Dr. Paolino attended the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and was trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, becoming board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He then spent over 5 years working as a clinician researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he served as Chief of the Clinical Trials Center (CTC), overseeing over 24 clinical trials to include the first site to vaccinate a patient with the current leading ebola vaccine, as well as several other leading vaccine candidates against tropical disease treats. He is currently part of the infectious disease faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University, faculty mentor for the University’s Resident Research Council and Director of Clinical Research at the Upstate Institute for Global Health and Translational Sciences. He has developed a clinical and research interest in Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
Countermeasures Against the Degradation of Warfighter Capabilities due to Infectious Disease Threats
This State of the Art Report (SOAR) explores the impact of infectious disease on military personnel, providing both an historical and ongoing risk profile of the various infectious diseases that put the warfighter at risk. It includes a look at the historical impact of infectious diseases on past conflicts before going on to detail current and future infectious disease risks, their impact on the warfighter, and challenges in prevention or treatment, and concludes with a quick-look summary of state of the art developments and recommended countermeasures to aid leaders during training and planning.
This two-part series and associated state of the art report discuss infectious diseases from the viewpoint of the military warfighter. Infectious diseases are disorders caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites that can be passed by human-to-human contact, by insects or other animals, or by contaminated surfaces, food, or water. By its very nature, warfare lends itself to the spread of such disease, and contagions have had an impact on every conflict.