Dr. Kashef Ijaz is the Principal Deputy Director for the Division of Global Health Protection in the Center for Global Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The division is at the forefront of implementation of global health security agenda and includes some of CDC’s primary global health programs such as Global Disease Detection, Field Epidemiology Training, Global Health Security and humanitarian emergencies and recovery work.
Dr. Ijaz is a member of the division’s senior leadership and oversees the science and research agenda for the division and ensures that the scientific projects, protocols and epidemiologic investigations are conducted based on established scientific/epidemiologic methods. He also provides consultation and guidance on programmatic aspects to the branches in the division as well as the policy, communications and partnerships offices in the division.
Dr. Ijaz is a physician trained in internal medicine and has a master's degree in public health from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is also the adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His programmatic expertise includes program implementation of both categorical and cross-cutting multisectoral public health programs both at domestic and global levels, global health security, International Health Regulations, including conducting Joint External Evaluations. His research involves the prevention and control of global infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology and genotyping of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr. Ijaz has more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.
As its CDC liaison, Dr. Ijaz is a non-voting member of the TEPHINET Advisory Board.