NEWS | December 6, 2018

Global health leader to speak in Sacramento on emerging diseases

UC Davis alum and CDC expert Kathrine Tan to talk about outbreak containment


Kathrine Tan, an outbreak response expert with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will speak in Sacramento as part of the UC Davis Health George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine.

Katherine Tan
Kathrine Tan

Titled “Emerging Diseases: Think Globally, Act Locally,” Tan’s address is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in room 1222 of the Education Building at 4601 X Street on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. A reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, however reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

A family medicine physician, Tan earned her bachelor’s and medical degrees and completed residency training at UC Davis. Those experiences, together with a year volunteering in rural Mexico and Peru, inspired her career in detecting, treating and preventing infectious diseases both in the U.S. and abroad. She has worked in outbreak response and policies at the CDC for 15 years, currently as chief of the Domestic Response Unit in the Malaria Branch.

Tan was invited to speak because of the increase in global travel and migration the past few decades, which also increases the mobility of diseases like Ebola and Zika, according to W. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, a UC Davis professor of family and community medicine and residency colleague of Tan’s.

“Experts like Dr. Tan are more important now than ever before, given the increase in global travel and migration together with the expanded range of pathogens and vectors that geographic borders cannot contain,” Eidson-Ton said. “Dr. Tan will talk with us about how medical and public health practitioners at all levels can work together to address these health threats.”

About the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine
George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting lectureship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing UC Davis and the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in health care. More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is at