Kamil Barbour (BIOST ’11, EPI ’10) is an epidemiologist with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently serving as team lead of the State Chronic Disease Epidemiology Assignee Program. In this hand-selected role, he supervises four senior-level epidemiologists and leads a prolific research program focused on critical applied epidemiological needs. In 2010, Barbour was accepted into the highly competitive epidemic intelligence service (EIS) fellowship at the CDC and subsequently joined CDC's Arthritis Program as a staff epidemiologist. He also proudly serves the nation as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), where he was promoted to the prestigious rank of commander (0-5) by the age of 35 due to his exceptional accomplishments and high-level impact within his field.
Barbour’s work on arthritis, Ebola, Zika, cholera, polio, and Mycoplasma pneumonia, among others has earned him 17 USPHS awards, several CDC awards, and other national awards. He has worked under challenging conditions in countries such as Haiti, Guinea, and Jordan to stem epidemics, and he was recognized with the CDC Award for Support and Leadership for his efforts in the West Africa Ebola response. To date, Barbour has 60 peer-reviewed publications (22 as lead author) and 66 professional presentations. He is an active member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) and the American College of Rheumatology. He has made major scientific contributions to the musculoskeletal disease world by quantifying the burden at local, state, and national levels, and by identifying risk factors for arthritis, bone loss, and fractures; his publications have furthered our understanding of these highly prevalent conditions and have garnered extensive attention nationally via media as well as by academic and government partners. His novel work on physical performance trajectories and risk of fractures and mortality garnered him the ASBMR Young Investigator Award in 2012.
Barbour received his PhD in epidemiology and MS in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and 2011 respectively.