CDC Acute Flaccid Myelitis Task Force Members

OID BSC Members

Ruth Lynfield, MD (Task Force Co-Chair)
State Epidemiologist and Medical Director
Minnesota Department of Health


Tina Tan, MD (Task Force Co-Chair)
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Division of Infectious Diseases

Emily Erbelding, MD, MPH (OID BSC Ex Officio)
National Institutes of Health
Director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

AFM Clinical and Research Experts

Leslie Benson, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Neurology


Benjamin Greenberg, MD, MHS
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics


Bryan Grenfell, PhD
Princeton University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


Tory Johnson, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology


Bonnie Maldonado, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics


Kevin Messacar, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics


John Modlin, MD
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director for Polio Research and Policy


Avi Nath, MD
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Director, Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center


Cristina Sadowsky, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute
International Center for Spinal Cord Injury


Matthew Schniederjan, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology


Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH
Director and State Health Officer
Arkansas Department of Health


Jill Taylor, PhD
Director, Wadsworth Center
New York State Department of Health


Ken Tyler, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Neurology


Arun Venkatesan, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Division of Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases

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