Seema Yasmin Appointed to National Committee Addressing Disease Misinformation

Seema Yasmin, MD


Seema Yasmin, MD, clinical assistant professor of primary care and population health, was recently appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) committee established to mitigate inaccurate claims about biological threats. 

Yasmin is the Director of Stanford’s Health Communication Initiative, an author, and an Emmy-Award winning journalist. Her scholarly work examines the spread of misinformation and pinpoints health information inequity as a social determinant of health. In the past, she led disease-outbreak investigations as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authored numerous books and articles and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news in 2017.

As part of the NASEM committee, she will join a team of international scientists in developing evidence to fight the widespread misinformation associated with infectious disease outbreaks. Although this has been a longstanding issue, it emerged as a major public health threat during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Please join us in congratulating her on this noteworthy achievement. We look forward to her contributions impacting health and education around the globe.