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January 29, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Koplan served as the Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion from 1989 to 1994, and then as the Director of CDC from 1998 to 2002. This interview focuses on the early years of the AIDS epidemic, beginning in June 1981 with the publication of the first Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [MMWR] on the five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia among homosexual men. Dr. Koplan served in several critical roles during those early years, first as chair of the Public Health Service AIDS Task Force convened by the Assistant Secretary for Health, [Dr. Edward N.] Ed Brandt, in 1983, and then as chair of several pivotal meetings regarding the transmission of AIDS through blood and blood products.
Interviewed by Dr. Bess Miller
“KOPLAN, JEFFREY ,” The Global Health Chronicles, accessed October 26, 2021, https://globalhealthchronicles.org/items/show/5386.