Biography - One Health Commission

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Brief Biographical Statement
James M. Hughes, M.D.
February, 2013
James M. Hughes, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University. Prior
to joining Emory, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), initially
as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and ultimately as Director of the National
Center for Infectious Diseases from 1992-2005. Dr. Hughes received his M.D. degree from
Stanford University and trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington, infectious
diseases at the University of Virginia, and preventive medicine at CDC. He is a member of the
Institute of Medicine (IOM), Vice-Chair of the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats, and a past
president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is a fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Tropical Medicine and
Hygiene, American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), and IDSA. He also serves as a member of
the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology, Board of Governors of AAM,
and Board of Directors of the EcoHealth Alliance. His areas of interest include emerging
infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, strategies for
improving adolescent immunization coverage, and policies and practices for preventing, rapidly
detecting, and responding to emerging diseases.
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