Dr. Patrick O’Connor, MSIH alumnus of 2003, and guest speaker at the Physician’s Oath Ceremony of last year’s entering class of 2022, is quoted extensively in an article in the New York Times. The article, explains how the measles outbreak that led to a state of emergency in New York’s Rockland County began in an annual Hasidic pilgrimage from Israel to Ukraine.
Dr. O’Connor is currently Team Lead for Accelerated Disease Control (ADC) at the WHO Regional office for Europe in Copenhagen. Since graduating from MSIH nearly 16 years ago, he has worked in several countries including Darfur, South Sudan, Indonesia, Syria, Iraq, India and Pakistan. He has performed various leadership and technical positions, for UNICEF in New York, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA. His main focus today is on supporting countries on remaining polio-free and accelerating the elimination of measles and rubella.