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Meet Dr. Pranav Shetty, a Guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union

Dr. Pranav Shetty is a physician who deployed to Liberia to lend an experienced hand in the international fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Dr. Pranav Shetty is joining the First Lady as a guest at the 2015 State of the Union Address on January 20. Watch it live at 9 p.m. Eastern at

Pranav Shetty

The world is witnessing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Thousands of people in West Africa are perishing from this terrible disease, and America is leading the international response on the front lines in West Africa.

Thousands of American military, civilian, and health personnel have deployed to the center of the epidemic to lend a hand in the fight. Dr. Pranav Shetty is one of those health care workers.

In August of last year, Pranav deployed to Liberia to establish and oversee two Ebola treatment units, teams of rapid responders that deploy to Ebola hot spots, and a training center for local and international health care workers now working in the heart of the Ebola response effort.

Pranav is the Global Emergency Health Coordinator for the International Medical Corps, a critical partner in the American-led fight against Ebola in West Africa. His experience in public health emergencies is invaluable, having responded to crises in Haiti, Libya, South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, and the Philippines. He joins the First Lady as a representative of the thousands of health care workers who were collectively named TIME's person of the year in 2014. 

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