Global Health Chronicles

Dr. Joel Montgomery

David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Global Health Chronicles


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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Sam Robson, and I’m here with Joel Montgomery. Today’s date is November 30th, 2015

Keywords: CDC

Subjects: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)

00:00:44 - Youth and education through college

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me where and when you were born?

Keywords: family; high school; parents; science

Subjects: Bedford (Tex.); Dallas (Tex.); Louisiana; Texas; Texas A & M University; University of Texas

00:04:07 - Decision to go into science/Graduate education

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Partial Transcript: Went on to graduate school and got my PhD in--PhD is technically in quantitative biology, so a lot of mathematics and biology, microbiology.

Keywords: G. Stewart; doctors; epidemiology; immune system; infectious disease; laboratory work; mentors; microbiology; parasites; public health

Subjects: Trichinella

00:15:35 - Choosing the path of fieldwork/Coming to CDC

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Partial Transcript: So upon being conferred your PhD, what you were thinking about your future, about where you were at?

Keywords: CDC; Division of Parasitic Diseases (DPD); J. Priest; Komodo dragons; NIH; P. Lammie; bench science; drug development; emerging infectious diseases; epidemiology; fieldwork; parasites; postdoctoral fellowships

Subjects: Anthrax; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); National Institutes of Health (U.S.)

00:21:32 - Epidemic Intelligence Service in Viral Special Pathogens Branch/Family life

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Partial Transcript: And I applied for EIS and got in. So I moved from being a bench scientist into field epidemiology and the program I got into was Viral Special Pathogens, so hemorrhagic fevers.

Keywords: E. Gurley; EIS; Outbreak; S. Luby; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); art; career advancement; children; diversity; family; fruit bats; global health; human resources (HR); international response; interpersonal dynamics; laboratorians; management; matching; outbreaks; religion; rodents; spouse; travel; viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs); zoonotic

Subjects: Bangladesh; Bolivia; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Hantaviruses; Islam; Nipah virus; Spanish language; West Nile virus

00:44:00 - What it was like serving in EIS/CDC emergency response and EIS, then vs now

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Partial Transcript: What was it like just getting into the field in EIS for an extended time?

Keywords: D. Carroll; GPS; J. Mott; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); communication; headquarters; support; teamwork; technology; training; viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs)

Subjects: Angola; CDC Emergency Operations Center; Global Positioning System; Marburg virus disease; Nipah virus

00:49:58 - Responding to Marburg in Angola, 2005

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Partial Transcript: But that was a big deployment. We had a lot of staff that went out and were rotating because it went on for several weeks.

Keywords: A. Duse; EIS; M. Bell; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); blood; children; communications; community outreach; contact tracing; decontamination; fear; friendship; hospital-acquired infections (HAIs); infection prevention and control (IPC); interpersonal dynamics; outbreaks; personal protective equipment (PPE); risk; rural; sample collection; social mobilization; specimen collection; specimen transport; teamwork; transfusion; viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs); work conditions

Subjects: Africa, West; Angola; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Epidemic Intelligence Service; Marburg virus disease; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

01:01:20 - Community resistance and outreach in Angola's 2005 Marburg outbreak

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember specifically what kinds of negative community reactions there were to people coming in? Were there any, like, demonstrations, or any

Keywords: anger; burial; communication; community outreach; community resistance; culture; decontamination; education; fear; germ theory; local authorities; religious leaders; specimen collection; violence; witchcraft

01:04:59 - Recruitment into 2014 Ebola response in Liberia/Community outreach

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Partial Transcript: When the outbreak started back in December of 2013, it was no different than any other Ebola outbreak.

Keywords: K. De Cock; Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW); S. Nichol; community outreach

Subjects: Liberia

01:06:58 - Working with the US Navy in Peru/Living abroad

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Partial Transcript: You had said that after your two years in EIS, you actually kind of re-upped for another two?

Keywords: J. Olsen; NAMRU-6; US Embassy; United States Naval Medical Research Unit; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); family; spouse

Subjects: Bolivia; Kenya; Peru; Spanish language

01:11:49 - Mentors and colleagues

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Partial Transcript: One thing I was wondering is whether you had anyone while you were in EIS or when you were in Viral Special Pathogens or Bolivia who you would consider a mentor.

Keywords: D. Bausch; G. Stewart; J. Tappero; M. Bell; P. Lammie; R. Breiman; Viral Special Pathogens Branch (VSPB); colleagues; friends; mentors; travel

Subjects: Kenya; Liberia; Tulane University