The Pandemic in New York City: What Happened and What Will Happen Next
A Virtual Conversation with
Dr. Jay Varma, Principal Scientific Spokesperson and Leader of NYC’s COVID-19 Response
Monday, April 18, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
Science Writers in New York is pleased to present Jay K. Varma, MD (@DrJayVarma), an expert on the prevention and control of diseases. Dr. Varma is currently the director of the Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response at Weill Cornell Medicine. However, most of you will know him from his daily TV appearances when he was the principal scientific spokesperson and leader of New York City’s COVID-19 response during the height of the pandemic.
Dr. Varma will speak with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about his experiences leading the COVID-19 response in NYC, whether NYC and the nation are opening too quickly, the new variants, and what the upcoming months may look like. Dr. Varma will also speak about his new role as director of the Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response at Weill Cornell Medicine.
About Dr. Jay K. Varma
Jay K. Varma, MD, is an expert on the prevention and control of diseases, having led epidemic responses, developed global and national policies, and led large-scale programs that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives in China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the United States.
After graduating magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard, Dr. Varma completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and chief residency at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
From 2001-2021, Dr. Varma worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with postings in Atlanta, Thailand, China, Ethiopia, and New York City. From April 2020 – May 2021, he served as the principal scientific spokesperson and lead for New York City’s COVID-19 response. In September 2021, he joined Weill Cornell Medicine as a professor of population health sciences and director of the Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response. Dr. Varma has authored 143 scientific manuscripts, 12 essays, and one book. A retired Captain in the US Public Health Service, he has been recognized as the US Public Health Service Physician Researcher of the Year (2010) and Physician Leader of the Year (2017) and has received the two highest awards in the U.S. Public Health Service (Distinguished Service Medal, 2011; Meritorious Service Medal, 2018).
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Monday, April 18
7 to 8 pm EDT