Plan and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.


Kristen Danforth is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Global Health. She received her bachelor’s degree in international health from Georgetown University in 2008.


Dr. Patrick Kelley joined the IOM in July 2003 as the Director of the Board on Global Health. He has subsequently also been appointed the Director of the Board on African Science Academy Development. Dr. Kelley has overseen a portfolio of IOM expert consensus studies and convening activities on subjects as wideranging as the evaluation of the U.S. emergency plan for international AIDS relief, the role of border quarantine programs for migrants in the 21st century, sustainable surveillance for zoonotic infections, and the programmatic approach to cancer in low and middle income countries. He also directs a unique capacity building effort, the African Science Academy Development Initiative, which over 10 years aims to strengthen the capacity of African academies to advise their governments on scientific matters. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Kelley served in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years as a physician, residency director, epidemiologist, and program manager. In his last Department of Defense (DoD) position, Dr. Kelley founded and directed the DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS). This responsibility entailed managing surveillance and capacity building partnerships with numerous elements of the federal government and with health ministries in more than 45 developing countries. Dr. Kelley is an experienced communicator, having lectured in English or Spanish in more than 20 countries and having published more than 64 scholarly papers, book chapters, and monographs. Dr. Kelley obtained his M.D. from the University of Virginia and his Dr.P.H. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.



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