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Panelist: Kathleen F. Gensheimer, M.D., M.P.H.
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Center for Disease Control
Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Kathleen F. Gensheimer, M.D., M.P.H., is active on the Pandemic Influenza Task Force, Infectious Disease Society of America, where she provides input from the state public health perspective to the federal government's pandemic influenza planning efforts.

Dr. Gensheimer is the State Epidemiologist, for the Center for Disease Control, Maine Department of Health and Human Services. As State Epidemiologist, she plays a critical and dynamic role with responsibility for providing medical and epidemiological guidance and consultation to the Maine CDC's leadership team, medical professionals, diagnostic laboratories, veterinarians and other state- level professional, official, and voluntary health organizations involved in the control of infectious diseases. This position responds to requests for medical epidemiological assistance within the State of Maine; within the Northeastern United States as well as nationally, directing and/or coordinating special epidemiological surveys and studies; conducting outbreak investigations; providing input on public health policy; bio-emergency and pandemic influenza preparedness efforts. Dr. Gensheimer has been active in several national professional organizations, including the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American Society of Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America, where she has assumed leadership positions.

Dr. Gensheimer is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to her assuming her current position in Maine.

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