Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Peter Hotez Share Their Expertise During Pandemic

Ever since the coronavirus spread across the globe, two BSF Board of Governors members – Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Peter Hotez – have become constant, reliable sources in two key areas: epidemiology and mental health.

Hotez is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, as well as a professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. A renowned advocate in the fields of global health and vaccines, his face – and his ever-present bow ties – have become familiar to viewers of CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other media outlets. For interviewers such as Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Chris Hayes, Hotez has become a go-to source on the spread of the virus, development of possible vaccines and lingering controversies over how to contain the virus.

Gordon is the Director of the United States National Institute of Mental Health – the lead federal agency for mental illness research. During this time of widespread illness and economic uncertainty, Gordon has been interviewed by the Washington Post, PBS and many other media outlets. With mental health a rising concern all over the world, Gordon has been a trusted resource on topics such as fears, anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic.

At BSF, we are fortunate to benefit from the leadership of these two distinguished scientists. During these uncertain times, it is good to know that many people around the world are also benefiting from their input.