Interviewees for case: SARS
Ministry of Health Official—Beijing
Li Tao was born in Tianjin in 1945. He moved to Beijing in 1976, becoming a Party member and joining the civil service. After a distinguished career in the Ministry of Civil Affairs in which he rose from a low-level bureaucrat to the provincial head for Sichuan Province, Mr. Tao transferred to the Ministry of Health in 1999, about 3 years before the SARS outbreak.
Dr. Chen Wu
Hong Kong Central Hospital
Dr. Chen Wu grew up the son of a successful merchant in Shandong province. He earned his MD from the Beijing School of Medicine in 1989. He began his medical career in a rural area of Guangxi province before moving to Hong Kong Central Hospital in 1994.
SARS Survivor—Guangdong Province
Fai Qin was born in rural Guangdong province and lived on his family's farm for most of his life. He and his wife moved to Guangzhou in 1998 in search of a steady job. Mr. Qin had worked as a cook in a downtown restaurant for 3 years when he contracted SARS.
WHO Contagious Disease Representative
Emily Newman was born in Iowa City in 1953. She attended the University of Michigan, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1980. After spending 14 years at the National Institute of Health, Ms. Newman joined the World Health Organization in 1994.
Canadian Global Public Health Intelligence Network Official
Peter Conner grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended college in the United States, graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science. He has worked with the GPHIN since 1995.
Government Official—Guangdong Province
Jun Chang is the grandson of a government official former colonel for the Communist forces in the Chinese Civil War. He has worked as an official in Guangdong Province since 1997.
WHO China Envoy
Patricia Doyle grew up in New York City and attended Columbia University, earning her doctorate in Public Health in 1992. After working for a series of non-profit organizations, Mrs. Doyle joined the WHO in 1999.
Dr. Bruce Townsend
WHO Team Member on SARS Assignment to Vietnam
Bruce Townsend was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1964. He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and joined the WHO a few weeks after graduating. Dr. Townsend currently lives in Washington, DC.
Scientist from Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology
Zhi Yang grew up in Shanghai and graduated at the top of her class from Hunan University in 1972. Ms. Yang joined the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences after earning her PhD in microbiology in 1977.
Dr. Yi Lin
Chinese Ministry of Health
Yi Lin was born in the city of Wuhan in 1956. He received his MD from Nanjing Medical University in 1988 and after working for several years in Nanjing General Hospital, joined the Ministry of Health in 1996.
Lab Technician, Lanzhou Medical Laboratories
Lei Tan grew up in Lanzhou, one of the largest cities in northwest China. She has remained close to home, earning a college degree in biology from Lanzhou State University in 1980. She has worked as a lab technician in Lanzhou Medical Laboratories since 1994.