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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Ebola Experts Available

Oct. 16, 2014
Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
Tracey Reeves
Office: 443-997-9903
Cell: 443-986-4053

The following Johns Hopkins University faculty members are available for perspective on the Ebola crisis:

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is an international expert on disaster preparedness/response and containment of outbreaks such as Ebola. She has written extensively on the proper use of personal protective equipment and has long advocated for increased hospital and nursing readiness against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a national leader on the role of ethics in nursing and medicine. She recently led a summit of national nursing leaders to address many of the same issues raised by the Ebola crisis, such as weighing personal risk with professional responsibilities, ethical obligations of hospitals and healthcare providers, if or when nurses can excuse themselves from caring for a patient, and moral courage to expose deficiencies in care.

Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, recently returned from a humanitarian mission to study containment efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, she is an expert on healthcare and poverty in West Africa.

Karen Masterson, author of the just-released The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure, can discuss how the lessons learned in the fight against malaria can apply directly to the Ebola crisis. Masterson, a lecturer in the university’s Writing Seminars program, teaches health writing. As a journalist in residence at the Stimson Center for global security in Washington, D.C., she researched global health policies and infectious diseases.

Nancy Kass, ScD, is a global leader in public health and research ethics, and has done extensive media outreach on the ethical issues related to the current Ebola outbreak, including the airlifting of infected Americans, and the use and testing of experimental drugs. She participated as a panelist in the public health forum on Ebola at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is the deputy director for public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy. He conducts extensive media outreach on diverse topics, and has spoken out on Ebola issues including releasing the names of infected patients, quarantining family members of patients and the use of experimental therapies.

Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH’01, an associate professor in the Departmental of Environmental Health Sciences and Health Policy and Management, has written about healthcare workers’ perceptions of workplace risks of infectious diseases. He’s published studies that found that workers who felt they could contract an infectious disease, or give it to a family member, while treating patients might not be willing to report to work without proper training and protocols. While his research did not specifically touch upon Ebola, it applies to the current situation, both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Barnett has done media interviews on healthcare worker perceptions vis-a-vis Ebola with National Geographic, ScienceBlogs.com and BuzzFeed, among others.



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