Planning Committees – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Every year, a group of dedicated professionals volunteer to develop the agenda and content of the pre-conference workshops and conference. The 2016 ISDS Scientific Program Committee and 2016 Pre-Conference Program Committee are diverse groups of individuals working in various sectors and disciplines. ISDS thanks our commitee members who volunter their time and talent to the success of our annual conference.

Two committees are convened, one to develop the in-depth full-day workshops curricula in the Pre-Conference Workshops. Another, to develop the program for the main conference, the keynote speakers and selection of submitted abstracts. The commitee Chairs are listed on this page. The full committees with bios are here:


Brian Dixon, Chair

Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS, is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and a Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Dixon’s research focuses on applying informatics methods and tools to improve population health in clinical as well as public health organizations. His work leverages clinical and administrative data in electronic health records to improve population outcomes, better understand threats to public health as well as care delivery processes, examine public health business processes, and make population surveillance more efficient. Dr. Dixon’s research also involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of information infrastructures as well as data quality in support of continuous use of electronic data. As a faculty at the IU FSPH, Dr. Dixon teaches courses on informatics as well as health information exchange to future leaders in clinical and public health.

Additional information on Dr. Dixon and a list of his publications can be found at:


David Swenson, M Ed

Mr. Swenson is the NH Syndromic Surveillance Project Manager for the state-wide, near real-time Syndromic Surveillance system and the NH point of contact for the NSSP.

Working with Scientific Technology Corporation and the NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control staff, he developed and maintains this system working with external vendors and internal Department of Information Technology staff. He has been in Public Health for 12 years and during that time helped develop the Final Recommendation: Core Processes and EHR Requirement for Public Health Syndromic Surveillance. He has onboarded all NH hospitals to meet Meaningful Use; been very active in the ICD-10-CM transition participating in the ISDS Community of Practice ICD10 Coding Transition Workgroup to develop the Master Mapping Reference Table or MMRT; and earned a Public Health Informatics Certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago.