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Jeff Koplan

Jeffrey P. Koplan,
MD, MPH

Senior Strategic Advisor, CHAMPS
Vice President for Global Health, Emory University

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan was CHAMPS’s founding Principal Investigator (PI). He worked on the initial CHAMPS grant and served as PI for two years, before moving into a Senior Advisory role. He works closely with CHAMPS leadership to ensure success of the network’s strategic objectives. In addition to his work at CHAMPS, Dr. Koplan is Vice President for Global Health at Emory University. He established and served as Director of the Emory Global Health Institute from 2006-2013, and is co-founder and former President of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

Dr. Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970s as a member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Epidemic Intelligence Service. Throughout his 26-year tenure at CDC, he has played a key role in a variety of domestic and global public health issues, including infectious diseases such as smallpox, SARS, polio and HIV/AIDS, environmental issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster, and the health tolls of tobacco, obesity, and chronic disease. From 1998-2002, Dr. Koplan served as Director of the CDC.

His has lived and worked in China, Guatemala, India, and Hungary, leading projects for the World Bank, World Health Organization, and CDC. His experience in China spans more than three decades, including work on health promotion and tobacco control, and US-China bilateral partnerships.  He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine and Honorary Advisor 001 of the Chinese CDC.

Dr. Koplan has been awarded numerous honors for his domestic and international public health efforts, written more than 240 scientific papers, and co-authored two books on childhood obesity.  He is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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