Scott P. Layne, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Scott P. Layne, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Infectious Disease Medicine

SCOTT P. LAYNE, MD FACP FIDSA is a physician-scientist known for interdisciplinary work in epidemiologic analysis, applied virology, large-scale laboratory technologies and biological security policy. He is Professor at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, Professor Emeritus at the UCLA School of Public Health, and former Staff Member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

From 2005 to 2010, in a joint venture with UCLA and LANL, Dr. Layne designed and oversaw the creation of an automated high-throughput laboratory facility for analyzing numerous infectious disease samples. Its goal was to enable worldwide situational awareness on outbreaks and pandemics. During this time, he served as Principal Investigator of the NIAID/NIH Center of Excellence for Rapid Influenza Surveillance and Response, which conducted national and international studies of animal and human-derived influenza strains.

In 1988, Dr. Layne organized the workshop A National Effort to Model AIDS Epidemiology for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 1999, he organized the meeting Automation in Thread Reduction and Infectious Diseases Research under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a member of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee as authorized by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-21.

Dr. Layne has over 50 publications, including two books and six patents. Some of these publications have appeared in PNAS, Nature and Science. He is an editor of Firepower in the Lab (National Academy Press, 2001) and Jane’s Chem-Bio Handbook (2nd and 3rd editions).

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from DePauw University in 1976, Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University in 1980, and trained in applied physics at Stanford University in 1986 to 1987. He earned board certifications in internal medicine and infectious diseases with a fellowship in adult infectious diseases. Currently, Dr. Layne practices adult infectious diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Pandemic-Related Activities

In March 2020, Dr. Layne authored a forward looking editorial in Science Translational Medicine on much-needed pandemic responses that remain relevant to this day. Around this time, he joined the Pandefense Advisory team, which guided preparedness plans for public and private institutions. In August 2020, he assisted the democratic candidate for North Dakota Governor (Dr. Shelley Lenz) by developing her COVID-19 Crisis Management Plan. Of note, President-Elect Biden endorsed Dr Lenz for the Governor’s race. Throughout 2020 pandemic, as a practicing physician in west Los Angeles, Dr. Layne has cared for several hundred patients who were hospitalized with serious SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 illnesses.

Editorial: Science Translational Medicine Editorial

Pandefense Team

Lenz-Vig COVID-19 Crisis Management Plan

Wuhan Coronavirus Preparedness: White Paper – January 22, 2020

Firepower in the Lab: National Academy Press – 2001

Opinion: New York Daily News – December 15, 2020