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Karin Hoelzer, DVM, Ph.D

Director, Maximus Public Health

Dr. Hoelzer recently joined Maximus to help government clients meet the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. She brings over fifteen years of experience working on infectious disease prevention, surveillance, and control. She is also a veterinarian and microbiologist with expertise in health policy and communication.

Dr. Hoelzer most recently worked as Senior Officer for Health Programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she researched and advocated for improvements to public health policy. She worked closely with federal, state and local partners, non-profit organizations, and private industry, to strengthen public health surveillance, slow the emergence of antibiotic resistance, and reduce the risk of foodborne outbreaks.

Prior to joining Pew, Dr. Hoelzer served as ORISE fellow for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this role, Dr. Hoelzer served as subject matter expert on risk analysis and foodborne illness prevention. Before that, Dr. Hoelzer spent five years at Cornell University where she studied the emergence and spread of influenza and other novel and established infectious diseases.

Dr. Hoelzer holds a Philosophical Doctor (Ph.D.) in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with concentrations in Epidemiology and Biometry from Cornell University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. She serves as the Executive Director for the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association, and as Scientific Editor for Elsevier.