Dr. Panackal received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Yale in 1997. After completing internal medicine residency at University of California, he served as an Officer in the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2000 to 2002. At that time, his team field investigations included (1) the Rift Valley fever outbreak in Saudi Arabia and Yemen – its first occurrence outside the African continent; (2) identification of a new endemic focus of coccidioidomycosis; (3) an outbreak of invasive aspergillosis among renal transplant recipients; (4) a large outbreak of histoplasmosis among college spring breakers; (5) emergency room syndromic surveillance following the World Trade Center attack; and (6) the inhalational anthrax investigation in Florida, discovering a clue that the mail was the putative source as a member of the team. He completed his infectious diseases fellowship at University of Washington, Seattle, before going on to become Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, while concomitantly obtaining his Master of Science (S.M.) degree in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. He then became Chief of Infectious Diseases/Tropical Medicine in the Office of Medical Services at the U.S. Department of State, continuing to serve as an educator at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) -- now Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine -- before pursuing a more academic track as Staff Clinician at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) and is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases via the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Tropical Medicine via the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Biography Updated on 24 July 2016