Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc
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"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, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP is nationally recognized leader and epidemiologist in public health and special pathogen preparedness and response. She is Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest municipal healthcare delivery system overseeing special pathogen preparedness and response efforts across 11 acute care hospitals in addition to post-acute/long-term care facilities and ambulatory care sites. She is Principal Investigator of NYC Health + Hospitals Center for Global Healthcare Preparedness to Special Pathogens. She is Core Faculty in the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Assistant Professor in the Graduate Biotechnology/Biodefense Program at the University of Maryland. She is a Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Program and Senior Fellow in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Informatics & Technological Enterprise Studies Program.
Dr. Madad earned her Doctoral degree in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biodefense and Biosecurity and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Madad holds numerous professional certifications, licenses and training certificates including 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.
Dr. Madad has a number of peer-reviewed articles and is frequently quoted and appears on major media outlets. Dr. Madad plays one of the lead roles in the Netflix docuseries, PANDEMIC: How to Prevent an Outbreak, which follows a handful of leaders throughout the world on the frontlines to prevent the next outbreak.
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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 is 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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