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Celine R. Gounder

Celine R. Gounder, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Primary Care, Hospitalist Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health, Global Health, Health Disparities, Medical Journalism, Podcasting, Filmmaking, HIV, Tuberculosis, Ebola, Zika, COVID-19, coronavirus, Opioid Use Disorder

Celine Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She cares for patients on the wards at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and at Indian Health Service and tribal health facilities across the country.


Dr. Gounder is the CEO, President, and Founder of Just Human Production, a non-profit multimedia organization. Dr. Gounder is the host and producer of American Diagnosis, a podcast on health and social justice, and Epidemic, a podcast about the COVID-19 coronavirus.


She's written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Guardian USThe Washington PostReutersQuartzSports Illustrated, and Bloomberg View. She’s a frequent expert guest on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, CBS, BBC, MTV, Dr. Oz, and Oprah Prime. She’s best known for her print and TV coverage of the Ebola, Zika, COVID-19, gun violence, and opioid abuse epidemics.


In early 2015, Dr. Gounder spent two months volunteering as an Ebola aid worker in Guinea. In her free time, she interviewed locals to understand how the crisis was affecting them. She is currently making Dying to Talk, a feature-length documentary about the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.


Dr. Gounder is also a consultant for TEDMED and on TEDMED’s 2017, 2018, and 2020 Editorial Advisory Boards.


Between 1998 and 2012, she studied TB and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Brazil. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gounder was the Director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic. She later served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Gounder was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. She was elected a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2016 and featured in the IDSA’s 2017 Annual Report. In 2017, People Magazine named her one of 25 Women Changing the World.



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MD from University of Washington

Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Infectious Diseases

Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine

Emanuel, Ezekiel J; Osterholm, Michael; Gounder, Celine R

JAMA. 2022 Jan 18; 327(3):211-212

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Nature immunology. 2021 Oct; 22(10):1201-1203

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What Africa's fight against HIV can teach Latin America about Zika [WebSite]

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Zika virus isn't the only concern for Rio Olympics

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