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ISDS is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2019 Annual Conference. (Scroll down to see speakers from the One Health Symposium from January 29th.)

January 30, 2019

Keynote Address, William J. Kassler, MD, MPH

Dr. Kassler has spent his career working at the intersection of clinical care and population health; as a practicing primary care internist, epidemiologist, health services researcher, public sector administrator and health policy expert. Dr. Kassler currently works at IBM Watson Health as Deputy Chief Health Officer and Lead Health Officer for Population Health, using big data, advanced analytics and AI to tackle the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Prior to joining Watson Health, he served as Chief Medical Office for the New England Region of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and was a founding member in the CMS Innovation Center creating value-based purchasing initiatives to improve population health. Before that, he served as the State Health Officer for New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, with leadership and administrative roles in public health, social services and Medicaid.

Dr. Kassler started his career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an EIS officer, later serving as a medical epidemiologist, Branch Chief for Health Services Research and Evaluation, and as Senior Advisor for health policy in the CDC/Washington Office. He received his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an MS in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, an MPH from Berkeley. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brown, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Kassler has been recognized with numerous awards from the United States Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General’s Meritorious Service Award. He is recipient of the NH March of Dimes Physician Leadership Award, and the Bi-State Primary Care Association President’s Award. He is a practicing internist at a Federally Qualified Health Center, and past president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Special Welcome Address, Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH

Dr. Wilma J. Wooten is the public health officer for the County of San Diego. She received both of her professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by the completion of residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) Preventive Medicine Residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a UCSD volunteer Associate Clinical Professor and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serves as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. She is an ardent supporter of public health and has a strong interest in health disparities and health equity.

Dr. Wooten is a past Board member, and past president (2011-13), of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO); current Board member, and past President (2013-15) of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC); and past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Wooten is a current Board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors (2011-present), member of the NACCHO Big Cities Health Coalition (2014-present), and member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015-present).

February 1, 2019

Keynote Address, Michael Hogarth, MD, FACP, FACMI

Dr. Michael Hogarth is a board-certified Internist and faculty in biomedical informatics who has been part of the informatics leadership for several large-scale initiatives.  These include the Athena Breast Health Network, the I-SPY2 adaptive breast cancer trial, and the pSCANNER clinical data research network.

He has also been involved in improving vital statistics infrastructure in California and nationally.  His team developed the California Death Registration System (2004), the Maryland Electronic Death Registration System (2014) and the California Birth Registration System (2018). 

Dr. Hogarth has also been a leader in the development of large scale clinical data sets and their use. In 2013, he and colleagues created UC-ReX, which provided population level querying of the University of California’s 15 million electronic health records. In July 2017, Dr. Hogarth became UC San Diego Health’s first Clinical Research Information Officer (CRIO).

One Health Symposium, January 29th, 2019

Keynote Speaker, Cheryl Stroud

Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Executive Director of the One Health Commission will kick off the One Health Symposium with a keynote address. Dr. Stroud is has been a leader in the One Heath discipline and has an in-depth perspective on the issues facing practitioners and policymakers.

Dr. Stroud has enjoyed professional experiences in Industry, Academic Research / Teaching, Private Veterinary Practice and One Health. Growing up in central Mississippi surrounded by cows, horses, cats, dogs and open spaces, before Veterinary School she worked in the Poultry Industry screening poultry feeds and feed ingredients for pesticide residues. After graduation from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine she worked briefly in small animal Veterinary practice before going to North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a Masters and PhD in Endocrine Physiology. She was instrumental in 2010 in creation of the North Carolina One Health Collaborative, Chairing its Steering Committee for over three years and facilitating collaborative creation of an interinstitutional One Health course, One Health: Philosophy to Practical Integration of Human, Animal and Environmental Health, cross-listed at Duke, UNC and NC State and now in its 8th year of offering.

Dr. Stroud’s primary focus since 2010 has been educating, locally, nationally and globally, about One Health. She was selected as AVMA representative to the One Health Commission (OHC) in spring 2011, was appointed Vice Chair of the OHC Board in 2012 and became Executive Director of the Commission late in 2013, moving the Commission from Iowa State to the Research Triangle Park region of central North Carolina. Cheryl believes strongly in interdisciplinary collaborations and shares updates about the One Health movement with audiences around the world.

Wayne Clifford leads the Zoonotic Disease Program in the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences for the Washington State Department of Health. Hi programs carry out environmental and veterinary surveillance for pathogens of public health concern. He has also led the development of the One Health Initiative for Washington State. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and 29 years in Environmental Public Health.






Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004. In her capacity as NSF Director, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. Her major interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.

Her research interests focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Currently developing an international network to address climate change and infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Nikos Gurfield, DVM, PhD, DACVP is the County Veterinarian and head of the Vector Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory and the Outreach group in the San Diego County Vector Control Program, Department of Environmental Health. He works to protect public health by detecting vector-borne pathogens in San Diego County, educating the public how to stay safe from vector borne diseases, and planning for emergencies and disasters. Dr. Gurfield received his bachelor of science in microbiology from UCLA and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis. After practicing veterinary medicine for several years on large and small animals, he returned to school to complete a residency and board certification in veterinary anatomic pathology at North Carolina State University. Recently, he completed his PhD in Biology in a joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and UC San Diego. He has published manuscripts on cat scratch disease, tularemia, West Nile virus and the tick microbiome. He is currently working to protect San Diegans from invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Stanley Maloy is Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at SDSU. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from UC Irvine, did a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at the University of Utah, then moved to a faculty position at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he was on the Microbiology faculty for 18 years. Research in Stanley’s lab focuses on how new infectious diseases arise, and the development of new vaccines and antimicrobials. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and 10 books. He has developed widely used educational websites, and hosted popular scientific podcasts and videos. He has organized courses and conferences around the world, and has received several teaching awards, Honorary Professorships, an Honorary PhD, and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology. Stanley served as President of the American Society for Microbiology, an advisor for U.S. and international agencies on research, biosafety, biodefense, health, and graduate education. He has testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. He participated in the formation of Joint Steering Committee on One Health, has internationally advocated for one health, and is co-author on a book on One Health.

Jonathan Yoder is a Professor of Economics in the School of Economic Sciences, Director of the State of Washington Water Center, and Affiliate Faculty in the School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University. He specializes in natural resource and environmental economics, health economics, and economic development; with a focus on policy design, law, and econometrics. Dr. Yoder received a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Economics from Montana State University, and an undergraduate degree in Biology and Journalism from Indiana University. He is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and has served on numerous state and national expert and advisory panels, boards of directors, and journal editorial positions. Currently, Dr. Yoder’s research focuses at the intersection of health economics and economic development, and economic aspects of water resource management and water security. Beyond that, he has published broadly on topics ranging from natural resource markets and management, renewable energy, climate policy, wildfire economics, wildlife economics, land tenure, recreation, other topics.
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