Daniel R. Lucey

Senior Scholar


Selected Active Projects

Selected Prior Projects

Daniel R. Lucey, MD, MPH is a Senior Scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He is also an adjunct Professor of Medicine-Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has taught at Georgetown for 17 years focusing on Outbreaks, Pan-Epidemics, and Pandemics. Since 2001 he has been involved on the ground with anthrax, smallpox vaccination, SARS (China, Canada), H5N1 avian flu (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt), Pandemic Flu (USA, Egypt), MERS (Middle East, Korea), Ebola (Sierra Leone, Liberia with MSF at ELWA-3), Zika (Brazil, USA), Yellow Fever (Kinshasa, Beijing), Chikungunya (Karachi, Islamabad), H7N9 (China), and Plague (Madagascar).

August 7, 2014 he proposed an Exhibit on Epidemics to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It will be open from May 18, 2018 until 2021. The lead curator is an Anthropologist Dr. Sabrina Sholts. Dr. Lucey worked extensively with the Smithsonian team on the content (e.g., One Health, HIV, Ebola, pandemic influenza, Zika, SARS, MERS, avian influenza, Nipah, and with global colleagues who provided their expertise and perspectives). He has been a research associate in Anthropology at the Museum since 2017.

His infectious disease training and MPH were at Harvard 1985-88 after medical residency at UCSF & San Francisco General Hospitals during the recognition of the AIDS pandemic 1982-85, and after Medical School and College at Dartmouth. He served as an Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases in San Antonio, Texas and at the National Institutes of Health, and as ID Chief at the 900-bed Washington Hospital Center in DC 1998-2002 during 9/11 and anthrax.

Selected Publications


Donaldson, Halsie, and Daniel R. Lucey. "Enhancing Preparation for Large Nipah Outbreaks Beyond Bangladesh: Preventing a Tragedy like Ebola in West Africa." International Journal of Infectious Disease (IJID. The journal of the International Society of Infectious Diseases) (2018).

Lucey, Daniel R. "Podcast on Global Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage." Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington. DC). Interviewer Steve Morrison. (invited commentary) (2018).

Carrino, Constance A., Daniel R. Lucey, and Marguerite Pappaioanou. "USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT2) Program Evaluation." (2018): 108.


Lucey, Daniel R, and Hannah Cummings. "Congenital Zika Syndrome in 2017." Jama Network (2017).

Lucey, Daniel R. "Much more must be done for Post-Ebola reforms." British Medical Journal (BMJ (2017).

Lucey, Daniel R, Sabrina Sholts, Halsie Donaldson, Joseph White, and Stephen R Mitchell. "One health education for future physicians in the pan-epidemic “Age of Humans”." International Journal of Infectious Diseases 64 (2017): 1-3.

Lucey, Daniel R, and Sabrina Scolts. "This Earth Day, the Planet’s Health is Your Health." Smithsonian Magazine (2017).

Lucey, David R, and Halsie Donaldson. "Yellow Fever Vaccine shortage, USA and Abroad: A Critical Issue." Annals of Internal Medicine (2017).


Lucey, Daniel, and Lawrence O Gostin. "A Yellow Fever Epidemic: A New Global Health Emergency?" JAMA (2016).

Lucey, Daniel R, and Lawrence O Gostin. "The Emerging Zika Pandemic - Enhancing Preparedness." JAMA doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0904 (2016).

Lucey, Daniel. "What is Past is Prologue: Lessons Learned from Combating Pan-Epidemics." United Nations Academic Impact (2016).

Lucey, Daniel. "Will Zika Virus and Microcephaly Epidemics Emerge After Ebola in West Africa? The Need for Prospective Studies Now." Health Security (2016).


Lucey, Daniel R. "MERS in Korea: Why This Outbreak Can Be Stopped Soon." Center for Strategic and International Studies (Korea Chair Platform) (2015).

Gostin, Lawrence O, and Daniel Lucey. "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome A Global Health Challenge." JAMA doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7646 (2015).


Phelan, Alexandra L, Lawrence O Gostin, and Daniel Lucey. "A United Nations Security Council Resolution is Essential to Preventing the Threat to International Peace and Security Posed by Ebola." The O’Neill Institue for National and Global Health Law Statement (2014).

Gostin, Lawrence O. , Daniel Lucey, and Alexandra Phelan. "The Ebola Epidemic: A Global Health Emergency." JAMA (2014).