Inglesby named director of UPMC's Center for Biosecurity

PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced Nov. 11 that Thomas V. Inglesby is the new director and chief executive officer of the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. He succeeds Tara O’Toole, who was recently appointed Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security.

Inglesby has been the chief operating officer and deputy director of the Baltimore-based Center for Biosecurity since its founding in 2003 and is an associate professor of medicine and public health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. An infectious diseases physician by training, Inglesby was one of the founding members of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, where he was the deputy director from 2001 to 2003.

“Tom’s extraordinary expertise and profound knowledge of biosecurity issues uniquely qualify him for this new role,” said Jeffrey A. Romoff, president and CEO of UPMC. “We live in an era when bioterrorism, pandemic influenza and other global health issues require us to think and act creatively, and his capable leadership will keep the center at the forefront of that effort.”

Inglesby has been an adviser to numerous government, scientific and academic organizations on issues related to biosecurity. He has served on committees of the Defense Science Board and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences and most recently was appointed to the Technical Committee on National Health Security Strategy and as a member of the Maryland Governor’s H1N1 Flu Advisory Board.

 “I will place a particular priority on improving the nation’s response to H1N1, on strategies to address the evolving biological weapons threat and on international partnerships to confront these issues,” Inglesby said.

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s resilience in the face of such events.