From The Field

Learn more about our ProMED Moderators

 

Larry I. Lutwick, MD

Field of Study: Infectious Diseases

What is your niche expertise?
Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Pathogens

How many years have you worked with ProMED?
16

How did you first learn about ProMED?
By reading “The Eleventh Plague” by John S. Marr

Please describe a memorable experience you have had with ProMED?
My wife introduced me to Don Lowe who was involved with the outbreak of SARS in Toronto. When he heard that I worked with ProMED, he remarked “Thank you. What CNN was to the Gulf War, ProMED was to SARS. You guys kept everyone in the loop.” 2. I am honored to use the ProMED data base to feed information on ongoing outbreaks directly to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s exhibit “Outbreaks: Epidemics in a Connected World”

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I am an avid baseball fan, best described as a fan of whoever is playing the Yankees but I love the Mets and participated in their Fantasy baseball camp in Port St. Lucie in 2019. I actually hit the ball thrown by major league pitchers!

Where can readers learn more about your work?
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/idcases

Ghassan M. Matar

Field of Study: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

What is your niche expertise?
Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacterial Pathogens and One Health

How many years have you worked with ProMED?
7

How did you first learn about ProMED?
A CDC Colleague Introduced me to ProMED

Please describe a memorable experience you have had with ProMED?
Since my engagement with ProMED I always enjoy spreading the word about ProMED and Epicore by distributing brochures at various conferences locally and Internationally. At one time at a conference one scientist told me told me “ProMED posts are so efficient and useful that I use them in all my lectures”. He added ” ProMED posts deliver information in a timely manner and provide guidance to contain outbreaks “.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I love food so much. Don’t consider me a “gourmand” but rather a ” gourmet”. I enjoyed steaks in Argentina while at ICID meeting last year, with their large juicy yummy portions and their fine red wine. Will wait to taste Malaysian food in Kuala Lumpur next year…

Where can readers learn more about your work?
https://www.aub.edu.lb/Pages/profile.aspx?memberid=gmatar

Pablo M. Beldomenico

Field of Study: Wildlife diseases, eco-epidemiology, disease ecology

What is your niche expertise?
Zoonotic diseases, one health

How many years have you worked with ProMED?
8

How did you first learn about ProMED?
I used to be a subscriber

Please describe a memorable experience you have had with ProMED?
At the 17th ICID in India, I met colleagues from my country, who were amazed to learn that many of the posts they read were moderated by someone who lived nearby. They told me that, for their jobs, they used ProMED on a daily basis.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
Difficult… I’m a huge soccer fan. I live on the bank of a river. I’m unexplainably fun, so can’t say why…

Where can readers learn more about your work?
http://www.icivet.unl.edu.ar/lee.html
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5039-8975
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pablo_Beldomenic

Mohamed M. Sirdar

Field of Study: Veterinary Epidemiology

What is your niche expertise?
Trans-boundary Animal Diseases Control, Food safety

How many years have you worked with ProMED?
3 years

How did you first learn about ProMED?
My PhD supervisor Professor Geoffrey T. Fosgate

Please describe a memorable experience you have had with ProMED?
I was interviewed to join ProMED during my PhD field study sampling in Kruger National Park in South Africa. My Dutch and Australian friends and colleagues in the students’ camp were very excited that I will be joining an international organization that contributes significantly disease monitoring and surveillance. ProMED is also well respected by my African peers in the veterinary field and our contribution is well appreciated.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I love soccer to an extent I can travel to watch my team (Manchester United) practice their daily training activity. I do play cards as well, but only for fun, NO Money involved.:)-

Where can readers learn more about your work?
https://za.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-mahmoud-sirdar-issa-adam-a2b70374