on the international response to 2019-nCoV.

Alex Phelan

Alexandra Phelan, LL.M, LL.B, is a faculty instructor in Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.” She works on legal and policy issues related to infectious diseases, with a particular focus on emerging and reemerging infectious disease outbreaks and international law. She has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and Gavi: the vaccine alliance, and has advised on matters including international law and pathogen sharing, human rights law and Zika, intellectual property law, and contract law.