About

Dr. Celine Gounder - one of PEOPLE's 25 Women Changing the World

Dr. Celine Gounder

is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist and filmmaker.

Dr. Gounder is currently on an "ill-health tour" of the US, caring for patients in disease hotspots throughout the country... everywhere from NYC's Bellevue Hospital to Indian reservations to Appalachia. She's on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gounder is the host and producer of In Sickness and in Health, a podcast on health and social justice.

She's written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Guardian USThe Washington PostReutersQuartzSports Illustrated and Bloomberg View. She’s a frequent expert guest on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBS, BBC, MTV and Oprah Prime. She’s best known for her print and TV coverage of the Ebola, Zika 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 and 2018 Editorial Advisory Boards. And she's a clinical consultant for RubiconMD.

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.

Dr. Gounder lives with her husband Grant Wahl in New York City.