kortepeterTales from "Inside the Hot Zone" and Relevance to COVID-19

Virtual luncheon with Dr. Mark Kortepeter, MD, MPH, Colonel (Retired) US Army
June 5, 2020 at noon
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We invite you to engage in our continuing Speaker Series in a virtual format.  At noon, on Friday, June 5th, Mark G. Kortepeter will join us via Zoom, sharing riveting tales from the front lines responding to national, international and lab crises and applying lessons learned to our current pandemic. The presentation will be about 40 minutes, with time afterwards for questions.  

Dr. Kortepeter is a physician, scientist, soldier, and author. His career has spanned the hospital, research lab, the lecture hall, the battlefield, and the corner office. He is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Director of the Special Pathogens Research Network.

During a 27-year Army career, Dr. Kortepeter held numerous senior positions in biodefense and research, including Deputy Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID – aka, the “hot zone”), Biodefense Consultant for the Army Surgeon General and co-chair of NATO’s Biomedical Advisory Panel. He has worked with multiple organizations, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the CDC, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Kortepeter has done recent field work as the lead for Infection Prevention and Control against Ebola virus for the World Health Organization in Burundi and as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization against COVID-19 in the Caribbean.

He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters, as well as "Inside the Hot Zone: a Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare.” He also is also contributor to Forbes’ “COVID-19 Frontlines Series.”

You can follow him on Twitter (@MKortepeter) or learn more on his website: markkortepeter.com


12:00PM - 1:00PM Fri 5 Jun 2020, Eastern timezone

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Marcy Taylor
Cynthia Williams
Kerry Hastings
Gillian Sella
Bert Baker
Monika Sugimoto
Courtney Roberts
William Meyers
William Meyers
Christopher Vuturo
Mark Kortepeter
Lori Nuckolls
Jilda Vargus-Adams
Monika Sugimoto
Jamie Overbey
Robert Palay
Shalini Gupta
Daniel Cunningham
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Tim Garry
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    Inside the Hot Zone is a riveting real-life medical thriller by an expert in infectious diseases, public health, and lab containment. 
    Amazon link to buy the book or learn more


    During Kortepeter’s seven and a half years in leadership at USAMRIID, the United States experienced some of the most serious threats in modern germ warfare, including the specter of biological weapons during the Iraq War, the anthrax letters sent after 9/11, and a little-known crisis involving a presumed botulism attack on the president of the United States. Inside the Hot Zone is a shocking, frightening eye-opener as Kortepeter describes in gripping detail how he and his USAMRIID colleagues navigated threats related to anthrax, botulism, smallpox, Lassa, and Ebola.
    Kortepeter crafts a rich and riveting narrative as he wrestles with life-and-death decisions managing biological weapon exposures. The stories are real, but they could just as easily serve as plotlines in popular fiction or Hollywood thrillers. He gives the reader a seat at the table as each crisis unfolds, with an unvarnished and personal perspective on the dangers, the drama, the fear, the frustrations, the irony, and the uncertainty he encountered as a physician in the role of “Biodefender.”--Amazon

    “To understand and appreciate the bravery of the scientists working to protect our nation from such bio-epidemics…Inside the Hot Zone is a terrifying, but indispensable guide.”  Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times


    "I highly recommend this to all members of the military regardless of rank or branch of service."  Lt. Col. George Hodge, Military Review