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No. 2, 2009

2009 EIS Conference

CDC’s 58th annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference was held in Atlanta April 20–24, 2009. EIS is a 2-year postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of applied epidemiology.

A car fire in the hotel parking garage just before the plenary session made for a memorable start to the conference. The last day was punctuated by a late-breaking presentation about the recent emergence of novel influenza A (H1N1). In between, the EIS conference carried on with its usual mix of scientific presentations by current EIS officers and recruitment activities for the incoming class.

Incoming EIS Officers (Class of 2009).

Please see the Personnel Notes section for the full write-ups of these officers.

Bisrat K. Abraham, MD, MPH, will be the new EIS Officer for the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB). Bisrat obtained her MPH and MD degrees from Emory University. Most recently, she is in her last year of a 3-year residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Eleanor S. Click, MD, PhD, will be one of the new EIS officers in the International Research and Programs Branch (IRPB). Ellie is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and holds a PhD degree in genetics from Stanford University. 

Matthew Willis, MD, MPH, will be the other new EIS officer in IRPB. Matt is an internist coming from the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, where he has been working the past 4 years. He attended Brown University, majoring in medical anthropology, then attended medical school at Temple. He earned his MPH in 2000 from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Outgoing EIS Officers (Class of 2007)

Rinn Song, MD, of IRPB, received the Paul C. Shnitker International Health Award at the EIS conference.  Rinn is starting a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School in June. Also completing 2-year assignments, Emily Bloss, PhD, MPH, MA, will stay on with IRPB in a full-time position with the Program Strengthening/Epidemiology Team.  Mitesh Desai, MD, MPH, who served his EIS term with SEOIB, will transfer to a medical epidemiologist position with CDC’s Global AIDS Program.

We in DTBE thank our outgoing EIS officers for their hard work and contributions during their time with us and look forward to welcoming our new EIS officers in July!

—Reported by Maryam Haddad
Div of TB Elimination


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