Daniel R. Lucey

Adjunct professor of medicine and infectious diseases

Georgetown University

United States of America

Daniel Lucey MD, MPH is an Infectious Disease and Public Health physician who teaches at Georgetown University and travels every year since 2003 to respond to outbreaks and “pan-epidemics”, e.g., SARS (Hong Kong, Toronto, Guangzhou), H5N1 (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt), pdmH1N1 (Egypt) MERS (Middle East, South Korea), H7N9 (China), Ebola (Sierra Leone, Liberia), Zika Neurologic Syndromes (“ZNS”), Brazil), Yellow Fever (Kinshasa, Beijing), Chikungunya (Karachi), and Urban Pneumonic Plague ((“UPP”), Madagascar). His career as a physician began 35 years ago in San Francisco (UCSF) 1982-1985 at the beginning of the recognition of AIDS, and in Boston (Harvard, MPH 1988) as a Fellow in Infectious Diseases. In August, 2014 before going to West Africa to provide clinical care for patients with Ebola, he first proposed an Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on epidemics (e.g., SARS, MERS, avian and pandemic influenza, Ebola, HIV, and “What’s Next?”). He gave a presentation on the planned Exhibit, focusing on “One Health” zoonotic viral epidemics, at the 2016 International Meeting on Emerging Diseases conference in Austria, when serving as the Exhibit curator for content. Dr. Sabrina Sholts, Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at the Museum, is the lead curator of the Exhibit and recently announced its opening for May, 2018. As a research associate in Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Lucey also proposed and co-organized with Dr. Sholts a seminar series on Planetary Health that began in Feb. 2017 at the Museum. Dr. Lucey has also worked with Ministries of Health in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, consults for ProMED, and has represented Georgetown University School of Medicine on the One Health Commission, and with the Global Health Security Agenda. Working with West African and international colleagues to provide hands-on care (especially life-saving oral rehydration solution (ORS) by asking “stronger patients to help weaker patients” drink ORS e.g., in Monrovia’s MSF ELWA-3 Ebola treatment tents Oct. 2014) for many patients with Ebola crystallized into three words career lessons from the past 35 years. These three words are verbs: “Anticipate, Recognize, Act” e.g., improved anticipation of outbreaks/pan-epidemics/pandemics, earlier recognition of the significance of initial outbreak events, and faster effective actions to provide better patient care and public health interventions.

1 FEB, 2018 14:30-16-30 hrs. PS1.1 Lessons Learned in Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID)