74368. State and Local Health Departments
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Women in ID
Thursday, October 4, 2018: 7:45 AM
Room: S 155
Ruth Lynfield, MD, FIDSA, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN

Ruth Lynfield, M.D. received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and did postgraduate training in pediatrics and in pediatric infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She attended in pediatric infectious disease at MGH from1992-1997, and was Assistant Director of the New England Regional Newborn Screening Program at the Massachusetts State Laboratory from 1992-1997. Dr. Lynfield then joined the Minnesota Department of Health as a medical epidemiologist, and was appointed State Epidemiologist in 2007 and Medical Director of the department in 2010. She is the Co-Principal investigator of the Minnesota Emerging Infections Program. She has conducted numerous infectious disease investigation and responses to outbreaks; she has also developed surveillance systems, and conducted public health research, evaluation and planning. Her research focuses on emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance and prevention of infectious diseases. Dr. Lynfield has also worked on antimicrobial stewardship tools and guidance across the continuum of care, and across disciplines (a One Health Approach). Dr. Lynfield chairs the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors- Office of Infectious Diseases, and is a past member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Disease. She has co-chaired the CDC Emerging Infections Program Steering Committee since 2008. Dr. Lynfield has chaired the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Public Health Committee, the IDSA Antibiotic Resistance Working Group, and has served on multiple other public health workgroups and committees. She is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.


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