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Celine  Gounder, MD

Celine Gounder, MD

CNN Medical Analyst, HIV/Infectious Diseases Specialist, Epidemiologist, Podcaster & Filmmaker 


Dr. Celine Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist, filmmaker and storyteller. Dr. Gounder is the CEO/President/Founder of Just Human Productions, a non-profit multimedia organization. She’s also the host and producer of “American Diagnosis,” a podcast on health and social justice, and “Epidemic,” a podcast about the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 / coronavirus epidemic, which she co-hosts with former U. S. Ebola czar Ron Klain. She has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian US, The Washington Post, Reuters, Quartz, Sports Illustrated and Bloomberg View. She’s a Medical Analyst for CNN, and prior to that, was a frequent expert guest on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBSN, BBC, MTV and Oprah Prime. She has covered everything from Ebola and Zika to the opioid overdose crisis and gun violence. She was named one of People Magazine's 25 Women Changing the World in 2017. Read More >

Dr. Gounder is on the faculty of the New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and cares for patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York City as well as at Indian Health Service and tribal health facilities across the country. In early 2015, Dr. 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.

Dr. Gounder is also a consultant for TEDMED, is on TEDMED's Editorial Advisory Board and has served as a TEDMED co-host. And she serves on the Executive Committee of the New York City COVID-19 Rapid Response Coalition, which seeks to extend treatment and services to high-risk, chronically ill and underserved New Yorkers in need of at-home care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between 1998 and 2012, she studied TB and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia and Brazil. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gounder was the Director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE). She later served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Gounder was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. She was elected a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2016. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

In Sickness & In Health


Speech Topics

Infectious Diseases (including COVID-19, Ebola, Zika, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis)

Health Inequities

Public Health and Global Health

Medical Journalism

Gun Violence in America

The Opioid Overdose Crisis

Youth & Mental Health