Eric Nilles

Director, Program on Infectious Diseases and Humanitarian Emergencies

Dr. Eric Nilles, MD MSc, is the Director of the Program on Infectious Diseases and Epidemics at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He competed his clinical training at Yale and studied tropical medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked in more than 30 countries and has broad experience working with MSF and WHO responding to disease outbreaks, humanitarian crises, and other public health emergencies in conflict zones such as Darfur, DR Congo, and Chad; the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone; and tsunamis and cyclone responses in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, and Micronesia. He has specific expertise in early warning disease surveillance, outbreak response, epidemic risk assessments, population-level seroepidemiological studies, and health security strengthening. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific papers and book chapters related to epidemic-prone diseases, outbreak response, seroepidemiology, and public health emergencies.