Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, Dean, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center came to Nebraska in 2014, renown as the Retired Assistant Surgeon General, and as CDC’s Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. He has served on several key leadership positions overseeing programs under the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases [NCZVED]; Pandemic Influenza, and other infectious diseases. While directing global infectious disease activities, he designed the laboratory component of the CDC's field epidemiology and training program. He also helped design and implement the CDC component of the $1.2 billion, 5-year President’s Malaria Initiative. Dr. Khan was the inventor and director of BioPHusion, an innovative CDC pilot project to fuse multiple sources of information for improved situation awareness and timely sharing of actionable information. He has had extensive global work experience. Dean Khan has served on White House committees on food safety and health security and was called upon by WHO to help Sierra Leone improve its national surveillance and response activities after the West African Ebola outbreak. Apart from being an author of over 100 scientific articles, many policy briefs, Dr. Khan is known to the public for his recent book “The Next Pandemic” where he describes his firsthand experience with anthrax, bird flu, Ebola and other deadly infectious disease. He is an expert on health systems and politics surrounding these systems and on anticipating prevention and treatment of emerging and re-emerging infectious disease.