Dr. German Gonzalez Wins GPHA Award
On December 4, Dr. German Gonzalez was honored by the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) as the 2009 recipient of the Sellers-McCroan Award for Outstanding Leadership in Epidemiology.
According to the GPHA website, the annual Sellers-McCroan Award is given to a public health professional to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement and service to Georgians in epidemiology and/or laboratory services. The recipient is a public health professional in Georgia, whose work has had significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services at the state, district or county levels, or in academia or in hospitals.
Dr. German Gonzalez has worked at the North Central Health District since 2002, serving as the Medical Epidemiologist and as the Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology Unit Director. Prior to joining public health, Dr. Gonzalez worked as trauma physician & surgeon. Dr. Gonzalez received his medical degree from the National University of Colombia. He received a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Outcomes Management from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Gonzalez has devoted his research work and interest into syndromic surveillance, Electronic Medical Records & Health Information Exchange, agents for bioterrorism, infectious diseases, disaster epidemiology, and public health practice. Dr. Gonzalez has participated in active research and application of Syndromic surveillance systems and is considered a leader in this area.
Congratulations Dr. Gonzalez!