Rollins School of Public Health & Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Emory University
Professor Kenneth G. Castro is a physician-scientist trained in epidemiology, with a specialty in internal medicine and subspecialty in infectious diseases, having attained the status of Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA). He serves as Senior Tuberculosis (TB) Scientific Advisor, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and holds academic appointmentsas Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, and as Adjunct Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University. He obtained his medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine at the Residency Program in Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Castro’s professional career spanned 31 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, where he started in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and progressed to become Director, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination and Acting Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. He also attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral), USPHS. An award-winning author of more than 175 scholarly and policy publications, Dr. Castro serves as a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals and is an associate editor for Public Health Reports, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. He also maintains memberships in the leading scientific societies in his field. A native Puerto Rican, Castro speaks fluent Spanish, and has frequently served as advisor to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and several Ministries of Health in countries where TB and HIV constitute major public health problems. He is a founding member of the global Stop TB Partnership. In 2014 he was designated as ex-officio member, representing the Stop TB Partnership, in the Technical Evaluation Reference Group, Global Fund to FightAIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Selected awards include the Juan Carlos Finlay Award, Hispanic Officers Advisory Committee, USPHS Commissioned Corps (2008).Profiled in The Lancet as a “Public Health Hero”(2011), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, North America Region (2014), the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by USAID (2014), and the prestigious CDC Charles C. Shepard Lifetime Science Achievement Award (2016).
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm EDT