UTHCT physician asked to travel to Southeast Asia to help with tsunami relief

Thursday, January 6, 2005

David Lakey, MD, an infectious disease specialist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has been asked to be ready to travel to the Asian Pacific region to help in the medical response to the tsunami disaster. The University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston asked for Dr. Lakey’s help because of a request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It has not yet been determined when Dr. Lakey will go or where he might be sent, though his destination likely would be either Indonesia or Sri Lanka. Dr. Lakey, an infectious disease specialist, is medical director for UTHSCT’s Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control.

Dr. Lakey lectures around the United States about bioterrorism and biodefense. He also is a member of the newly formed Texas Medical Rangers, a specialized unit of the Texas State Guard’s Medical Reserve Corps.

The Corps trains health care professionals to help public health authorities respond to natural disasters or bioterrorism events. USAID is an independent government agency that provides economic, development, and humanitarian assistance around the world.

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