Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
David is a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. Previously, he was medical sociologist and research fellow with HealthMap.org, an online tool for real-time epidemic surveillance based at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard Medical School. He led a project developing an iPad application for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for geographically based risk analysis incorporating information on demography, migration and infectious diseases. He also expanded HealthMap’s epidemic detection in Arabic. With primary interests in infectious disease and refugee health in the Middle East, David has done medical work with Palestinian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon and recently spent two months volunteering to help Syrian refugees in Jordan. Volunteering with the Syrian American Medical Society and the National Arab-American Medical Society, he worked in clinics in Za’atari, the main refugee camp, with a NGO helping unregistered urban refugees, and at a spinal cord injury center in Amman. David’s sociology background is focused on health policy. While at Yale, he worked with an NGO examining intellectual property barriers to accessing medicines and vaccines in resource-poor countries. His sociology dissertation examined the International Health Regulations, pandemic influenza preparedness and the Codex Alimentarius, which are World Health Organization regulations designed to prevent, contain or mitigate the effects of disasters and epidemics.