Caline Mattar, MD, assistant professor of medicine and Aaloke Mody, MD, assistant professor of medicine both have been appointed to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Global Health Committee.
Dr. Mattar’s interests are in antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention in resource limited settings, global and international health, infectious diseases in pregnancy, currently COVID-19.
Dr. Mody currently works extensively with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), a nongovernmental organization based out of Lusaka, Zambia that supports over 300 Ministry of Health-run clinics across two provinces in Zambia. He has specific expertise in pragmatic study designs and utilizing advanced epidemiologic methods, including natural experiments and other causal methods for real-world data, to better understand real-world implementation of public health programs in these settings.
The Global Health Committee serves to promote evidence-based, robust U. S. led policy responses to global infectious disease threats, including HIV, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, emerging and resurgent infectious diseases like Ebola, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, globally neglected epidemics such as Hepatitis C, and global health security and public health preparedness activities.
IDSA prioritizes promoting sufficient US investment in global infectious diseases responses and research, and in using the voices of physician scientists to inform multilateral and national global health policies. The global health committee membership advises policymakers about policy and funding needs related to research and development and responses for global infectious diseases that constitute public health threats, including outbreak responses.