2016 Conference Committee – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMMS

Brian E. Dixon is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and a Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Dixon’s research focuses on applying informatics methods and tools to improve population health in clinical as well as public health organizations. His work leverages clinical and administrative data in electronic health records to improve population outcomes, better understand threats to public health as well as care delivery processes, examine public health business processes, and make population surveillance more efficient. Dr. Dixon’s research also involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of information infrastructures as well as data quality in support of continuous use of electronic data. As a faculty at the IU FSPH, Dr. Dixon teaches courses on informatics as well as health information exchange to future leaders in clinical and public health.

Additional information on Dr. Dixon and a list of his publications can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=E6ehgh4AAAAJ


David Buckeridge

Dorea Fernanda

Teresa Hamby, MSPH

Teresa Hamby is a data analyst on the surveillance staff of the Communicable Disease Service (CDS) of the New Jersey Department of Health. She began working with New Jersey’s emergency department surveillance data in 2001 and provides technical expertise for surveillance activities within CDS and for the Department whose system has developed from faxed forms into a statewide electronic syndromic surveillance system. New Jersey has participated in post-Hurricane Sandy surveillance research and Ms. Hamby helped coordinate surveillance for Super Bowl XLVIII and the Pope’s visit as part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015. She is a native North Carolinian and received her MSPH in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her degree, Ms. Hamby worked for nearly 6 years as an analyst in maternal and child health at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before moving to back to the east coast and settling in New Jersey.

Peter Hicks

Tabeth Jiri

Tabeth Jiri is a certified public health professional (CPH) and has worked in the field of public health for the past 10 years. She has served as the Epidemiologist and Regional Coordinator for the South and Central East Region with the New Jersey Department of Health CDS Regional Epidemiology Program for the past 3 years. She has coordinated and supervised outbreak and communicable disease investigations as well as epi surveillance activities within NJ and served as liaison between state and local public health partners within the State. She was instrumental in the planning and implementation of surveillance activities during the papal visit to Philadelphia in 2015. Tabeth has been an active member of ISDS since 2014 and has since served as an abstract reviewer as well as poster judge.

Uzay Kırbıyık, MD, MPH, PhD(c)

Uzay Kırbıyık is Epidemiology PhD candidate at the Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH). He has a medical degree from Istanbul University and MPH degree from Indiana University. His research interests are disease surveillance, health informatics, big data analysis and applied network modeling.

Eric Lau, PhD

Eric Lau is assistant professor in the School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong. He completed his PhD in 2006, specialized in statistical epidemiology. His research interests are transmission dynamics of various infectious diseases, and situation awareness of disease activity using multiple surveillance data sources. As a principal investigator, his current research focuses on characterization of the impact of health-seeking behavior on infectious disease surveillance, transmission dynamics of hand-foot-mouth disease and optimization of surveillance strategy of avian influenza in live poultry markets. He has published over 70 peer-review articles on statistics, epidemiology and disease surveillance and is a peer reviewer of over 20 international journals in the same areas.

Wayne Loschen

Cynthia Lucero-Obusan, MD, CIC

Dr. Lucero-Obusan joined the VA as a medical epidemiologist in 2008. Prior to this time she was a Lieutenant Commander, USPHS, serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work and interests include Public Health Surveillance & Informatics, Healthcare-associated infections, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Influenza and Outbreak Investigations. Dr. Lucero-Obusan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Biology and Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Infection Prevention and Control and completed the VA-AMIA 10×10 Health Informatics Certificate Program in 2014. In 2012, she received the very first ISDS Award for Outstanding Research in Biosurveillance in the Impact on the Field of Biosurveillance Category. She was a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2013 ISDS Annual Conference as well as the ISDS ICD-10 Transition Project workgroup. She lives with her husband, Oliver and daughter, Lizelle in her hometown of San Jose, CA.

Ian Painter

Julie Pavlin, MD, PhD, MPH

Julie Pavlin is the Research Area Director for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance and Deputy Research Area Director for HIV at the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program. Prior to her current position, she was the Deputy Director of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. She is a retired Colonel in the US Army and previously served as Chief of the Global Emerging Infections Department at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand where she developed surveillance programs for infectious diseases in Asia and the Chief of the Field Studies Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where she played a pivotal role in developing the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE), the Department of Defense real-time surveillance system. Dr. Pavlin received her AB from Cornell University, her MD from Loyola University her MPH from Harvard University and her PhD in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Uniformed Services University.

Saurabh Rahurkar, BDS, DrPH
Saurabh Rahurkar is a postdoctoral fellow in public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, IN. Rahurkar is interested in using research methods from health services research, econometrics and informatics to examine the relationship between health information technology and public health outcomes. Currently his work focuses on identifying big data sources and utilizing them in innovative ways to create robust and rigorous evidence on how informatics affects public health.

Priya Rajamani, MBBS, PhD, MPH

Sripriya Rajamani is Assistant Professor in Public Health Informatics program at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. She is currently involved in establishing this new training program and for teaching and research in public health informatics. Prior to this, she was a Senior Public Health Informatician at the Office of Health Information Technology at the Minnesota Department of Health where she worked on Meaningful Use program readiness including infectious disease surveillance and interoperability projects for the state immunization registry. She received her medical training in India and holds a MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy and PhD in Health Informatics from University of Minnesota.

Mika Shigematsu

Vivek Singh

Lauren Snyder

Kristin Soto

Todd Stout

Todd Stout is the founder and President of FirstWatch, a software company focused on helping public safety and health agencies improve operational performance, clinical care and situational awareness in the USA and Canada. FirstWatch is the largest aggregator of real-time Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data in the world. He began his EMS career in 1981 as an ambulance stockboy, then worked as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Medic and Manager for both public and private EMS agencies. Since then, Todd has spent the last 20+ years in public safety software, with the bulk of it at FirstWatch. Todd has been an active member in ISDS for over a decade, serving on several committees, and was formerly chair of the External Partners committee. In addition, Todd is a member of, and volunteers for, many professional EMS associations. He has received several International Leadership Awards and is the holder of international patents on syndromic surveillance.

David Swenson, M Ed

Mr. Swenson is the NH Syndromic Surveillance Project Manager for the state-wide, near real-time Syndromic Surveillance system and the NH point of contact for the NSSP. Working with Scientific Technology Corporation and the NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control staff, he developed and maintains this system working with external vendors and internal Department of Information Technology staff. He has been in Public Health for 12 years and during that time helped develop the Final Recommendation: Core Processes and EHR Requirement for Public Health Syndromic Surveillance. He has onboarded all NH hospitals to meet Meaningful Use; been very active in the ICD-10-CM transition participating in the ISDS Community of Practice ICD10 Coding Transition Workgroup to develop the Master Mapping Reference Table or MMRT; and earned a Public Health Informatics Certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago.