Research- Biosafety Committee

Meet the VPR

Mark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH

kortepeter bioMark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH [Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army (retired)], is a physician, scientist, soldier, and author. Dr. Kortepeter’s career has spanned the hospital, research lab, the lecture hall, the battlefield, and the corner office. He is the Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University (USU). Prior to that, he was a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Director of the Special Pathogens Research Network.


During a 27-year Army career, Dr. Kortepeter held numerous senior positions in biodefense and research, including Deputy Commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program at USU, Biodefense Consultant for the Army Surgeon General, and co-chair of NATO’s Biomedical Advisory Panel. He has worked with multiple organizations, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the CDC, and the National Academy of Medicine.


Dr. Kortepeter has done some recent field work as the lead for Infection Prevention and Control against Ebola virus for the World Health Organization in Burundi and as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization helping hospitals prepare for COVID-19 in the Caribbean.


He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters, and a medical thriller memoir of his experience managing infectious disease crises titled “Inside the Hot Zone: a Soldier on the Front Lines of Biological Warfare.” He also contributes to Forbes’ COVID-19 Frontlines Series.