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Global Health Seminar – Dr. Susan Cookson, Global TB Division, CDC
UGA College of Public Health
Global Health Institute
Spring 2019 Seminar Series
Tuberculosis in Emergencies: The Reality for Refugees
Dr. Susan Cookson, MD, MPH, Global TB Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Please join us on Thursday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wright Hall Annex Auditorium on the UGA Health Sciences Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be served at 3:45PM.
Speaker Bio: Susan Temporado Cookson, MD, MPH, FACP has been at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1995 when she started with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) with the Hospital Infections Program and then with the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine before joining the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) 11 years ago. There she served as Chief Health Officer for CDC responses to assorted emergencies, was involved with the response to different elements of the Syrian crisis, and was the International Task Force Lead for the CDC’s Zika response in 2016. Her current position is Lead of the Vulnerable Populations Team of the Global Tuberculosis (TB) Branch in the Center for Global Health, CDC. She started her love of TB as a physician out of internship for the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua in the late 1980s. She has continued to work peripherally in the TB arena, working at the DeKalb County Pulmonary Clinic for ½ day a week for almost 20 years. Before her current TB position, she was able to send her EIS officers as well as graduate students to work with the National TB Program surveillance systems in Lebanon and Jordan. Most recently she has taken staff to Rwanda and Tanzania to evaluate TB programs in refugee camps in both countries. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, Africa and Asia working with displaced and refugee populations, developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for refugee healthcare services and surveillance systems, training young scientists, performing operational research, and responding to disasters, man-made, natural, and infectious. Her expertise is infectious diseases research, including TB, in resource-limited settings. Susan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and a specialist in Preventive Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Global Health Dept., Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Univ. She has written over 50 peer-review articles.