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Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc

Keynote Speaker

Epidemiologist; Pathogens Preparedness Expert; Featured in Netflix Docuseries 'PANDEMIC: How to Prevent an Outbreak'

“The increasing prevalence of infectious disease epidemics worldwide constitutes the need for a well-prepared response system. Ebola, SARS, COVID19 are not one off events. We are only as strong as our weakest link.” – Syra Madad

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Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP, is an internationally acclaimed leader in public health and special pathogen preparedness and response. She serves as the Chief Biopreparedness Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal healthcare delivery system in the United States. Beyond her role at NYC Health + Hospitals, Dr. Madad is a Core Faculty member at the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center, an affiliate faculty at the Center for Emerging Infectious Disease Policy & Research at Boston University, and a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also advises the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on the Responsible Use of the Life Sciences and Dual-Use Research, and is a member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

Dr. Madad has significantly advanced the field of science through her extensive publications, including papers, book chapters, and journal articles. She has presented her research at over 70 conferences worldwide. Her expertise and insights are regularly sought after by major news outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. Dr. Madad was prominently featured in the 2020 Emmy-nominated Netflix docuseries, “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak,” and the 2021 Discovery Channel documentary, “The Vaccine: Conquering COVID.” Additionally, she is the executive producer of two short films.

Her accolades include the prestigious “Top Doctors Pumphandle” Award, named after John Snow, which honors trailblazers in epidemiology and outbreak response. She was also recognized on Crain’s New York Business List of Notable Healthcare Leaders for 2021.

Dr. Madad holds a Doctorate in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology with a focus on Biodefense and Biosecurity from the University of Maryland. Her professional credentials include Master Continuity Practitioner Certification (FEMA), Advanced Emergency Planning Certification, All-Hazard Response (CBRNE) Training for Laboratory Personnel, Biosafety Level III Training, and Identification of the Primary Select Agents of Bioterrorism Training.

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  • Remarks from Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc

    On December 27th 2019, Dr. Madad published an op-ed in the Washington Post, co-written with Ronald A. Klain, former United States Ebola response coordinator for President Obama. The piece warned lawmakers that this vital program was set to expire in May of 2020, urging Congress to renew funding for the system that helps keep Americans safe from a sudden epidemic. “Failure to act would be penny-wise but pound-foolish,” it read. “The day will come when a dangerous pathogen will arrive in the United States once again.” On December 31st, four days after the article was published, the government in Wuhan, China, reported to the World Health Organization that it was treating dozens of patients for a novel virus of unknown origin. As a leader in public health, Dr. Madad can speak to a variety of health related issues and subjects affecting the entire world today. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

    • The COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Threats to Global Health and Security
    • Special Pathogens Preparedness and Response


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