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Public Health Training Proves Significant for Medical Doctor

September 4, 2013

Originally published March 5, 2012

Luke Shouse, M.D., M.P.H., experienced the inside world of Public Health as a medical resident,  

full-time employee, and now as the CDC assignee to the HIV/AIDS surveillance section. A graduate of East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Shouse is board certified in Preventive Medicine/Public Health.
 
"I completed my Preventive Medicine residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in June 2002," said Dr. Shouse. "During my residency, I participated in a three month rotation at the Georgia Department of Public Health (formerly Division of Public Health) in the Epidemiology Branch." Dr. Shouse has landed once again in the Epidemiology Branch as he fills a recent vacancy.
 
"I am on a 120-day assignment to DPH serving as the HIV epidemiology section chief," said Dr. Shouse. "I oversee the HIV surveillance programs including the core notifiable disease registry for HIV, Georgia's HIV Behavioral Surveillance system and the Medical Monitoring Project. This is basically the job I held when I worked at DPH previously," Dr. Shouse said.
 
His Public Health training proved significant in his career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "My training in Preventive Medicine prepared me for my work at both DPH and then CDC," he told PHWEEK. "It provided the knowledge and skills needed to assess population health outcomes and to design surveillance programs to track and monitor disease."
 
"He's a great medical doctor and we're lucky to have him with us again in Public Health," said J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D., director, division of health protection.