Paul R. Cieslak, MD

Oregon Public Health Division
Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology
800 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR
USA 97230
Email: paul.r.cieslak@state.or.us

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Paul Cieslak earned both his bachelor and medical degrees at The Ohio State University, finishing the latter in 1986. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, with his research focused on amebiasis. From 1992Ė1994 he worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. While there, he investigated outbreaks of E. coli O157 infection, salmonellosis, shigellosis, cholera, and botulism; and he also researched the association between reptiles and infection with certain serotypes of Salmonella. To learn something about public health at the state level, Dr. Cieslak came to Oregon as a CDC preventive medicine resident in 1994. Afterwards, he stayed on to direct the State Public Health Divisionís communicable disease epidemiology section and Oregonís Emerging Infections Program. He has published articles on amebiasis, E. coli O157 infection, vancomycin use, Clostridium difficile infection, severe Group A strep infections, shigellosis, chickenpox, hepatitis C, and pertussis.