Covid-19 Panel

February 21, 2021



Speaker Biographies

Steve Chamow

Dr. Chamow is a drug development scientist (PhD biochemistry, UC Davis, post doc NIH) working to assist companies who have discovered new untested medicines to manufacture and file for approval from FDA to test them in patients.  He leads a consulting company of technical subject matter experts who know all aspects of drug manufacture.  They have two client companies developing new COVID therapies, though not vaccines.

Dr. Chamow has given several public talks over the past 8 months on drug development for COVID, both therapeutics (mAbs) and vaccines.

Grace Hassid

Dr. Hassid is the the Infection Control Officer for the County of San Mateo and oversees the San Mateo Medical Center our essential single public hospital and 7 clinics throughout the county. As an I.D. doc trained at UCSF she has lead the fight since Feb 27th, 2020 to give guidance for PPE, infection control practices and treatment for patients with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Since December Dr. Hassid has been leading the vaccination campaign to get everyone on the San Mateo Medical Center staff staff and that of their associated nursing homes in San Mateo and Burlingame SNF vaccinated. They partner with SMC Public Health on many levels and coordinate and work with them to support their vaccination efforts as well to include community medical staff with emphasis now on most vulnerable patients and front line workers.

Irene Moff

Dr. Moff has been a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente since 2002. She attended college at Duke University, where, in addition to being an avid basketball fan, she received degrees in Biology and Mathematics (and met her future husband, an adult gastroenterologist at Kaiser Permanente).  After college, she spent one year on a Fulbright Scholarship at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She returned to Duke University for medical school where she graduated in 1999 and then moved to Baltimore for her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She stayed there for an extra year to serve as Chief Resident in pediatrics. In that role, she was involved in the training and supervision of over 75 pediatric residents.

Dr. Moff is a volunteer extraordinaire who serves on the medical teams at PSC, Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and Ramah Galim among others, and is PSC’s Past President.