Ebola Virus - Subject Matter Experts

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) professors offer expertise for journalists seeking interviews in a variety of subjects related to the 2017 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Topics include infectious disease control and treatment, vaccine development, clinical trials, ethics of human subjects in clinical studies, global public health, the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and advantages and limits of health laws. 

To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Teber at km463@georgetown.edu.

Infectious DiseaseS

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 DC VA Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Julie Fischer, PhD, is associate research professor with the department of microbiology and  co-director 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.

Infectious Disease Epidemiologyphoto of Tom Vincent standing on a city sidewalk next to a red brick wall.

Tom Vincent, MPA, MPH, is a Global and Infectious Diseases Fellow at the O’Neill Institute. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Tom worked as an epidemiologist, focusing on infectious diseases such as HIV, Lassa, and Ebola. His work has taken him to Sierra Leone and Uganda, where he organized and trained African public health professionals on field epidemiology, Lassa, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers.

Vincent can discuss infectious disease epidemiology and global public health.

International Health Regulations/Global Health Security

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, is co-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 an its International Health Regulations, and can comment on the international response to situtions like Ebola. 

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 serves on the Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola (Harvard University/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and served on the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future.

Oscar A. Cabrera, Abogado (JD equivalent), LLM, is the executive director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a visiting professor of Law at Georgetown Law. He is a co-director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. Cabrera has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, global tobacco litigation and health systems law and policy. 

Cabrera can comment in English or Spanish on the actions of the WHO and International Health Regulations related to Ebola.

Ana S. Ayala, JD, LLM, is the director of the Global Health Law LL.M. program at Georgetown Law. Ayala has worked on a variety of global health law areas, including global health security, tobacco control, reproductive health, and health and human rights. She has trained legal, medical, and public health professionals from around the world. 

Ayala can comment on the World Health Organization’s implementation of the International Health Regulations for strengthening governments’ ability to manage serious public health risks such as Ebola. Ayala speaks English and Spanish.

photograph of John MonahanJohn T. Monahan is senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Monahan served as the special advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as counselor to the secretary and director of global health affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). While at HHS, Monahan served as the US Government's primary contact with the leadership of the World Health Organization during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and helped coordinate the US-led diplomatic strategy to secure commitments from developed countries for donating influenza vaccines to low-income countries.

Monahan can discuss the obligation of WHO and member states to support and respond to disease outbreaks.