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CDC Director to Speak At ISDS Conference

ISDS is honored to announce newly-appointed CDC Director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald will be the keynote speaker at our 16th Annual Conference.

Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has practiced medicine for three decades. As Georgia DPH Commissioner, Dr. Fitzgerald oversaw various state public health programs and directed the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments.

Prior to that, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions. She served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.     

Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

 

Pulitzer-winning Author & Emerging Disease Expert to Speak at ISDS Conference

ISDS is please to announce that Laurie Garrett will deliver a keynote address at this year's conference.  Author, speaker, and Foreign Policy columnist Laurie Garrett was Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York from 2004 to 2017.  She is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big Ps of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. Her expertise includes emerging diseases, epidemics, pandemics, drug resistance, bioterrorism, planetary health, and climate change.

Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. During the 1990s, she continued tracking outbreaks and epidemics worldwide, noting the insufficient responses from global public health institutions in Zaire, India, Russia, and most of the former USSR, Eastern Europe, and the United States. This resulted in the publication in 2000 of the bestselling Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. The following year, Garrett covered the attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequent anthrax mailings, leading to her third book, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.

Among her most recent awards for her global health work and publishing are the 2014 NYU School of Medicine “Outstanding Contributions to Global Health,” and the 2015 Internationalism Award from the American Women for International Understanding. In 2017, she was named one of 10 “Remarkable Women of UC,” by the Board of Regents of the University of California. Garrett has been awarded four honorary PhDs, honoris causa, from Wesleyan University (Illinois), University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Georgetown University, and the Carl Icahn Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

For more than two decades, Garrett has been much in demand as a lecturer, public speaker, analyst, and writer. Her appearances have ranged from Comedy Central to PBS, Oxford University to business conferences, Oprah to Charlie Rose. She has written and provided reportage for an enormous list of outlets including CNN, the BBC, Vanity Fair, the Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Nightline, and hundreds more.

A native of Los Angeles, Garrett graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at University of California, Berkeley, and did immunology research in the Herzenberg Lab of Stanford University. During the 1980s Garrett was a science correspondent for National Public Radio, having previously covered health, wars, and development issues in southern and eastern Africa as a freelance broadcast journalist.

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