Dr. Patrick O’Connor joined the Global Immunization Division in 2008 and was seconded to the South-East Asia Regional Office for WHO in New Delhi, India in June 2009 as the Regional Advisors for Polio and Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. O’Connor worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in refugee camps and health clinics in Darfur and southern Sudan as well as consultancies with Relief International (RI) in West Africa. Dr. O’Connor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College on a U.S. Army ROTC scholarship. Upon completion of officer’s logistic school and airborne parachute training, he was deployed to Germany where he serviced in various logistics leadership positions including being seconded to UNHCR in support of operations in the former Yugoslavia. After returning to the United States and working at the Defense Language Institute on the Presidio of Monterey, he attended medical school and received his MD in international health from Ben-Gurion University in Be’ersheva, Israel. He completed his internship in Family Medicine at Drexel University and subsequently received his masters of public health and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in general preventive medicine and licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States.