Dean and Professor of Epidemiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health
Dr. Ali S. Khan is a retired assistant surgeon general and is the third dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Previously, he served at the CDC for 23 years before retiring as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
During his time at the CDC, Dr. Khan led and responded to numerous high-profile domestic and international public health emergencies, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola virus disease, the Asian Tsunami (2004), and the initial public health response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Dr. Khan served as one of the main architects of the CDC's public health bioterrorism preparedness program, which was crucial in limiting the scope of the first anthrax attack. He also founded the CDC’s Public Health Matters blog and has been personally engaged in Guinea worm and polio eradication activities. While directing global infectious disease activities, he designed the laboratory component of the CDC's field epidemiology and training program. He also helped design and implement the CDC component of the $1.2 billion, five-year President’s Malaria Initiative.
Dr. Khan is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. In the past, Dr. Khan was an adjunct professor at Rollins where he directed the emerging infections course.
BS, Brooklyn College, Chemistry and Psychology
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, EPI, BIOS
MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine