Dr. Amesh Adalja
In this full episode of “Exploring Minds”, Amesh Adalja discusses infectious diseases, vaccines, and the threat of bioterrorism.
Dr. Adalja, a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, was named one of STAT’s “13 Clinicians to Follow on Twitter and in 2015 named one of 5 “Pennsylvanians to Watch” by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Dr. Adalja is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Precision Medicine working group, as well as one of their media spokespersons; he previously served on their public health and diagnostics committees. He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee, where he currently is an expert reviewer, and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; he was also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. He has served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings, the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, and as an external advisor to New York City Health and Hospital Emergency Management Highly Infectious Disease training program, as well as on a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery.
Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security. He was a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine and is also a contributing author to the upcoming edition of Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple. He has published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Adalja completed 2 fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh—one in infectious diseases, for which he served as chief fellow, and one in critical care medicine. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident and as a member of the infection control committee. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 2010 through 2017.
He is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and he obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Adalja is a native of Butler, Pennsylvania, and actively practices infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, where he also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission and on the advisory group of AIDS Free Pittsburgh.