71st Program Year – Ninth Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:00 PM, Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Blvd NE

The Program: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Threat to Global, National, and Human Security”.
Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases as related to COVID 19, debunking facts from media hype , lessons learned from prior Coronavirus epidemics and practical advice on mitigating infec-tions.

Presenters: Lawrence W. Gernon, MD, MPH & Victor K. Barbiero, PhD. MHS
Dr. Gernon currently works as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Regional Medical Center as a Clinician and Researcher. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Global National Security and Policy Institute at the Universi-ty of New Mexico teaching a graduate course in Global Health Security. Prior to coming to New Mexi-co in 2017, Dr. Gernon worked for the Department of State as a Regional Medical Officer for 16 years with postings in Washington DC, South America, Mexico, Cuba, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, East and Central Africa and Southeast Asia. Much of his time was spent on epidemic and disaster planning. After completing his medical school, residency and fellowship training, Dr. Gernon spent 12 years in private practice in Richmond, Virginia treating HIV patients and conducting vaccine research. He has worked as a Hospital Epidemiologist and prior to joining the State Department was a Health Director/ Deputy Commissioner in Virginia during the Pentagon terrorist attack, Anthrax, and West Nile Virus outbreaks.

Dr. Victor K. Barbiero is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health, at the Milken Institute School of Pub-lic Health, George Washington University (GWU) and an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the College of Population Health, University of New Mexico. He served as an Associate Editor for the Global Health Science and Practice Journal from April 2013 through July 2016. He was appointed as the Peace Corps Country Director in Malawi from February 2009 thru November 2011. Dr. Barbiero joined the GWU School of Milken Institute School of Public Health in December 2005 as a Visiting Associate Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and served there until Jan-uary 2009; he returned as an Adjunct Professor in 2011. He was awarded the GWU SPHHS’s Excel-lence in Teaching Award for Undergraduates in 2006 and 2007. In April 2006 Dr. Barbiero was invit-ed by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) to serve as a Senior Advisor in Global Health, focusing on urban health trends in low/middle income countries and Health Trends in Africa. Prior to joining GWU and the WWICS, Dr. Barbiero was a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for 21 years and had the honor to serve with USAID in Washington, East Africa and India. Dr. Barbiero served as the Chief of the Im-plementation Support Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Bureau for Health, USAID/Washington from 2003-2005. He was the Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition Of-fice at USAID/India from August 1999 through July 2003. From July 1996 through July 1999, he was Chief of the Child Survival Division in the Office of Health, Global Bureau for Health, USAID/W. He served in Ethiopia as the Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition (PHN) Office from 1992 – 1996 and as the Deputy Chief of PHN in the Regional Economic Development Support Office for East and Southern Africa from 1988 – 1992. From 1984 – 1988, he served in USAID/W as a public health advisor specializing on tropical and vector-borne diseases. Prior to joining USAID, Dr. Barbiero worked at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where he conducted laboratory and field research on malaria and onchocerciasis (river blindness). He also worked on tropical disease epidemiology in Sudan with Michigan State University and with the World Health Organization in Burkina Fasso. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 1979-1981 in Liberia and a Peace Corps volunteer from 1973-1975 in Ethiopia. Dr. Barbiero holds a Doctorate in Pathobiology (1983) and a Masters of Health Sciences (focusing on Famine Ecology) (1977), both from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 6:00 PM
Tanoan Country Club

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