ETSU College of Public Health hosting ‘Coronavirus: Separating Fact from Fiction’

Published 4:18 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health is hosting “Coronavirus: Separating Fact from Fiction,” a presentation and question and answer session featuring three local experts on infectious diseases and public health.
The event, which is part of the college’s Leading Voices in Public Health lecture series, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the ETSU College of Public Health, will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Moorman, vice chair of research and scholarship, professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine; and Dr. David Kirschke, medical director at Northeast Regional Health Office, Tennessee Department of Health.
The event will consist of three short presentations, with the majority of the time being focused on answering audience questions. Questions can be submitted in advance to Janet Stork at
Wykoff became the founding dean of ETSU’s College of Public Health in 2006. He is a physician, board certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine. Prior to his current role, he has served as Senior Vice president for International Operations at Project HOPE; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and several positions during 11 years at the United States Food and Drug Administration including Associate Commissioner for Operations and Deputy to the Acting Commissioner. In July 2019, Gov. Bill Lee created a new Center for Rural Health research that Wykoff directs.
Moorman is a member of Gov. Lee’s Coronavirus Task Force. He earned both his medical degree and his Ph.D. in molecular medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He continued his training at UVA by completing his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the UVA Health Sciences Center. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Moorman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Association of Immunologists and the American Society of Microbiology.
Kirschke attended medical school at the University of Florida and trained in family practice at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He spent two years as a commissioned officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Centers for Disease Control stationed at the Tennessee Department of Health. During that time, he was involved in investigating a case of bioterrorism-related anthrax in Connecticut and SARS transmission on airlines. As the medical director of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department, he oversees the communicable diseases, emergency preparedness, primary care and dental programs. He is the health officer and tuberculosis physician for the region. Since February 2020, he has been directing the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Northeast Tennessee region. 
To register for the event, visit

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