Dr. Panackal received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Yale in 1997. After completing his internal medicine residency training at UCSD, he went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2000-2002 in the Mycotic Diseases Branch. At that time, his team field investigations included: (1) the Rift Valley fever outbreak in Saudi Arabia and Yemen from August-November, 2000; (2) identification of a new endemic focus of coccidioidomycosis (Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah); (3) an outbreak of invasive aspergillosis among renal transplant recipients; (4) a large outbreak of histoplasmosis among college spring breakers in Acapulco; (5) establishing emergency room syndromic surveillance following the World Trade Center attack in New York; and (6) the inhalational anthrax investigation in Florida, discovering the clue that the mail was the putative source as a member of the team. He completed his clinical infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Washington, Seattle before going on to become a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School while concomitantly obtaining his Masters of Science (Sc.M.) degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. After finishing his tenure at the U.S. Department of State, he has continued to serve as Assistant Professor of Medicine (Civilian) at USUHS and is now a Staff Clinician in the Translational Mycology Unit at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the National Institutes of Health. 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 23 August 2014