Ceci Mundaca-Shah, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Ceci Mundaca-Shah, M.D., Dr.P.H., is a senior program officer for the Board on Global Health with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is currently the director of the Forum on Microbial Threats. Prior to leading the forum’s work, she directed the Multi-Stakeholder Initiative for Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future. She was the study director for the National Academies’ Board on the Health of Select Populations report, Beyond Myalgic Encelphalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness. She also served as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Academies’ Board on Global Health on the "Outcome and Impact Evaluation of Global HIV/AIDS Programs Implemented Under the Lantos-Hyde Act of 2008." Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Mundaca-Shah was employed as head of the Surveillance Center of the Emerging Infections Program in the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 in Lima, Peru. In that role, she led the successful implementation of a technology-based disease surveillance system (Alerta) at sites across the nation and the initial phase of a project sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command to expand Alerta to five other countries in South America. Alerta is a partnership involving the Peruvian Navy and the U.S. Navy. Dr. Mundaca-Shah also led the collaborative syndromic surveillance pilot implementation in the Peruvian Ministry of Health. She was part of the Early Warning Outbreak Recognition System Working Group and participated in several studies, including a field visit to evaluate the performance of the system in Lao People’s Demo¬cratic Republic. She obtained her M.D. from San Marcos University, Lima, Peru, and her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. Her dissertation work focused on developing a framework to guide the implementation of disease surveillance systems in developing countries. Dr. Mundaca-Shah completed a certificate in emerging infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Iowa.