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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all gained a heightened awareness the role of public health. Terminology like “incubation period” and “comorbidities” became more commonplace and people across the world became more aware of the importance of public health in ensuring the delivery of equitable health care and protection.

Clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, adjunct professor of public health at the Fielding School of Public Health, and chair of the COVID-19 response and recovery task force infection control working group, Dr. Peter Katona joins us today to talk about lessons learned from our country’s response to the pandemic.

Tune in to learn about what our greatest public health challenges will be moving forward and how the COVID-19 pandemic fits in with the larger historical narrative of public health.

More about Dr. Peter Katona 

Dr. Peter Katona is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has held appointments at LSU and the LA County EMS Agency. He has been a member of the LA County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee, the IDSA’s National and Global Public Health Committee, and served on the FDA’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the UCLA Infection Control Committee. He holds a seat at the LA City Emergency Operations Center. He has been asked to be on the National Academies Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) Committee. He has authored articles on medical informatics, medical education, influenza, polio, nutrition, bioterrorism, disasters, and the future of health care. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an internationally recognized authority on bioterrorism, teaches a course at UCLA on terrorism, and has edited the two books on terrorism. He sits on the Boards of the LA Emergency Preparedness Foundation, the Good Hope Medical Foundation, the Toffler Trust and the University of Florida School of Medicine. He is Co-chair of the Future Gazing Work Group of the HHS Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council’s Cybersecurity Working Group. He is nominated for a seat on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Earth and Life Sciences. He maintains a private practice in infectious diseases.