James M. Wilson V, MD is a Founder and Executive Vice President of AscelBio and Founder and Executive Director of Praecipio International. He is the Director of the Ascel Bio National Infectious Disease Forecast Center. He is also Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Operational Biosurveillance. AscelBio, a for-profit corporation, provides consulting services to its clients for infectious disease risk assessments. Praecipio International is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to enhance and improve international public health and security against biological threats by stimulating collaboration within and offering education to the international, multi-disciplinary humanitarian community.
Dr. Wilson received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, his medical doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and trained as a pediatrician at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is currently practicing pediatrics with an under-served community in the Western Slope of Colorado.
Dr. Wilson was the concept, development, and current operationalization lead for the new professional discipline of operational biosurveillance, which included the creation of the Wilson-Collmann and Wilson-Infectious Disease Impact Scales (IDIS). He led the creation of the Haiti Epidemic Advisory System (HEAS) following the 2010 earthquake and led multiple ground operations throughout the cholera disaster. The HEAS was the first operational instantiation of a comprehensive infectious disease forecasting center in the world. Dr. Wilson subsequently led the creation of the Ascel Bio SE Asia Regional Infectious Disease Forecast Station, which covers five countries with 30-60-90 forecasts for dozens of diseases. He then led the creation of the first National Weather Service-inspired infectious disease forecast station in US history, the Ascel Bio Black Canyon Forecast Station. The Station produced forecasts for over 70 diseases at the national and county-local level in the Western Slope of Colorado at 30 and 60 day pre-event intervals. Now the Station has evolved into the National Infectious Disease Forecast Center, providing operational forecasts for nearly 150 diseases.
Dr. Wilson was a Founder, Director, and the Chief Technical Officer / Chief Scientist of the Veratect Corporation in Seattle, Washington. He was the Founder and Principal Investigator of Project Argus, Chief of the Argus Research Operations Center, and Division Head of Integrated Biodefense at the Imaging Science and Information Systems Center, Georgetown University. He was the lead architect and Founder of the Biosurveillance Indication and Warning Analysis Community (BIWAC). He was a member of the Department of Homeland Security National Biosurveillance Integration System (NBIS) Concept Design Review team and the first Chief of Analytic Operations at the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC). He served as a senior advisor for biosurveillance on the National Library of Medicine’s Project Sentinel. Dr. Wilson has served as a Special Assistant to the Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (USAMRMC-TATRC), Ft. Detrick, Maryland; Visiting Scientist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center; consultant to NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS); and research team member of the World Health Organization Tai Forest Project on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.
Dr. Wilson has led multiple operations centers and trained nearly 150 analysts in the discipline of operational biosurveillance, having played key operational roles in the detection, warning, or forecast of nearly 250,000 infectious disease events, crises, and disasters in nearly every country of the world including Antarctica. Dr. Wilson played pivotal roles in the recognition and warning of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and recognition of the origins of cholera in Haiti.