The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

Conversation with Public Health Leader

Mark Smolinski

Mark Smolinski, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Global Health Threats at Skoll Global Threats Fund

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5:00P.M.-7:30P.M.

Where: USF Presidio Campus, 920 Old Mason Street


You're invited to learn from the dynamic Mark Smolinski, M.D., M.P.H., on his mission to end the threat of pandemics in our lifetime. Director of Global Health at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Dr. Smolinski is confronting this challenge by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future.

Biography on Mark Smolinski:

Mark has led global efforts toward early detection and rapid response to emerging threats. His work has brought together governments, NGO's, academia, and private industry in partnerships across national borders in Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia and SE Asia.

In 2006, Mark joined the start-up team at as the director of the Predict and Prevent Initiative. Prior to Google, Mark served as Vice President for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a public charity directed by CNN founder Ted Turner and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. While at NTI, Mark led the development of a regional disease surveillance system linking Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority, demonstrating the power of health as a diplomatic tool even in areas of longstanding conflict. 

In 2003, the institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences released a landmark report, the Emergence, Detection, and Response to Microbial Threats to Health for which Mark was the study director. He has also served as and advisor to the World Health Organization, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health, and an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Mark was a member of the investigation team that discovered hanatavirus in 1993 in Southwestern United States. 

A native of Michigan, Mark holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he also received his M.D. He received his M.P.H. from the University of Arizona. Mark is a trained Internist and board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. WIRED magazine's 2008 Smart List of 15 people the next president should listen to included Mark, a.k.a, the treat detective. 

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