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Cyrus Shahpar

Cyrus Shahpar

Director, Prevent Epidemics Team at Resolve to Save Lives Initiative, Vital Strategies

Cyrus Shahpar is a global health professional with over 10 years of experience. Cyrus is currently the Director of the Prevent Epidemics Team at the Resolve to Save Lives Initiative of Vital Strategies. Prior to joining Vital Strategies, Cyrus served as the Team Lead for the Global Rapid Response Team at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Atlanta Headquarters Office. At CDC, he served as a uniformed officer in the US Public Health Service and worked with humanitarian organizations including UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, and WFP in large emergencies in Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, Jordan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He also worked in Liberia, Atlanta, and Washington DC in a variety of roles for the Ebola response. Previously he worked for John Hopkins University, the University of California at San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and as an attending emergency physician at Emory University. Cyrus earned his Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley, and his Medical Degree and Master of Business Administration from UC Irvine. He completed residency / chief residency in Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC.