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February 10, 2016


Dr. James Curran served as the Coordinator for the very initial Task Force on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections in July 1981 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and became the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS in the National Center for Infectious Diseases by September of 1989. Currently he is Dean and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, continuing to provide leadership at a national and international level on AIDS. This oral history of AIDS at CDC is focused on the early years beginning in June of 1981 with the publication of the first Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports on five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia among homosexual men.


Interviewed by Dr. Bess Miller


“CURRAN, JAMES ,” The Global Health Chronicles, accessed May 28, 2023,