Duke Experts on Coronavirus, Health Care Available to Media

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Cash Transfers

Lisa Gennetian
Lisa Gennetian is an applied behavioral economist and professor of public policy with expertise in child poverty and early childhood. She is studying the effects of cash transfers such as those being considered by Congress in response to the economic disruption caused by the novel coronavirus.

Child Care and Family Well-being

Elizabeth Gifford
Elizabeth Gifford is an assistant research professor of public policy who studies programs and policies aimed at vulnerable children and an Early Childhood Policy Fellow with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Disease Prevention

Dr. Michael Merson
Dr. Michael Merson is a professor of Global Health and the director of the SingHealth Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Global Health Institute. He has written more than 180 articles, mostly about disease prevention, and has served in advisory capacities for UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

Epidemic Narratives

Priscilla Wald
Priscilla Wald is an English professor and author of “Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative.” She specializes in literature, law, science and medicine and has extensively examined the intersection of myth and medicine as they relate to contagions.

Financial Markets

Jim Cox
Jim Cox is a law professor and expert in corporate and securities law who can discuss stock market regulatory and enforcement issues, including the causes of crises. He can also discuss Sen. Richard Burr’s questionable stock sale and whether and how the STOCK Act applies to such sales.

Campbell Harvey
Campbell Harvey is a business professor and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, specializing in financial markets, global risk management and portfolio management. He is also founding director of the Duke-CFO Survey.

Sarah Bloom Raskin
Sarah Bloom Raskin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is a Rubinstein Fellow at the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law. She can discuss the economy, the stimulus and  moving the economy forward. She blogs here.

Global Health

Gavin Yamey
Gavin Yamey is a professor of the practice of public health and global policy and director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute. He can discuss global health, infectious diseases, neglected diseases, health policy and disparities in health, among many other related topics. Listen to a podcast interview here.

Health Care Policy/Reform

Nathan Boucher
Nathan Boucher is an assistant research professor of public policy, and assistant professor of Track V in population health sciences and medicine. He researches patients’ and caregivers’ experiences and expectations of health care delivery during advanced illness and near the end of life, using qualitative and mixed methods research. He has extensive experience in clinical medicine, including having been a physician’s assistant, and in health care administration, education of health professions and in community-based research.

Dr. Mark McClellan
Dr. Mark McClellan is an economist and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration whose work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care. This includes payment reforms, methods for development and use of real-world evidence and approaches for more effective drug and device innovation. He is also a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. McClellan now directs the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

David Ridley
David Ridley is a professor of the practice of business and faculty director of Duke’s Health Sector Management program. He can discuss innovation and pricing, especially in health care. He was the lead author of the paper proposing the priority review voucher program to encourage development of drugs for neglected diseases, which became U.S. law in 2017.

Donald Taylor
Donald Taylor is a professor of public policy and director of Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. He researches aging and comparative health systems, including Medicare, long-term care and health policy.

Dr. Peter Ubel
Dr. Peter Ubel is a professor of business administration, public policy and medicine. He is a physician and behavioral scientist. Ubel uses the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care spending.

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Gregory Gray
Dr. Gregory Gray is an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor of medicine, global health and environmental health. Gray, a former Navy epidemiologist, leads the Duke One Health Network, which involves more than 30 professionals studying more than 30 pathogens under 30 research and training projects running in multiple countries.

Dr. Sallie Permar
Dr. Sallie Permar is a professor of pediatric infectious disease, immunology and molecular genetics at the Duke School of Medicine, where she is also associate dean of physician scientist development. Permar can address how COVID-19 affects mothers and children, how viruses transmit between people and general questions on vaccine development. She is also on the faculty of Duke Global Health Institute.

Dr. Jonathan Quick
Dr. Jonathan Quick is an adjunct professor of global health and infectious disease expert at Duke Global Health Institute. He can discuss the state and trajectory of the outbreak, global and local preparations and response and lessons learned from historical events such as the 1918 influenza pandemic. Quick, author of the book, “The End of Epidemics,” has also served as director of essential drugs and medicines policies at the World Health Organization.

Linfa Wang
Linfa Wang is director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. He can discuss the origins and spread of the novel coronavirus, comparisons to SARS and other pathogens and efforts to diagnose, detect and contain the virus. Wang specializes in bat-borne viruses and played a leading role in identifying bats as the natural host of the SARS virus outbreak in 2002-2003. He is also a member of the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Pneumonia due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

Cameron Wolfe
Cameron Wolfe is an associate professor of medicine and who can discuss HIV infection, transplant-related infectious diseases, general infectious diseases, biological and emergency preparedness for hospital systems, and influenza and respiratory viral pathogens.


David Anderson
David Anderson is a research associate at the Margolis Center for Health Policy. He can discuss impacts of different health insurance reform proposals, benefit configuration, cost-sharing and policy analysis, and Medicare end-of-life payment reform models.
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Medical Care and Ethics

Dr. Farr Curlin
Dr. Farr Curlin, a hospice and palliative care physician, can speak to the ethics of caring for patients with advanced illness, including how people make decisions under conditions of scarcity, and the ethics of medicine. He holds joint appointments in the Duke School of Medicine and at Duke Divinity School; he is co-director at the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative.


Philip Napoli
Philip Napoli is a professor of public policy. He researches media institutions, regulation and policy. His recent projects include researching new ideas for social media regulation, “news deserts,” and the contraction of news media. Napoli’s latest book is “Social Media and Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age.

Brian Southwell
Brian Southwell specializes on issues such as campaign measurement and evaluation, the roles of social networks, lifespan development and misinformation. He hosts “The Measure of Everyday Life,” a weekly public radio show produced by WNCU for the Raleigh-Durham, NC, media market.

Price Gouging, Regulation and Markets

Michael Munger
Michael Munger, a professor of political science, can discuss price gouging, the gig economy, the functioning of markets, regulation and government institutions. His most recent book, “Tomorrow 3.0,” addresses the gig economy and its relation to the fundamental economic concept of transaction cost.

Psychological Issues

Beth-Anne Blue
Beth-Anne Blue is a psychologist, the assistant director of Duke Personal Assistance Service and a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University’s School of Medicine. She specializes in working with trauma, anxiety disorders (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder), mood disorders (including depression and bipolar disorders), eating disorders and crisis management.

Robin Gurwitch
Robin Gurwitch is a professor in Duke’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Health. She is an expert on the impact of trauma and disasters on children and is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Yan Li
Yan Li is a psychologist and associate dean and director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Duke Kunshan University in China. Her main job responsibilities are to assist students as they deal with the personal, social, and academic challenges of the college experience, and support them in achieving their goals in these areas.


David Emmanuel Goatley
David Emmanuel Goatley is director of the Office of Black Church Studies and a research professor of theology. He is a global leader in faith formation, community engagement, global development and justice advocacy with particular focus among African-American communities and marginalized populations in the Global South.

Amy Laura Hall
Amy Laura Hall has been on faculty at Duke since 1999 and is an established speaker and writer in Christian ethics who can speak on medical ethics, Scriptural ethics, global health, faith and public witness and the political uses of fear. She is the author of a book about Julian of Norwich, a theologian who was a witness to the devastating effects of the bubonic plaque.

Brett McCarty
Brett McCarty is an assistant research professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School and associate director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. Drawing from his research on the opioid crisis, McCarty can speak about the roles played by religious communities and commitments in societal responses to public health issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Risk-Taking and Accountability

Sim Sitkin
Sim Sitkin is a business professor focused on leadership and control systems and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of leadership and risk-taking, accountability, trust, learning and innovation. Sitkin is the founding director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at The Fuqua School of Business.

Rural Global Health

Manoj Mohanan
Manoj Mohanan, an economist, is an associate professor of public policy and global health whose research focuses on health care delivery and access in developing countries. He is in India, so reporters are asked to contact him between 9 and 11:30 a.m. ET.

Social Networking/Distancing 

James Moody
James Moody is a sociologist and who has used network models to help understand school racial segregation, adolescent health, disease spread, economic development and the development of scientific disciplines. He is the founding director of the Duke Network Analysis Center, and editor of the online Journal of Social Structure.