International Society of Travel Medicine
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Project Staff

Leadership Team


David Hamer
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Vanessa Field
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Philippe Gautret
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Kevin Kain
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Phyllis E. Kozarsky
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Karin Leder
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CDC Project Staff


Kristina Angelo
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Calvin Patimeteeporn
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Mark Sotir
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Administration


Elena Axelrod, MSc
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Jodi Metzgar
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Kayce Maisel
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Diane Nickolson
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Nancy Pietroski
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Publications Committee

Andrea Boggild, MD (Toronto, ON, Canada), Chair
Philippe Gautret, MD (Marseille, France)
Martin Grobusch, MD (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Stefan Hagmann, MD (Bronx-Lebanon, NY, USA)
Poh Lian Lim, MD (Singapore)

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Leadership Team

David Hamer, MD - Principal Investigator

Professor of Global Health and Medicine
Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine
Boston, MA, USA

David Hamer obtained a BA from Amherst College (majors in biology and French) and a MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. After an internal medicine residency at the Washington Hospital Center, he completed specialty training in infectious diseases in the Department of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. He is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Dr. Hamer spent nearly four years serving as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development in Lusaka, Zambia conducting community- and hospital-based research on maternal, newborn, and child health. Since June 2014, he has been the Principal Investigator of the ISTM GeoSentinel project. Dr. Hamer currently serves as the Director of the Travel Clinic and is a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. He is a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases, with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases. He has 25 years of field research experience in malaria, pneumonia, micronutrients, HIV/AIDS, and diarrheal diseases. During the last two decades, he has supervised and provided technical support to numerous studies in resource-limited countries that have evaluated interventions for improving neonatal survival and maternal health, treatment and prevention of malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia. He is currently participating in studies on maternal, newborn, and child health in South Africa and Zambia in addition to leading GeoSentinel. Dr. Hamer has published over 275 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, chapters, and editorials as well as 4 books.

Vanessa Field

Information coming.

Philippe Gautret, MD, PhD, DTM&H

Head, Infectious Disease Outpatient Department
Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection
Marseille, France

Dr. Philippe Gautret is a French tropical medicine physician specialized in travel medicine and Parasitology. He is currently the head of the Infectious Disease Out-Patient Department, of the Travel Clinic and of the Anti-Rabies Treatment Centre at the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection, in Marseille, France.

Dr. Gautret is also a French Army Reserve physician with the rank of Médecin en Chef (Lieutenant-Colonel) serving at the Center for Epidemiology and Surveillance for the French Army (CESPA) in Marseille.  He is also the Site Director of ISTM’s GeoSentinel site in Marseille (MRS), as well as the current Project Director of GeoSentinel’s European Subnetwork, EuroTravNet, in addition to being a member of the World Health Organization’s Virtual Interdisciplinary Advisory Group on Mass Gatherings.

Dr. Gautret’s research activity takes place at the Vectors, Tropical and Mediterranean Infections (VITROME) research unit, Aix Marseille University, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille. His research interests focus on travel-associated disease and emerging infectious diseases with a special interest in mass gathering medicine. He has co-authored more than 200 publications in the international literature and book chapters, and has published major studies and reviews in the field of travel and mass gathering medicine. He has been reviewer for the major journals of infectious diseases, and is currently Associate Editor of Travel medicine and Infectious Disease.

Kevin C. Kain, MD, FRCP

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Director, SAR Laboratories, Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health
Science Director, Tropical Disease Unit at UHN-Toronto General Hospital
Holds a Canada Research Chair

Dr. Kain's research efforts are focused on new diagnostics and interventions for global infectious disease threats particularly as they pertain to women, children, migrants and travellers. The labs efforts are also focused on global equity, knowledge sharing including the transfer of appropriate technologies and the training of research scientists in LMICs, enabling and empowering them to address global health problems in a sustainable fashion. Dr. Kain is the recipient of the C. Woolf Award for the Excellence in Teaching from the University of Toronto, a Career Scientist Award from the Ministry of Health, the Bailey Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine, awarded for "Distinguished work in tropical medicine", and the SL Medal (from Mahidol University, Thailand) for "Outstanding Achievements and International Leadership in Malaria Research". Dr Kain was profiled by TIME magazine as one of "Canada's Best in Medicine". He has also received the: Pfizer Visiting Professorship, University of Washington; Fred Barrett Lectureship, University of Tennessee; Distinguished Global Health Service Award, University of California; The Henry Wong Lectureship In Medicine, MacMaster University; Tom Marrie Lectureship, University of Alberta; Forbes Lectureship, University of Melbourne. He has over 325 peer-reviewed publications.

Phyllis E. Kozarsky, MD - Special Advisor

Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Expert Consultant CDC/NCPDCID/DGMQ/Travelers' Health Branch
Atlanta, GA, USA

Phyllis Kozarsky, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Emory University. She started Emory’s travel and tropical disease clinic in 1988 and began working as a consultant to CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)  shortly thereafter as the chief of travelers’ health. She remains a consultant to CDC’s DGMQ in travelers’ health and is the chief medical editor of CDC’s Health Information for International Travel, also known as the "Yellow Book."

Dr. Kozarsky is also a consultant to many organizations including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, CNN, and Habitat for Humanity International. She received her bachelor's degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, and is an active member many professional societies including the International Society of Travel Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her current research efforts have primarily focused on issues in clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health,  including the epidemiology of travel-related infections.

Karin Leder, MD, MPH, PhD

Chair, Data Collection Working Group
Head, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit
School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

Professor Karin Leder is a specialist infectious disease physician in Melbourne, Australia  (MBBS, FRACP, PhD, MPH, DTMH) who currently holds the positions of i) Head of the Infectious Disease Unit in the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and ii) Director of Travel Medicine and Immigrant Health Services at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her main clinical expertise is in imported infections, and her three primary areas of research interest are:

  1. Infections acquired overseas among travellers and immigrants.
  2. Health and water, particularly the burden of waterborne disease.
  3. Epidemiology and prevention of community-acquired and nosocomial infections.

Karin has published over 170 research publications/reports and book chapters, many of which focus on travel medicine and parasitic infections. Karin is a past Executive Board member of  ISTM, has served on the Scientific Committee of many CISTMs, and is immediate past president of the Asia Pacific Travel Health Society. She is also a member of the leadership team as well as the Melbourne site director for GeoSentinel. Sheis on the Editorial Board of the JTM and TMAID, and is Editor for the Travel Medicine section of UpToDate.

CDC Project Staff

Kristina Angelo, DO, MPH&TM

Medical Epidemiologist
CDC/OID/NCEZID/Traveler's Health Branch
Atlanta, GA, USA

Keun Lee, MSPH

ORISE Fellow, Surveillance & Epidemiology Team
CDC/NCEZID/DGMQ/Travelers' Health Branch
Atlanta, GA, USA

Calvin Patimeteeporn, MSPH

ORISE Fellow, Surveillance & Epidemiology Team
CDC/NCEZID/DGMQ/Travelers' Health Branch
Atlanta, GA, USA

Mark Sotir, PhD, MPH

Lead, Surveillance and Epidemology Team
CDC/NCEZID/DGMQ/Travelers' Health Branch
Atlanta, GA, USA

Administration

Elena Axelrod, MSc

ISTM Data and Finance Manager
International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Dunwoody, GA, USA

Jodi Metzgar

ISTM Deputy Director
International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Dunwoody, GA, USA

Kayce Maisel

ISTM Project Coordinator
International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Dunwoody, GA, USA

Diane Nickolson

ISTM Executive Director
International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Dunwoody, GA, USA

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD

ISTM GeoSentinel Data Analyst
International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
Dunwoody, GA, USA