Dr. George W. Korch is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and as the Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Health and Human Services. Dr. Korch has also been on the faculty of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as Visiting Professor for over seven years, and currently as an Adjunct Faculty member. His federal experience during his tenure at HHS has also included a number of leadership roles, such as co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE), co-chair of the Federal Expert Security Advisory Panel (FESAP) under the National Security Staff, Office of the President, and as co-chair of the Department of Health and Human Services Biosafety and Biosecurity Coordinating Council.
He retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department in 2008, where he had served in a number of leadership roles, including the Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Department of Defense Medical Chemical and Biological Defense Research Program. He also served as one of the first Directors of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasure Center, Department of Homeland Security. His area of expertise is in viral and rickettsial zoonotic diseases, science management and in biodefense medical countermeasure development (vaccines, therapies and diagnostics).