Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB)

The following individuals serve as members on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria:

Designated Federal Officer

Jomana F. Musmar, MS, PhD
Committee Manager
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Voting Members

Voting members are Special Government Employees and are subject to conflict of interest laws and regulations.


Martin J. Blaser, MD
Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology – RWJMS
Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ
Four Year Term


Michael D. Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Kansas State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Manhattan, KS
Four Year Term

Stephanie R. Black, MD, MSc
Medical Director, Communicable Disease Program
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago, IL
Four Year Term

Helen W. Boucher, MD, FIDSA, FACP
Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR)
Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program
Professor of Medicine
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA
Four Year Term

Virginia R. Fajt, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Clinical Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Four Year Term

Paula Fedorka-Cray, MS, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Population Health and Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Four Year Term

Christine Ginocchio, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Chief Scientific and Medical Officer
Quotient Limited
Newton, PA
Four Year Term

Locke Karriker, DVM, MS, DACVPM
Professor and Interim Chair, VDPAM
Director, Swine Medicine Education Center
Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM)
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Four Year Term

Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN
Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer, School of Nursing
Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
Scholar in Residence, New York Academy of Medicine
New York, NY
Four Year Term

Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, MPH
Director and Senior Fellow
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy
Washington, DC
Four Year Term

Armando Nahum
CEO, Safe Care Campaign
Principal, H2PI
Smyrna, GA
Four Year Term

Payal K. Patel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
The University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
Four Year Term

Executive Director, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education
Professor, Anderson Chair of Veterinary Sciences
Iowa State University Research Park
Ames, IA
Four Year Term

Julia E. Szymczak, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Four Year Term

David White, MS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Food Science
Department of Agriculture Research
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Four Year Term

Representative Members

American Association of Extension Veterinarians
Designated Representative:
Carla L. Huston, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Mississippi State, MS
Two-Year Term

American Veterinary Medical Association
Designated Representative:
Joni Scheftel, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
St. Paul, MN
Two-Year Term

Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Designated Representative:
Emily Wheeler
Washington, DC
Two-Year Term

Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
Designated Representative:
Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH
Baltimore, MD
Two-Year Term

Minor Crop Farmer Alliance
Designated Representative:
James Adaskaveg, PhD
Riverside, CA
Two-Year Term

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Designated Representative:
Jason Newland, MD, MEd
St. Louis, MO
Two-Year Term

Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists
Designated Representative:
Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, PharmD, MHS, FCCP, BCPS
Durham, NC
Two-Year Term

Wellcome Trust
Designated Representative:
Timothy Jinks, PhD
Cambridge, UK
Two-Year Term

Regular Government Employees

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service
Jeffrey Silverstein, PhD
Deputy Administrator
Animal Production and Protection
Office of National Programs
Washington, DC

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Sarah M. Tomlinson, DVM
Executive Director, Strategy and Policy
Veterinary Services
Fort Collins, CO

Food Safety and Inspection Service
Emilio Esteban, DVM, MBA, MPVM, PhD
Chief Scientist
Office of Public Health Science
Washington, DC

U.S. Department of Defense

Uniformed Services University
Paige Waterman, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Professor of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Melissa Miller, MD, MS, FCCM
Medical Officer, Division of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Rockville, MD

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Michael Craig
Antibiotic Resistance and Coordination and Strategy Unit
Atlanta, GA

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Shari Ling, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Baltimore, MD

National Institutes of Health
Dennis M. Dixon, PhD
Chief, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Rockville, MD

Office of Global Affairs
Lynn M. Filpi, PhD
Senior Global Health Officer
Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats
Washington, DC

Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response
Christopher Houchens, PhD
Director (Acting), Division of CBRN Countermeasures
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Washington, DC

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
William Flynn, DVM
Deputy Director Science and Policy Center for Veterinary Medicine
Rockville, MD

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Research and Development
Jay Garland, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response
Cincinnati, OH

Advisory Council Staff

Mark Kazmierczak, PhD
Gryphon Scientific
Takoma Park, MD

Haley Krem
Committee Management Officer
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Chloe Loving, MPH, CHES, CPH
ORISE Fellow
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Sarah McClelland, MPH
Public Health Advisor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC


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