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Colonel(CA) Ronit Katz M.D emigrated from Israel in 1982 she received her medical degree magna cum laude, completed a fellowship in cancer research at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and later was appointed a Faculty Member at Harvard University School of Public Health. She is Board Certified in Preventive, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She was the recipient of Lawrence Livermore National Lab's (LLNL) “Certificate of Excellence” for outstanding performance in support of the Health Services Department and was elected as President of LLNL Women’s Association. In 2007, Dr Katz received The American Medical Association’s “Excellence in Medicine and Leadership Award”. In 2013, Dr Katz received the prestigious " NASA Group Achievement Award" for her role in the NASA- AMES Human Performance Centrifuge Project Team.
"In 4/ 2018 Professor Ronit Katz served as a Keynote Speaker at the Disaster Preparedness part of an International Conference on Bio-terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Tokyo,Japan.The Conference ,organized by the Japan Medical Association is an Extremely prestigious and renowned event that attracts Japanese Cabinet members among others. Professor katz spoke on Overview and Medical Response to CBRNE ( Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives )"
She serves on many Boards and Committees for local and national professional organizations, among them Bay Area Air Quality Management,Medical Director(Act.)at Stanford University Medical Center, Judge for the AMA Research Symposium, AMA-IMG Scientific Committee, AMA-IMG Nominating Committee, Chair of the AMA-IMG Leadership Development Committee, and Chair of the AMA-IMG Governing Council. Currently, she is Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University Medical Center, where she treats patients and teaches new doctors and medical students, and an Occupational& Environmental Medicine Expert for the War Related Injury and Illness Study Center (WRIISC) at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. Colonel katz continue to serve as a AMA-IMG Governing Council Member and was selected from Stanford University Medical Center to be the Stanford-OMSS Representative to the AMA.
IDr. Chowdhury is the Chief Resident at Saint Peter's University Hospital, Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
Abraar Karan MD MPH is an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a member of the Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. He graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he served as the Student Body President, and completed an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His primary interests are in global health systems, medical ethics, and international health politics. He has worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, with many vulnerable populations including sex workers, the disabled elderly, TB/AIDS co-infected patients, and those suffering from Neglected Tropical Diseases. His research has been published widely, including in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Lancet Global Health, The BMJ, NPR, Academic Medicine, PLoS Translational Global Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, STAT News, and Journal of Global Health. His first book, “Protecting the Health of the Poor,” was released in December 2015. Abraar graduated with distinction in Political Science from Yale University in 2011 as a Journalism Scholar and Parker Huang Fellow.
Kathy Travnicek, MD, is a physician at the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. She did her PMR residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and worked as a general PMR physician for 2 years. She then went back into training and completed an anesthesia based pain fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic where she was also voted chief fellow. She now works in a solo physician practice but has experience in a large multi-speciality group and equity firm owned medium sized group in a single specialty. She is always happy to help!
Hanna Nohynek works as Chief physician and expert team leader of influenza and other respiratory viruses and vaccine preventable diseases at THL. She also serves as secretary of the Finnish National Immunization Techincal Advisory Group (NITAG/KRAR).
Dr. Nohynek completed her medical studies, PhD and international health competence in Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD work was on the aetiology of childhood pneumonia in Finland, Russia, and The Philippines. In collaboration with RITM, The Philippines, she coordinated phase II trials (Hib, meningococcal, PCV, PPS among pregnant mothers and infants), and a major phase III trial of an investigational 11PCV of Sanofi Pasteur against childhood pneumonia (2000-2004).
When serving as Unit Head at THL, she was instrumental in designing the HPV vaccine introduction to NVP. Presently she heads the NITAG influenza vaccination strategic subgroup. Her current research interests include influenza vaccine development, safety and effectiveness, vaccine safety in general, vaccine hesitancy, register based vaccine impact studies, policy and decision making, and evidence based evaluation of introduction of new vaccines into national programmes. Her publications include over 100 original articles (including the first scientific report on association between A(H1N1) pandemic vaccination and narcolepsy), chapters and books. She teaches vaccines related epidemiology, methodology, and has guided several elective, graduate, and PhD students.
Dr. Nohynek has served expert committees evaluating introduction of HBV, PCV and rota virus vaccine in Finland. She has been/ is an advisor to EU, IMI, IVI, WHO (GACVS 2006-12), GAVI, CEPI, SIDA/SRC, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was chairman of EPIET 1998-2001 and member of EDCTP 2002-3.
She belongs to faculty of Advanced Course in Vaccinology since its initiation in 2000, initiated EPIET vaccine epidemiology module in 1997, and the Finnish Diploma Course on Global Health in 2000.