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Peter Katona

Professor of Medicine
Dr. Peter Katona is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an EIS Officer studying viral diseases and doing epidemic investigation; and at Apria/Corum Healthcare as their Corporate Medical Director. He has held appointments at Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, and the Los Angeles County Emergency Management Services (EMS) Agency. He is a member of the Hospital Association of Southern California and LA County EMS Agency’s Hospital Preparedness Program Committee, the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s National and Global Public Health Committee, the Pacific Council on International Policy’s Homeland Security Committee, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the FDA’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee. He has served as Chairman of the UCLA Hospital Infection Control Committee. He has authored articles on medical informatics, medical education, influenza, polio, nutrition, bioterrorism, disasters, and the future of health care. He is developing a project to do disease surveillance using social networking in Vietnam, and studies healthcare vulnerabilities to catastrophic disasters in Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized authority on bioterrorism and has lectured internationally on this topic. He teaches a yearly Honors course at UCLA on terrorism, and has edited the books Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network, and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses. He sits on the Board of the University of Florida School of Medicine Alumni Association, and has received the Dean’s Humanitarian Award from the University of Florida School of Medicine. He also maintains a private practice in infectious diseases and internal medicine in Los Angeles.