Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Monkeypox and Protecting Communities of Color
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Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH (bio below)
White House National Monkeypox Response
Founder, Choose Healthy Life
Member, Mailman School of Public Health Board of Advisors
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
Executive Vice President, Columbia Global
University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Mathilde Krim-amFAR Chair of Global Health
Director, ICAP at Columbia University
Lead, NYC Pandemic Response Institute
Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH is an infectious disease physician who serves as the Deputy Coordinator of the White House National Monkeypox Response. He works closely with Robert Fenton, Coordinator of the WH National Monkeypox Response, leading the coordination across agencies to control the Monkeypox virus outbreak. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Daskalakis served locally and nationally as a leader in public health as the Director for the Division of HIV Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control, and the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV and then Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Dr. Daskalakis is recognized internationally as an expert in HIV prevention and has focused much of his career on the treatment and prevention of HIV and other STIs as an activist physician with a focus on LGBTQ+ communities.
Dr. Daskalakis has extensive experience with outbreak response including serving as incident commander during the measles outbreak of 2018-2019 and COVID-19 in 2020 while at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also served as Deputy Incident Manager of the vaccine taskforce in CDC’s COVID-19 response in 2021.