Director’s Seminars

The OPHPR Director’s Seminar is a forum for world-renown leaders to engage with CDC staff in discussion of topics that are germane to public health emergency preparedness and response. The Director’s seminar speakers address topics that profile scientific, programmatic, policy, and social factors that influence practice and may impact CDC’s national health security mission.

Upcoming Director’s Seminar

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Past Seminars

  • The American Red Cross: Turnaround and Transformation
    Gail J. McGovern, MBA
    President and CEO
    American Red Cross
    April 23, 2013
  • Plague Inc.: Modeling a Virtual Global Pandemic
    James Vaughan
    CEO and Founder,
    Ndemic Creations
    March 20, 2013
  • Coordinating Effective Partnerships in Long-term Emergency Response: Lessons Learned on Land and Sea
    ADM Thad Allen, BS, MPA, MSMS, US Coast Guard (Ret.)
    Senior Vice President
    Booz Allen Hamilton
    April 5, 2012
  • Enhancing Commercial Reactor Safety for the 21st Century
    Martin J. Virgilio
    Deputy Executive Director for Reactor and Preparedness Programs
    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    September 23, 2011
  • Heidi Avery
    Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security,
    National Security Council, The White House
    March 3, 2011
  • Behavioral Health Surveillance in Disasters, Terrorism and Public Health Emergencies: What, Why and How Do We Understand
    Robert Ursano, MD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress,
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
    November 5, 2010
  • Making Public Health Systems Disaster Research More Systematic and More Relevant: Barriers and Strategies
    Irwin Redlener, MD
    Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund
    May 27, 2010
  • Countering Bioterrorism: What Do We Need To Do Better?
    Richard Danzig, JD, PhD
    Center for New American Security and Center for Strategic and International Studies
    July 1, 2009
  • Emerging Threats and the Mission of Public Health
    Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH
    Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    February 4, 2009
  • Pandemic Preparedness: Public Health’s Battle of Waterloo?
    Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
    Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
    May 30, 2008
  • Quantitative Planning for Epidemic and Disaster Response: An Engineering and Supply Chain Approach to Public Health Response Logistics
    Jack Muckstadt, PhD and Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH
    Cornell University
    January 14, 2008