Neil Vora

Neil Vora, MD, is the Senior Advisor on One Health at Conservation International. He served for nearly a decade with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and a Commander in the US Public Health Service. Neil deployed for CDC to Liberia in 2014 and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019 to assist in the responses to the two largest Ebola outbreaks ever. He also led the investigation of a newly discovered smallpox-like virus in the country of Georgia in 2013. In 2020, Neil was asked by New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio to develop and lead NYC’s COVID-19 contact tracing program, through which he oversaw a team of over 3,000 people that traced more than 700,000 affected New Yorkers. He has published more than 80 articles in leading outlets such as the New York TimesNatureNew England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet. In 2023, he delivered a TED talk on how stopping deforestation is a critical intervention for preventing pandemics and mitigating climate change. He is an Associate Editor at CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Columbia University, and a Presidential Leadership Scholar. He still sees patients in a public tuberculosis clinic in New York City. Outside of work, Neil loves to spend time with his rescue pets and to train in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Dr. Vora was appointed by the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy. His term expires on December 31, 2026.