Dr. Inger Damon
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Inger Damon directs the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Dr. Damon is one of the world’s experts on orthopoxviruses including smallpox, an infectious disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980 by global surveillance and vaccination campaigns. For over fifteen years, Dr. Damon directed CDC’s smallpox research program, conducting research to help develop new smallpox diagnostic tests, assess the effectiveness of new vaccines, and create better drugs for treatment. She serves as the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Smallpox and other Poxviruses at CDC.