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City’s Epidemiologist Honored for Going Above and Beyond

Dr. Matt Feaster earns Abbey Award for his work battling coronavirus

Published on Monday, November 9, 2020 | 1:49 pm

Dr. Matt Feaster, lead epidemiologist with the Pasadena Health Department, has been recognized for his contributions to the battle against COVID-19 pandemic by the California Association of Communicable Disease Controllers (CACDC).

During its annual meeting on Nov. 6, Feaster was lauded for his exceptional contributions made to the efforts of disease control and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic, garnering the Abbey Award (or the ABove and BEYond Award). 

Feaster has served on the executive committee of the CACDC for more than three years. He has been with the city Health Department since 2009.

Over the past 10 years, Feaster has been responsible for program evaluation, health assessment, and community health planning for the city’s Health Department. He has published papers on establishing a medical home for those experiencing homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS, and occupational epidemiology, specifically the association of work stress with hypertension. 

In addition, Feaster has led communicable disease control and outbreak investigations in response to several large-scale outbreaks and pandemics including the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the 2013-14 California measles outbreak, the 2016-18 hepatitis A outbreak, and monitoring of travelers from ebola-affected regions. 

Feaster earned a bachelor of science degree in bioengineering from UC San Diego, a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology and biostatistics from USC, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from UCLA.

“This is an additional affirmation of the exceptional team we are fortunate to have here in Pasadena, with individuals such as Dr. Feaster committed to serving our community,” said Dr. Ying Ying Goh, director of the city’s Health Department.  

The CACDC is composed of representatives from each of the 61 local health jurisdictions in California, including epidemiologists, public health nurses, health officers and other disease controllers, as well as representatives from the California Department of Public Health.

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