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Mosoka P. Fallah

National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia

Mosoka P. Fallah

Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA
Deputy Director General/Technical Services, National Public Health Institute of Liberia

Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA is a public health consultant and was recently made a Visiting Scientist in the Department of global health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has recently been appointed by the President of Liberia as Deputy Director for Technical Services in the newly established National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL). In that capacity, he provides supervision for the Divisions of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, Public health and medical Research, Public Health Diagnostics among others. He is the Principal Investigator for the largest Cohort study on Ebola Survivor in Liberia. During the Ebola crisis in Liberia he served as the Head of Case Detection in the Montserrado Incident Management System administering critical aspects of Liberia’s Ebola response. In this capacity he has been providing technical support to the Montserrado County Health Team since the inception of the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Fallah provides training for surveillance, contact tracing, case management, and community mobilization. He was instrumental in developing the training of trainers workshops for health workers across the national response. He has experience in international development work including serving as a consultant on a USAID-funded project with Indiana University and the Liberia Ministry of Health develop a program for the training of mid-level public health staff. Many of the students from his program led major Ebola response efforts throughout Liberia in surveillance and contact tracing.

He was recently asked by the World Health organization to serve as a co-lead of the PPE end user Technical Working Group. He served as a member of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, which includes Peter Piot, the co-Discoverer of Ebola, Chelsea Clinton and Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Fallah received his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2011); a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health (2012); a Master of Arts in Evaluation and Measurement from Kent State University (2006); and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology from the University of Liberia (2001). Dr. Fallah was a highlighted recipient of Time Magazine’s title of Person of the Year in 2014 as an Ebola Fighter.

Publications indexed in PubMed

  • Billioux BJ, Nath A, Stavale EJ, Dorbor J, Fallah MP, Sneller MC, Smith BR, Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) III Study Group. Cerebrospinal Fluid Examination in Survivors of Ebola Virus Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Sep 1;74(9):1141-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1460
  • Richardson ET, Fallah MP, Kelly JD, Barrie MB. The predicament of patients with suspected Ebola - Authors’ reply. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Jul;5(7):e660-1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30210-3
  • Furuse Y, Fallah M, Oshitani H, Kituyi L, Mahmoud N, Musa E, Gasasira A, Nyenswah T, Dahn B, Bawo L. Analysis of patient data from laboratories during the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia, April 2014 to March 2015. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Jul;11(7):e0005804. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005804
  • Wolfe CM, Hamblion EL, Schulte J, Williams P, Koryon A, Enders J, Sanor V, Wapoe Y, Kwayon D, Blackley DJ, Laney AS, Weston EJ, Dokubo EK, Davies-Wayne G, Wendland A, Daw VTS, Badini M, Clement P, Mahmoud N, Williams D, Gasasira A, Nyenswah TG, Fallah M. Ebola virus disease contact tracing activities, lessons learned and best practices during the Duport Road outbreak in Monrovia, Liberia, November 2015. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Jun;11(6):e0005597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005597
  • Skrip LA, Fallah MP, Gaffney SG, Yaari R, Yamin D, Huppert A, Bawo L, Nyenswah T, Galvani AP. Characterizing risk of Ebola transmission based on frequency and type of case-contact exposures. Philos Trans R Soc Lond, B, Biol Sci. 2017 May 26;372(1721). http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2016.0301
  • Dahn B, Fallah MP, Platts J, Moon S, Kimball AM. Getting pandemic prevention right. Lancet. 2017 Mar 25;389(10075):1189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30775-4
  • Richardson ET, Barrie MB, Nutt CT, Kelly JD, Frankfurter R, Fallah MP, Farmer PE. The Ebola suspect’s dilemma. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Mar;5(3):e254-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30041-4
  • Moon S, Leigh J, Woskie L, Checchi F, Dzau V, Fallah M, Fitzgerald G, Garrett L, Gostin L, Heymann DL, Katz R, Kickbusch I, Morrison JS, Piot P, Sands P, Sridhar D, Jha AK. Post-Ebola reforms: ample analysis, inadequate action. BMJ. 2017 Jan 23;356:j280.
  • Fallah MP, Skrip LA, Raftery P, Kullie M, Borbor W, Laney AS, Blackley DJ, Christie A, Dokubo EK, Lo TQ, Coulter S, Baller A, Vonhm BT, Bemah P, Lomax S, Yeiah A, Wapoe-Sackie Y, Mann J, Clement P, Davies-Wayne G, Hamblion E, Wolfe C, Williams D, Gasasira A, Kateh F, Nyenswah TG, Galvani AP. Bolstering Community Cooperation in Ebola Resurgence Protocols: Combining Field Blood Draw and Point-of-Care Diagnosis. PLoS Med. 2017 Jan;14(1):e1002227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002227
  • Pettitt J, Higgs E, Fallah M, Nason M, Stavale E, Marchand J, Reilly C, Jensen K, Dighero-Kemp B, Tuznik K, Logue J, Bolay F, Hensley L. Assessment and Optimization of the GeneXpert Diagnostic Platform for Detection of Ebola Virus RNA in Seminal Fluid. J Infect Dis. 2017 15;215(4):547-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiw599
  • Abramowitz S, McKune SL, Fallah M, Monger J, Tehoungue K, Omidian PA. The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia. J Health Commun. 2017;22(sup1):59-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2016.1209599
  • International Ebola Response Team, Agua-Agum J, Ariyarajah A, Aylward B, Bawo L, Bilivogui P, Blake IM, Brennan RJ, Cawthorne A, Cleary E, Clement P, Conteh R, Cori A, Dafae F, Dahl B, Dangou J-M, Diallo B, Donnelly CA, Dorigatti I, Dye C, Eckmanns T, Fallah M, Ferguson NM, Fiebig L, Fraser C, Garske T, Gonzalez L, Hamblion E, Hamid N, Hersey S, Hinsley W, Jambei A, Jombart T, Kargbo D, Keita S, Kinzer M, George FK, Godefroy B, Gutierrez G, Kannangarage N, Mills HL, Moller T, Meijers S, Mohamed Y, Morgan O, Nedjati-Gilani G, Newton E, Nouvellet P, Nyenswah T, Perea W, Perkins D, Riley S, Rodier G, Rondy M, Sagrado M, Savulescu C, Schafer IJ, Schumacher D, Seyler T, Shah A, Van Kerkhove MD, Wesseh CS, Yoti Z. Exposure Patterns Driving Ebola Transmission in West Africa: A Retrospective Observational Study. PLoS Med. 2016 Nov;13(11):e1002170. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002170
  • Fallah MP, Skrip LA, Dahn BT, Nyenswah TG, Flumo H, Glayweon M, Lorseh TL, Kaler SG, Higgs ES, Galvani AP. Pregnancy outcomes in Liberian women who conceived after recovery from Ebola virus disease. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Oct;4(10):e678-679. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30147-4
  • McLean KE, Abramowitz SA, Ball JD, Monger J, Tehoungue K, McKune SL, Fallah M, Omidian PA. Community-based reports of morbidity, mortality, and health-seeking behaviours in four Monrovia communities during the West African Ebola epidemic. Glob Public Health. 2016 Jul 27:1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1208262
  • Luginaah IN, Kangmennaang J, Fallah M, Dahn B, Kateh F, Nyenswah T. Timing and utilization of antenatal care services in Liberia: Understanding the pre-Ebola epidemic context. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Jul;160:75-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.05.019
  • Blackley DJ, Wiley MR, Ladner JT, Fallah M, Lo T, Gilbert ML, Gregory C, D’ambrozio J, Coulter S, Mate S, Balogun Z, Kugelman J, Nwachukwu W, Prieto K, Yeiah A, Amegashie F, Kearney B, Wisniewski M, Saindon J, Schroth G, Fakoli L, Diclaro JW, Kuhn JH, Hensley LE, Jahrling PB, Ströher U, Nichol ST, Massaquoi M, Kateh F, Clement P, Gasasira A, Bolay F, Monroe SS, Rambaut A, Sanchez-Lockhart M, Scott Laney A, Nyenswah T, Christie A, Palacios G. Reduced evolutionary rate in reemerged Ebola virus transmission chains. Sci Adv. 2016 Apr;2(4):e1600378. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1600378
  • Atkins KE, Pandey A, Wenzel NS, Skrip L, Yamin D, Nyenswah TG, Fallah M, Bawo L, Medlock J, Altice FL, Townsend J, Ndeffo-Mbah ML, Galvani AP. Retrospective Analysis of the 2014-2015 Ebola Epidemic in Liberia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Apr;94(4):833-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0328
  • Fallah M, Dahn B, Nyenswah TG, Massaquoi M, Skrip LA, Yamin D, Mbah MN, Joe N, Freeman S, Harris T, Benson Z, Galvani AP. Interrupting Ebola Transmission in Liberia Through Community-Based Initiatives. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Mar 1;164(5):367-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.7326/M15-1464
  • Nyenswah TG, Kateh F, Bawo L, Massaquoi M, Gbanyan M, Fallah M, Nagbe TK, Karsor KK, Wesseh CS, Sieh S, Gasasira A, Graaff P, Hensley L, Rosling H, Lo T, Pillai SK, Gupta N, Montgomery JM, Ransom RL, Williams D, Laney AS, Lindblade KA, Slutsker L, Telfer JL, Christie A, Mahoney F, De Cock KM. Ebola and Its Control in Liberia, 2014-2015. Emerging Infect Dis. 2016 Feb;22(2):169-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2202.151456
  • Rabelo I, Lee V, Fallah MP, Massaquoi M, Evlampidou I, Crestani R, Decroo T, Van den Bergh R, Severy N. Psychological Distress among Ebola Survivors Discharged from an Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia - A Qualitative Study. Front Public Health. 2016;4:142. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00142
  • Fallah MP, Skrip LA, Gertler S, Yamin D, Galvani AP. Quantifying Poverty as a Driver of Ebola Transmission. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Dec;9(12):e0004260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004260
  • Moon S, Sridhar D, Pate MA, Jha AK, Clinton C, Delaunay S, Edwin V, Fallah M, Fidler DP, Garrett L, Goosby E, Gostin LO, Heymann DL, Lee K, Leung GM, Morrison JS, Saavedra J, Tanner M, Leigh JA, Hawkins B, Woskie LR, Piot P. Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. The report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. Lancet. 2015 Nov 28;386(10009):2204-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00946-0
  • Bawo L, Fallah M, Kateh F, Nagbe T, Clement P, Gasasira A, Mahmoud N, Musa E, Lo TQ, Pillai SK, Seeman S, Sunshine BJ, Weidle PJ, Nyensweh T, Liberia Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, CDC Ebola Response Teams. Elimination of Ebola Virus Transmission in Liberia - September 3, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Sep 11;64(35):979-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6435a5
  • Fallah M, Skrip LA, d’Harcourt E, Galvani AP. Strategies to prevent future Ebola epidemics. Lancet. 2015 Jul 11;386(9989):131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61233-8
  • Wells C, Yamin D, Ndeffo-Mbah ML, Wenzel N, Gaffney SG, Townsend JP, Meyers LA, Fallah M, Nyenswah TG, Altice FL, Atkins KE, Galvani AP. Correction: Harnessing Case Isolation and Ring Vaccination to Control Ebola. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Jun;9(6):e0003888. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003888
  • Nyenswah T, Massaquoi M, Gbanya MZ, Fallah M, Amegashie F, Kenta A, Johnson KL, Yahya D, Badini M, Soro L, Pessoa-Silva CL, Roger I, Selvey L, VanderEnde K, Murphy M, Cooley LA, Olsen SJ, Christie A, Vertefeuille J, Navin T, McElroy P, Park BJ, Esswein E, Fagan R, Mahoney F, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Initiation of a ring approach to infection prevention and control at non-Ebola health care facilities - Liberia, January-February 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 May 15;64(18):505-8.
  • Nyenswah T, Fallah M, Sieh S, Kollie K, Badio M, Gray A, Dilah P, Shannon M, Duwor S, Ihekweazu C, Cordier-Lassalle T, Cordier-Lasalle T, Shinde SA, Hamblion E, Davies-Wayne G, Ratnesh M, Dye C, Yoder JS, McElroy P, Hoots B, Christie A, Vertefeuille J, Olsen SJ, Laney AS, Neal JJ, Yaemsiri S, Navin TR, Coulter S, Pordell P, Lo T, Kinkade C, Mahoney F, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Controlling the last known cluster of Ebola virus disease - Liberia, January-February 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 May 15;64(18):500-4.
  • Wells C, Yamin D, Ndeffo-Mbah ML, Wenzel N, Gaffney SG, Townsend JP, Meyers LA, Fallah M, Nyenswah TG, Altice FL, Atkins KE, Galvani AP. Harnessing case isolation and ring vaccination to control Ebola. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 May;9(5):e0003794. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003794
  • Abramowitz SA, McLean KE, McKune SL, Bardosh KL, Fallah M, Monger J, Tehoungue K, Omidian PA. Correction: Community-centered responses to Ebola in urban Liberia: the view from below. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 May;9(5):e0003767. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003767
  • Abramowitz SA, McLean KE, McKune SL, Bardosh KL, Fallah M, Monger J, Tehoungue K, Omidian PA. Community-centered responses to Ebola in urban Liberia: the view from below. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Apr;9(4):e0003706. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003706
  • Kutalek R, Wang S, Fallah M, Wesseh CS, Gilbert J. Ebola interventions: listen to communities. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Mar;3(3):e131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(15)70010-0
  • Yamin D, Gertler S, Ndeffo-Mbah ML, Skrip LA, Fallah M, Nyenswah TG, Altice FL, Galvani AP. Effect of Ebola progression on transmission and control in Liberia. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 6;162(1):11-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.7326/M14-2255
  • Fallah MP, Chelvarajan RL, Garvy BA, Bondada S. Role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase-Akt signaling pathway in the age-related cytokine dysregulation in splenic macrophages stimulated via TLR-2 or TLR-4 receptors. Mech Ageing Dev. 2011 Jul;132(6-7):274-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mad.2011.05.003