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Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP, CHEP

Board Director | Sr. Director, System-side Special Pathogens Program, Emergency Management, NYC Health + Hospitals

Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP, CHEP is an internationally renowned epidemiologist in special pathogens preparedness and response, biosecurity advisor and science communicator. She serves as the Senior Director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at NYC Health + Hospitals, and fellow at The Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy (DETS) program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Madad is Core Faculty at the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), and affiliate faculty at the Center for Emerging Infectious Disease Policy & Research at Boston University. She is an advisor and member to numerous national and international institutions including member of the U.S government’s National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), and member of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Health and Medicine Division of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Her work focuses on the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from infectious disease outbreaks with an emphasis on healthcare and public health biopreparedness and biosecurity. In addition to her work in biosecurity, Dr. Madad is a prominent figure in the media industry and is featured in 4 documentaries including the Emmy-nominated the Netflix documentary series “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” and the Discovery Channel documentary The Vaccine: Conquering COVID. You can follow her on X (twitter) and Instagram: @syramadad)

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