Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Scott  Santibanez

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Global Health

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS, DR. SANTIBANEZ HAS DECIDED TO DISCONTINUE THIS ADJUNCT FACULTY POSITION AS OF APRIL 30, 2019. AFTER THIS DATE, HE WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR FACULTY PROJECTS AT EMORY UNIVERSITY.

Scott Santibañez is an infectious disease physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine.

Scott is known for his lifelong commitment to social justice. He has worked extensively in the field of HIV/AIDS in drug users, as well as with health disparities and vulnerable populations. As a volunteer physician with St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services and the Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta, he has provided primary care for Latino and Vietnamese immigrant communities and homeless and other marginalized persons, at various clinics and mobile sites around Atlanta for nearly 20 years. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he worked with homeless populations in New York, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Born and raised in Appalachia, Scott also has a strong interest in health issues affecting rural communities.

His interests include working with community and faith-based organizations to translate public health science into community action. He has extensive experience working with many diverse Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and secular non-profit organizations. He has served and published with Emory colleagues during responses to Ebola, 2009 H1N1, Zika and Hurricane Katrina. Scott is a Captain in the US Public Health Service. As a Commissioned Corps officer, he served as Commanding Officer of Camp Phoenix during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Response, and was technical Chief of Staff during the 2009 H1N1 Response. From 2007-2008 he was lead for the White House Homeland Security Council Community/Faith-Based Organization Work Group; he has presented at the White House under both the Bush (2006) and Obama (2010) Administrations. He also holds a doctorate from Trinity, a seminary in western Pennsylvania, and teaches research methods at two seminaries.

Scott previously served as faculty advisor for Emory's Graduate Christian Fellowship, where he focused on helping Emory students to develop a lifelong practice of serving in their communities and working for social justice. In this role, he nominated a Rollins MPH student who won the 2014 Emory Humanitarian Award.

He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer beginning in 1999 and serves on the EIS Advisory Committee, is a Section Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, and is currently the Associate Director for Science for CDC’s Division in Preparedness and Emerging Infections.

 

 

 

Contact Information

Atlanta , GA

1518-002-7BB (SPH: Global Health)

Email: ssantib@emory.edu

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Areas of Interest

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Bioterrorism
  • Faith Based Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Health Literacy
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Rural Health
  • Community Health & Development
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health Disparities

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