Dr. Celine Gounder
Dr. Celine Gounder
Changing the way we think about health
Dr. Celine Gounder - one of PEOPLE's 25 Women Changing the World

Dr. Celine Gounder

is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist and filmmaker.

Dr. Gounder is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University. She’s currently on an "ill-health tour" of the US, caring for patients in disease hotspots throughout the country... everywhere from NYC's Bellevue Hospital to Indian reservations to Appalachia.

Dr. Gounder is the CEO/President/Founder of Just Human Productions, a non-profit multimedia organization. She’s also the host and producer of In Sickness and in Health, a podcast on health and social justice.

She's written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Guardian USThe Washington PostReutersQuartzSports Illustrated and Bloomberg View. She’s a frequent expert guest on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBS, BBC, MTV and Oprah Prime. She’s best known for her print and TV coverage of the Ebola, Zika and opioid abuse epidemics.

In early 2015, Dr. Gounder spent two months volunteering as an Ebola aid worker in Guinea. In her free time, she interviewed locals to understand how the crisis was affecting them. She is currently making Dying to Talk, a feature-length documentary about the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

Dr. Gounder is also a consultant for TEDMED and on TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Between 1998 and 2012, she studied TB and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia and Brazil. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gounder was the Director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic. She later served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Gounder was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. She was elected a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2016 and featured in the IDSA’s 2017 Annual Report. In 2017, People Magazine named her one of 25 Women Changing the World.

Dr. Gounder lives with her husband Grant Wahl in New York City.




PODCAST: In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health is a podcast about health and social justice. Season 1 covered youth and mental health; Season 2, the opioid overdose epidemic; and Season 3, gun violence in America. Season 4 will focus on indigenous health.


Dr. Gounder has been interviewed about her work on Voice of America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, APM's Marketplace,  Wisconsin Public Radio and Bloomberg Radio.


DOCUMENTARY: Dying to Talk

Dying to Talk is a feature-length documentary about the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. In the film, Dr. Gounder shows us how a lack of empathy on the part of the media, the government and Ebola aid workers created a parallel epidemic of mistrust, cynicism and conspiracy theories. She tells us that caring about the rest of humanity is synonymous with saving ourselves.

  • Support the making of this film at GoFundMe.

Watch Dr. Celine Gounder on TV


Dr. Gounder frequently appears on TV news to talk about health and medicine. She's been on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera America, CBSN, BBC, MTV and Oprah Prime.


To contact me for speaking engagements, you may submit a request via this form, or you may contact Brenda Kane or Jonathan Braverman at American Speakers Bureau.

Please note that I no longer see patients in clinic. I only see hospitalized patients. I do not take patient appointments.

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