Mehran Massoudi (EPI '92, '93) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 20, 2016, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner.
The Alumni Award for Practice is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant contribution to public health practice.
Massoudi is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and is the branch chief for the Applied Research and Translation Branch (ARTB) and the director of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has also served as the associate director for science in the Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Over the course of his professional career, he has served as a CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, the science advisor to the smallpox team at the CDC’s National Immunization Program, the SARS Surveillance Team lead in the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases, and the associate director for science in the Office of Workforce and Career Development.
From 2005 to 2007, he oversaw the development of the Afghan Public Health Institute (APHI) within the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health. He trained and mentored the APHI staff and assisted with the ministry’s response to the avian influenza outbreaks of 2005–06. Beyond his regularly assigned duties at CDC, Massoudi has also completed five international deployments for CDC and the World Health Organization as part of the Polio Eradication Initiative. He has also traveled to Haiti as part of the department’s health and medical response, and most recently, deployed as lead for the epidemiology team in Grand Cape Mount, Liberia, for the Ebola response.
Massoudi is the recipient of three Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Distinguished Service Awards, the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (highest CDC award for a scientific manuscript), and six CDC honor awards.
Massoudi earned his MPH degree in 1992 and his PhD in 1993 in epidemiology from Pitt Public Health.