Lorna Thorpe is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program at the City University of New York School of Public Health (CUNY SPH). Her current research areas include the epidemiology of chronic disease prevention and management and modernizing public health surveillance. She is co-principal investigator of the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease disparities through evaluation of community-clinical linkage initiatives, and co-principal investigator of a large citywide health examination survey (NYC HANES 2013) aiming to evaluate municipal health policies launched in the past decade, as well as the use of electronic health records for population health surveillance purposes. Dr Thorpe previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in charge of Epidemiology and also as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in international tuberculosis (TB) control. Dr. Thorpe completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, M.P.H. at University of Michigan, and B.A. at Johns Hopkins University. She has lived and worked internationally and has published widely on both chronic and infectious disease topics.