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Scott Harper, MD, MPH, MSc

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Scott Harper is a physician specializing in infectious diseases. He currently serves as a CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer (CEFO) in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he leads zoonotic, vectorborne, and influenza surveillance, and he participates in response activities for more than 70 reportable communicable diseases, including agents of bioterrorism. He has been Chairman of the IDSA Influenza Expert Guideline Committee and has served on the World Health Organization’s Pandemic Influenza Clinical Guideline Committee, which developed international recommendations for the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza response. Prior to moving to NYC, Scott served with the CDC’s Influenza Division in Atlanta. He has responded to numerous outbreaks and emergency responses while serving with CDC, including influenza, Ebola, SARS, anthrax, and post-9/11 response activities in New York City. Before working with CDC, Scott served as a clinician and teacher in several countries outside the United States, including Cambodia, Togo, South Africa, and India. He trained in three medical disciplines: Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Travel & Tropical Medicine, and he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians (London), and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. Scott received his MD and internal medicine training from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; fellowship in infectious diseases from the University of California San Francisco; Masters Degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Masters of Public Health Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. His BA is from Baylor University, where he triple-majored in English, German, and Biology.

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