"Will This Pandemic Ever End? - An Epidemiologist's Prognosis for the Future"
George W. Rutherford, M.D., renowned epidemiologist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) will provide an update on the current state of COVID-19, focusing specifically on the omicron variant, implications for children under the age of 12, what the rise of this highly infectious variant means for vaccinated and unvaccinated adults and adolescents, and what it will take to move past this surge and end the pandemic.
Dr. Rutherford is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History and Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He also directs the Global Strategic Information program within UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences and the residency program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
His work has focused primarily on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, both domestically and internationally. He has held a number of positions in public health agencies, including serving State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California. His academic interest has been on HIV and other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Rutherford is an advisor to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is the past chair the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Epidemiology and was the first Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Council. He has been intimately involved in UCSF’s, San Francisco’s and California’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since the earliest days and is leading a major cohort study with Stanford on the epidemiology and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 in the Bay Area.
Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he has degrees in the Classics, Chemistry, History and Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health.
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