James M Hughes, MD

  • Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

James M. Hughes, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Public Health with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT); Senior Advisor, Emory Center for Global Safe Water; and Senior Scientific Advisor for Infectious Diseases, International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI). Prior to joining Emory in June 2005, Dr. Hughes worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and a Rear Admiral and an Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. He first joined CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1973. He served as Director of CDC’s Hospital Infections Program from 1983 to 1988, as NCID Deputy Director from 1988-1992, and as NCID Director from 1992-2005.

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Chair, Global and Regional Biosurveillance Collaboration Task Force, National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010-2013)
Member, PREDICT Advisory Committee, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program
Member, External Advisory Committee, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
President, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2010-2011)
Councilor, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2007-present)
Member, International Board, American Society for Microbiology (2009-present)
Vice-Chair, Forum on Microbial Threats (formerly Forum on Emerging Infections), Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine, 1996-present