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GDDER - Ray R. Arthur, PhD

Ray R. Arthur, PhDDr. Arthur is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Director for Science and Program as well as the Director of the Global Disease Detection Operations Center in the Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response, Center for Global Health, at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.

He received his PhD in virology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and then joined the faculty in what is currently the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. While at Hopkins, he worked both in Baltimore (1985-1992) and in Cairo, Egypt (1992-1997) as the Head of the Virology Branch at the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 where he directed research programs on arboviruses and viral hepatitis.

Dr. Arthur joined CDC in 1997 as the Advisor for Emerging Diseases in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and was assigned to the Department of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva with technical responsibility for surveillance and control of hemorrhagic fever virus, arbovirus, and orthopoxvirus infections. In this assignment, he actively participated in WHO’s epidemic intelligence and response activities and helped coordinate field operations of WHO and international teams during outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and other diseases. He was one of the architects of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) founded in 2001.

In 2003, he moved to CDC headquarters in Atlanta as the Associate Director for Global Health in NCID and led CDC’s International Emerging Infections Programs (IEIP). In addition to his IEIP responsibilities, he served as a liaison with public health authorities in other countries and with international organizations in establishing collaborative programs for preventing and controlling emerging infectious diseases. He has coordinated Atlanta-based CDC responses to SARS in 2003, to the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, to the 2005 Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola, and in 2005 led a multidisciplinary 20-person team that assisted the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department in providing public health services to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

The CDC Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC) that Dr. Arthur established in 2006 and currently directs, leverages CDC program expertise and formal and informal networks, including those of other CDC partners, to provide CDC staff with a single-source of reliable, comprehensive, and high quality information on international disease outbreaks and other health threats. The GDDOC systematically collects and analyzes international health event information for early detection, classifies the health risk associated with these events, disseminates reports, and facilitates appropriate and rapid interventions.

A member of several professional scientific societies, Dr. Arthur is the author of more than 60 scientific publications, book chapters and reviews.

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