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Special Event - Measles Symposium - February 9, 2015

Richard Besser, MD

Richard Besser, MD, is the ABC News chief health and medical editor, providing medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms, including World News Tonight,  20/20, Nightline and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. His weekly health twitter chat #abcDrBchat and frequent Facebook chats reach millions.

Since joining ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser has led on-the-ground reporting for medical news stories. A pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, he walked the Ebola wards in Liberia on two trips in 2014, reporting from the center of the deadly epidemic and providing extensive coverage for months as cases were seen in the U.S. In 2012, he was the only journalist to be embedded with a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda, delivering a series of exclusive reports titled, “Inside the Hot Zone: The Ebola Outbreak.” In 2011, he led ABC's global health coverage, "Be the Change: Save a Life," reporting on health issues vital to emerging nations from seven different countries.

Dr. Besser came to ABC News from the CDC, where he served as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In 2009, as acting CDC director, he led the agency’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

He received the Surgeon General's Medallion for his leadership during the H1N1 response, and in 2011 he accepted the Dean's Medal for his contributions to public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.