Advisory Committee Members

The Houston Wastewater Epidemiology Advisory Committee is comprised of infectious disease and public health specialists who provide guidance in evaluating cutting-edge techniques for enhancing our wastewater surveillance.

The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the crucial role of infection prevention and control programs and practices, and the critical need to identify potential outbreaks early on. The Houston Wastewater Epidemiology Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations about broad, cross-cutting issues related to infectious disease wastewater surveillance, and evaluates the strategic, scientific, and medical impacts of our activities. The committee’s council will assist in linking disease surveillance data with evidence-based interventions to proactively improve public health, prevention and control.

Co-Chairs, Wastewater Advisory Committee

David Persse
David Persse, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

Chief Medical Officer, City of Houston; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department Of Emergency Medicine;
EMS Physician Director, Houston Fire Department; Public Health Authority, City Of Houston;
Tactical Physician, Houston Police Department SWAT Team

Edward Septimus, MD
Edward Septimus, MD

Infectious Diseases Memorial Hermann
Senior Lecturer Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine