Daniel Lucey is an infectious disease/public health physician and a research associate in Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He has worked on the frontlines of emerging viral pan-epidemics starting with AIDS in San Francisco (UCSF) 1982-85, avian influenza since 2004 in China, Indonesia, and Egypt, Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014, and Zika in Brazil and Yellow Fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016. Lucey has also worked at the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, and Georgetown University and is a proponent of One Health and Planetary Health.
We are now living in a highly connected world. Human health threats anywhere can have impacts everywhere. However, we can only be as healthy as the global ecosystem in which we live and on which we depend. This is the main message of Planetary Health--an evolving discipline of enormous scope, where human health is inseparable from the state of Earth systems.