A Military Physician’s Experiences
Brown Bag Lecture by Michael D’Onofrio | 10/17/2017 11:00AM – 12PM | 7th Floor Conference Room, Bldg 38A
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa along with imported Ebola cases in the United States demonstrates the importance of clinician training on infection prevention and control. Diseases once thought to be confined to certain geographic regions, can now move through modern global travel methods. To counter this, clinicians worldwide need to be trained to recognize symptoms suggestive of Especially Dangerous Pathogens (EDPs) and how to respond to them.
Michael D’Onofrio is a Major in the United States Army. He is a board certified Preventive Medicine Physician and is the Department Chief of the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He previously served as the battalion flight surgeon for 1-52 AVN at Fort Wainwright, Alaska for 2 years and at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick. While at Fort Detrick, he was the Deputy Director of the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MCBC) for two years. He not only coordinated the course but was also an instructor on several topics including epidemiology of bioterrorism and infection prevention techniques. International experiences include a deployment to Kuwait (with a few days in Iraq) as the theater Preventive Medicine Physician, Azerbaijan/Kenya/Uganda (training local medical providers in identification and response to Especially Dangerous Pathogens), Nepal and Honduras. In conjunction with colleagues from East Africa, he also helped developed a training follow-up survey that has been implemented in West Africa for the last 2 years.