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Celine Gounder ’97

Celine Gounder

Celine Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist and filmmaker. She is currently on an “ill-health tour” of the U.S., caring for patients in disease hotspots throughout the country — everywhere from NYC’s Bellevue Hospital to Indian reservations to Appalachia. She is also on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine. She is the host and producer of In Sickness and in Health, a podcast on health and social justice. She has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian US, The Washington Post, Reuters, Quartz, Sports Illustrated and Bloomberg View. She is 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, 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. 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. She received her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MD from the University of Washington. She was elected a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2016.


Sensitivity on Screen: How to Tell Intimate Stories on Camera

Saturday, October 6


Azza Cohen ’16, Documentary Director


Maggie Betts ’99, Director & Screenwriter

Jennifer Brea ’04, Filmmaker

Purcell Carson, Documentary Filmmaker, Woodrow Wilson School

Josephine Decker ’03, Filmmaker

Celine Gounder ’97, Host & Producer, “In Sickness and in Health”

Janay Watts ’10, Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania