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Tomás Aragón, director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness

Tomás Aragón

A medical epidemiologist, Tomás Aragón heads the Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness at UC Berkeley, which seeks to prepare public-health agencies and staff to detect, investigate and respond to microbial threats.

Before coming to the campus’s School of Public Health, he directed Community Health Epidemiology and Disease Control at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and served as deputy county health officer for the City and County of San Francisco. At SFDPH, he directed communicable-disease control and prevention, bioterrorism preparedness and response planning, and the epidemiologic and effectiveness research unit.

Aragón's passions are health equity, leadership development, collective impact and data science. He is a graduate of the UCSF/California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) leadership program and a fellow in the Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health program.

He is trained in medicine (Harvard Medical School), primary-care internal medicine (UCSF/SF General Hospital), clinical infectious diseases (UCSF), HIV/AIDS research (UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies) and epidemiology (UC Berkeley).

Posts by Tomás Aragón

3-18-14Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?What do zombies, body snatchers, and the tobacco industry have in common?
2-8-14Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?How the “Flu Blacklist” Explains Why the 2013-2014 Flu Season is Deadly
2-2-14Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?Sugar MADNESS: How metabolic syndrome drives obesity and what you can do about it
2-13-13Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?San Francisco plastic-bag ban associated with 46% increase in foodborne illness deaths — Not!
9-1-12Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?Thoughts on health leadership
9-1-12Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?A healthier San Francisco through alignment, connections, equity (ACE)
4-28-12Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?Health care workers have ethical responsibility to protect their patients from preventable infectious diseases