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Dr. Craig Spencer    

New York Physician; Tested Positive for Ebola

Craig Spencer MD MPH is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He currently divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally in public health. He has worked in Africa and Southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects examining access to medical care and human rights, including measuring mortality and maternal health in Burundi, access to legal documentation in Indonesia, child separation in emergencies in D.R. Congo and South Sudan, and coordinating Doctors Without Borders national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak. In addition to his international public health work, Craig has provided medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, West Africa and most recently with Doctors Without Borders in Burundi, East Africa and on a medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. In 2019, he was elected to the Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders USA.

Speech Topics

Death and Dying in West Africa: Understanding Cultural Traditions and Conflicting Biomedical Imperatives During the Ebola Epidemic

  • This touches on the multiple deficiencies in the international response as well as the sociocultural mistakes we made in responding to the Ebola epidemic

The 2014-2016 Ebola Epidemic: The Role of Health Systems

  • This examines the role that weak health systems had before, during and after the Ebola epidemic

Did the West Fail West Africa?: A Delayed and Imperfect Response to the Ebola Epidemic

  • This focuses more on the multiple factors that contributed to the flawed and imperfect international response to the Ebola epidemic

Personal Experience w/ Ebola

Craig always discusses his personal story but can tailor to exactly how much a group wants that included


Doctor Who Survived Ebola Fears For Coronavirus Patients | Time

Dr. Craig Spencer, who was diagnosed with Ebola in New York City, is viewed at a news conference at New York's Bellevue Hospital after being declared free of ...

Doctor who survived Ebola details a harrowing day in the ER ...

(CNN) Dr. Craig Spencer has worked as an epidemiologist in Africa and Southeast Asia and famously survived getting Ebola in 2014 after caring for patients in ...

Dr. Craig Spencer free of Ebola virus - CBS News

Craig Spencer, the doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in West Africa , is now free of the virus and was able to go home from a New York City ...

My Brush With Ebola - The Atlantic

Dr. Craig Spencer had just returned home from Guinea, where he'd been treating Ebola patients. He'd thought he was fine, so had gone out drinking and ...

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