Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00 EDT (UTC-04)
President: Lin Chen, United States of America
Lin H. Chen, MD, FACP, FASTMH, is the Director of the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She serves on the Professional Education and Training Committee of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and is an Associate Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for CISTM15 in Barcelona, Spain.
She has served in the past as chair of the ISTM course, member of the Research Committee, and a counselor on the ISTM Executive Board. She also serves on the Certificate Examination Committee of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and several editorial roles including the Journal of Travel Medicine, Current Infectious Disease Reports, Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and the book Infectious Diseases: A Geographic Guide. She served on past scientific program committees of International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Conferences of the ISTM. She is a collaborator/site director for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network, and Global Travel Epidemiology Network.
President-Elect: Peter A. Leggat, Australia
Peter A. Leggat, MD, PhD, DrPH, is Professor and co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University (JCU), Australia. Professor Leggat has a strong interest in health workforce development in public health and tropical medicine, but also in related areas such as aerospace and travel medicine, having founded the Australian postgraduate course in travel medicine in 1993. A medical and higher doctorate graduate from the University of Queensland, Australia, he has published more than 500 journal papers, more than 90 chapters and more than 30 books. He has consulted with or assisted as an external expert for various organisations, including the Australian Defence Force, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Australia), the Therapeutic Goods Authority (Australia), and the World Health Organization.
Professor Leggat has more than 30 years’ experience serving on professional organization and charitable boards. Current appointments include the ISTM; St John Ambulance Australia; The Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine; and The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM). He is also Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the ACTM; and Honorary Secretary of the Travel Health Advisory Group, Australia. He was formerly Director-General of the World Safety Organization, having served more than 20 years on the Board at various times between 1989 and 2018. He has been a member of the JCU Academic Board (Quality Portfolio) since 2018 and previously was a member of the JCU Council from 2005-2018. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1991.
ISTM service: Founding Member 1991; Certificate in Travel HealthTM, 2003; Fellow, 2016. Councilor, Executive Board 2003-05; Leadership Council 2010-12; Secretary Treasurer, 2013-2019; President-Elect, 2019-Present; ISTM Foundation, Secretary Treasurer, 2015-2019. Journal of Travel Medicine: Editorial Board 2000-12, Section Editor 2003-09; Deputy Editor-in-Chief 2009-11. Editor-in-Chief, ISTM NewsShare, 2010-12. ISTM Committees: Member, CTH® Examinations Committee 2001-05; Member, Nominations Committee 2002, 2003, 2008; Member, various RCISTM/CISTM Organizing/Scientific Committees 2002-11; Member, Professional Education Committee 2003-12; Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee 2011-12 (formerly Taskforce 2010-11). Interest Groups: Military Travel Interest Group, Council, 2018-Present. Executive Board Committees: Member, CISTM Oversight Committee, 2013-Present; and Finance Committee, 2013-Present.
A former Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Ambassador, Professor Leggat has received numerous national and international Fellowships and other accolades, including admission as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 and promotion to Commander of the Order of St John in 2016.
Immediate Past President: Leo Visser, The Netherlands
Leo Visser holds a position as professor and is head of the Department of Infectious Diseases (www.lumc.nl/vaccinaties) at the Leiden University Medical Centre in The Netherlands.
He studied medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and graduated in 1985. He continued his medical training and was board certified for internal medicine in 1990 at the same University. He was registered as an infectious diseases specialist at Leiden University Medical Centre in 1992 and obtained his PhD at the Leiden University in 1997. In 2014 he received a professorship in Infectious diseases and travel medicine at the Leiden University.
Leo Visser is involved in clinical care, research and teaching in infectious diseases, with the emphasis on vaccine-preventable and tropical diseases, travel medicine and global health. He is head of the travel clinic, which is a centre for reference on travel medicine and vaccination in The Netherlands. He holds a lectureship at the Dutch National School of Public and Occupational Health. He is deputy director of the post-graduate training in internal medicine and director of the postgraduate training for infectious diseases at the Leiden University Medical Centre.
Leo Visser is a member of the steering committee of TropNet (www.tropnet.eu). His current research activities involve vaccination responses in immunocompromized hosts, immuneresponse to yellow fever vaccine; immunogenicity and safety of intradermally administered vaccines, and malaria vaccine research in collaboration with the Universtiy of Nijmegen.
Counsellor: Rebecca Acosta, United States of America
Rebecca Wolfe Acosta, RN, MPH is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Traveler's Medical Service of New York, a comprehensive travel medicine practice with a diverse client population based in New York City (USA.) She provides care to thousands of travelers each year and is a recognized expert on the subject of best practices in travel health care. Rebecca serves as a consultant to major corporations and international organizations on travel health issues, travel health program development and emerging disease response, including Ebola and Zika.
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Rochester and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University. She is a longstanding member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and has contributed to a variety of society level activities for nearly two decades. Rebecca participated in the development of and co-chaired the Practice and Nursing Issues Committee of the ISTM for eight years, which has evolved into the current Nursing Professional Group (NPG.) She served as a member of the Examination Committee during the development of the first Certificate of Knowledge Exam in Travel Medicine and the Travel Medicine Review and Update Course. She received her Certificate of Knowledge (CTH) in 2003. Rebecca has been a contributing author for cornerstone publications in the field of Travel Medicine and Travelers’ Health including the US Centers’ for Disease Control (CDC) and is an invited speaker to professional and international conferences, including the CISTM. In addition to her professional career, Rebecca has traveled throughout her life and continues to share this passion with her husband and children.
Counsellor: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
Elizabeth Barnett is a pediatrician with a specialty in infectious diseases working in an urban hospital with a large international population. Her career focus has been in general pediatric infectious diseases, travel and topical medicine, immigrant medicine, vaccines and vaccine safety, and antimicrobial therapy and resistance. With colleagues in the adult infectious diseases group, she founded the Travel Clinic at Boston Medical Center in the early 1990s and the Refugee Health Assessment Program a few years later. Her research interests have included travel medicine - through the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN), a collaboration of 5 travel clinics in the Greater Boston Area – immigrant medicine, and vaccines, including participation in clinical trials of Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in children and oral cholera vaccine. Dr. Barnett has been Site Director for the Boston GeoSentinel site since the 1990s, contributing over 7000 records. Current academic and administrative activities include being the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director, a member of the BUSM Promotions Committee, and a member of the Leadership Group of GeoSentinel. Dr. Barnett has also been active in ISTM for over 20 years, including participation in the Migrant Interest Group, former Director/Co-Director of the ISTM Review Course, member and former Co-Chair of the Research Committee, and member of the Executive Board of ISTM (starting 2017).
Counsellor: Andrea Rossanese, Italy
Andrea Rossanese, born in Camposampiero (Padova, Italy) on 24 Dec 1969, got his Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1994 and his Specialization in Internal Medicine in 2000 at University of Padova. He then got a PhD in Clinical Pathophysiology at the same University, the Diploma in Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Scotland, UK, 2006) and the Certificate in Travel Health™, by International Society of Travel Medicine (2003). Since 2011 he has been a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of Glasgow.
Married to Chiara, they are growing two boys (Mattia, 4 yo, and Giacomo, 2 yo).
He loves trekking in the Dolomites, listening to music and reading mystery novels.
Counsellor: Jenny Visser, New Zealand
Jenny graduated from medical school (University of Otago, New Zealand) in 1986. She is vocationally trained in General Practice and is a Fellow of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
Following a special interest in travel medicine she is now Leader of Travel Medicine Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington. There she convenes and teaches the university’s qualifications in travel medicine enjoying the stimulation that teaching brings.
Her research interests include the travel health needs of long term expatriates and expedition medicine. She also works part time in clinical travel medicine at The Travel Doctor in Wellington where her clinical role includes being medical advisor to New Zealand Red Cross for overseas deployments.
Jenny has worked in many roles and places, including being a full time general practitioner in Wellington for 12 years, medical advisor to New Zealand Land Search and Rescue, medical officer on the research vessel RV Tangaroa (spending seven summers in Antarctica), a season as a volunteer doctor at a high altitude rescue post in Nepal, two months on set in a remote village in Bougainville as film crew doctor and expedition doctor on treks to Kilimanjaro, China and Fiji. When she is not working she is travelling (often by bike or trekking) either in New Zealand or overseas.
Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Jones, United Kingdom
Dr Mike Jones, MB, ChB, FRCP(Edin, Glasg & Lond), FFTM RCPS(Glasg) graduated from Aberdeen University in 1972, and after training in internal medicine, was appointed a UK Key Cadre Technical Aid Officer as a Specialist Physican at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania 1976-1982.
On return to the UK he co-founded HealthLink360 with his wife Elizabeth who became its first Director of Psychological Servces. Located near Edinburgh, this not-for-profit charity provides whole person health care for expatriates working with voluntary agencies throughout the developing world. He was Medical Director 1983-2006, volunteer Honorary Consultant until 2018 and is now a Consultant Advisor. He set up a thriving public access HL360 Travel Clinic in 2004.
He was a staff physician at the Edinburgh Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU) from 1983, Associate Specialist from 1989, Consultant from 2005 and founded the RIDU Travel Clinic in 1993. He had a strong interest in the management of HIV infection, managing his own patient cohort for nearly 30 years. Retiring in 2014 he continued in clinical practice at the Spire Hospital, Edinburgh and HealthLink360 until end 2018.
He has lectured widely on HIV, Infectious Diseases and tropical medicine, and internationally on Travel Medicine. He wrote a module for the Glasgow Diploma in Travel Medicine in 1998. In 2007 he was invited to chair the Faculty of Travel Medicine Examination Committee at RCPS Glasgow, became Vice Dean in 2009 and Dean 2012-15, where he encouraged international links, educational development, and enjoyed chairing an enthusiastic Board.
Mike was Editor of the quarterly developing world journal Tropical Doctor, 1995-2002, edited the vaccination and anti-malarial prophylaxis pages for the GP Newspaper Pulse from 1994 and was Associate Editor of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease 2015-18.
He joined the International Health Advisory Committee of the Mission Agency SIM, based in Charlotte, NC in 2001. From 2003-9 he made five visits to Zambia supporting the roll out of ART with the Lothian-Zambia HIV/AIDS Partnership. In 2014 he co-authored a report on developing Travel Medicine services for the Government of Oman, and helped orgnaise the first conference on Travel Medicine in the Arab world in Oman in 2015.
He was a founder member of ISTM in Atlanta in 1991 and has attended every CISTM since, presenting 34 posters and lectures over the years. He was Chair of the Psychological Health of Travellers Interest Group 2014-17 and became Secretary-Treasurer for the International Society of Travel Medicine in June 2019. He enjoys downhill skiing, cycling, golf, swimming and home maintenance.
Non-Voting Member of the Board
Executive Director: Diane L. Nickolson, United States of America
Joining the Secretariat in 2010, Diane brings more than 20 years of experience in professional societies to ISTM. She has worked with healthcare associations and international societies as both a manager and a consultant throughout her career. Highlights of her career includes more than fourteen years with the American Bar Association as a director in its continuing legal education department developing national continuing legal education courses and products. She served as Deputy Director to an international medical society, where she was responsible for strategic planning, financial budgeting and reporting, marketing and membership activities, development and sponsor relations, international congresses and regional meetings, operations, and its peer-reviewed journal and newsletter. Immediately prior to coming to ISTM, she served as Executive Director of a national optometric association, focusing on strategic planning, accreditation and certification programs, membership and marketing, as well as the typical functions relating to managing an association. Diane has managed staff teams ranging from three to more than 75 people.
Diane has lectured and published in the field of association management, and has been active in the association community through the years. She has lived in the Atlanta area since 2004, and takes pleasure from the temperate weather, nearby mountains and lakes. In her personal time, she appreciates spending time with Robert, their families, and of course Zeus, their beagle. She also enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, boating, and traveling to explore new cultures, experiences and cuisines.
Non-Voting Member of the Board
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Travel Medicine: Annelies Wilder-Smith, Switzerland
Annelies Wilder-Smith is Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (part-time), and Consultant at the Initiative for Vaccine Research at the World Health Organization, Geneva. She is in charge of dengue and Zika vaccine development at WHO. Furthermore, she is Scientific Coordinator of an international consortium called "ZikaPLAN" (zikaplan.tghn.org) funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. She coordinates 25 institutional global partners to address research gaps with regards to Zika virus infections. From 2011 to 2016, she led another EU funded research consortium "DengueTools" to investigate innovative tools for the surveillance and control of dengue.
A physician with expertise in travel and tropical medicine, she is the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and Past-President of the Asia Pacific Society of Travel Medicine. Her special research interests include vaccine preventable and emerging infectious diseases, in particular related to arboviral diseases. With a career spanning almost three decades, she has led and co-led various vaccine trials, published more than 260 scientific papers, edited and co-edited textbooks, and served on various scientific committees. Her awards include the Myrone Levine Vaccinology Prize, the Honor Award for exemplary leadership and coordination in determining and communicating global yellow fever risk, the Mercator Professorship award by the German Research Foundation and the Ashdown Oration Award by the Australian College of Travel Medicine.
Annelies' passion is global health. She frequently volunteers in community development work in South India, and serves in various NGOs. As previous Director of the Master Programme in International Health at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, she is still involved with the Alumni network and loves interacting with international students. As President of the ISTM, her vision was to "close the gap" in travel medicine by addressing the rapidly evolving needs in developing countries and emerging nations.
Editor-in-Chief, Travel Medicine News: Alexandra Grieve, United Kingdom
Sandra's background is in midwifery, in a university teaching and research professorial unit. She undertook general nursing and midwifery training in Scotland, completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine (Dip Trav Med) at Glasgow University and gained a First-Class Honours degree in Health Promotion and Education. She is a proud Scot now based in England. Her husband's career with HM forces and a Multi-National Company led to a mobile lifestyle within the UK and abroad. Her interest in Travel Medicine began in 1991 since when she has specialised in the field, and currently works in an educational and advisory role. She was an Associate Trainer (Yellow Fever) for The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) until the training moved online in 2013. She is a member of The British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA) and the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), previously co vice-chair of the ISTM Nurse Professional Group (NPG), current Publications Committee member and served on the scientific committee for CISTM15 and CISTM16. She was awarded FISTM in 2019.
Sandra has been an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) forums since 2000, holding office as Chair of the travel health forum (THF), and the public health forum (PHF) and member of Forum Governance Group (FGG). She edited the THF Newsletter for a decade until the forum merged into PHF. She is a Co-author of the RCN documents, Travel health nursing: career and competence development, 2007, 2012 and 2018 and contributed to the first resource on Female Genital Mutilation for those providing travel health services. With a membership in excess of 400,000 she is the RCN travel health lead and represents the RCN and PHF on travel health related issues nationally and internationally. Previously chair of the Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM) Steering Group, she is currently co-chair of NECTM8 and the RCN member of the Organising and Scientific Committee (SC). She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG), an accredited examiner for the Dip Trav Med and the Membership examination (MFTM) and was editor of the FTM magazine Emporiatrics until it moved online in 2019. She is an external examiner for the new Diploma in Travel Health (DipTH) jointly developed by NaTHNaC and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
Sandra has published numerous articles in nursing Journals and contributed to textbook chapters. She particularly enjoys writing, attending conferences, gathering and disseminating travel health information and forging links with nurses around the world.
Continuing Professional Development: Jeffery A. Goad, United States of America
Jeffery A. Goad, Pharm.D., MPH, Professor and Chair at Chapman University School of Pharmacy, is an expert in Travel Medicine, Immunizations, Epidemiology, and College Health.
Dr. Goad is a tenured Professor and the inaugural Chair of Pharmacy Practice in the Chapman University School of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the USC School of Pharmacy in 1994 and Masters of Public Health from the Keck School of Medicine at USC in 2003. He completed a residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and holds the Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Goad has maintained an active practice in Travel Health clinics and immunization services. He coordinates and teaches courses in travel medicine, immunizations, and parasitology. He is currently a national faculty and advisory board member for the American Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Based Immunization Training Program and Chair of the APhA Travel Medicine Advanced Competency Training Course. He has presented at over 200 pharmacy and medical conferences and published more than 50 articles and book chapters. Dr. Goad is the past Chair and co-founder of the International Society of Travel Medicine's Pharmacist Professional Group and past President for the California Immunization Coalition and California Pharmacists Association.
Digital Communications: Sarah McGuiness, Australia
Sarah McGuinness, MBBS, BMedSc, CTH, MPHTM, FRACP, FACTM, is a infectious diseases physician with interests in travel and tropical medicine, epidemiology and public health. She runs the Travel Medicine Clinic at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, is a Lecturer at Monash University, and is soon to finish her PhD.
Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. She chairs the ISTM Digital Communications Committee and also serves on the ISTM Research & Awards Committee and the editorial board of the Journal of Travel Medicine. She is an author/editor of the upcoming 4th edition of the Manual of Travel Medicine.
Sarah is a keen traveller, loves classical music, and enjoys taking latin dance classes with her husband Aaron.
Examination: Pierre Landry, Switzerland
Dr Pierre Landry qualified as a medical doctor in 1984 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He furthered then his training as a general practitioner for a few years. In 1989 he got a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Tropical Medicine before leaving for 4 years of clinical work in a rural mission hospital in Cameroon, with a wide range of clinical activities including surgery, medicine, paediatrics, setting up an eye clinic, and supervising the laboratory activities.
Back in Switzerland he completed his training in 1994 as a specialist in tropical and travel medicine (doing some research in traveller behaviour and in hepatitis A vaccine) and in 1997 as a specialist in internal medicine at the Lausanne University Policlinic.
Since 1997 Dr Pierre Landry is working full time in a private practice in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, as a physician in general medicine and as a specialist in tropical and travel medicine.
He has been working for shorter periods in Africa (Uganda 1983 and 1985, Burkina Faso 1996 and 1998, Mali 2006 and 2008), mainly teaching and training. Since 1997 he enjoys training Swiss GP's and nurses in travel medicine and vaccine issues in general.
He is and has been member of various Swiss committees (Swiss Society of Tropical and Travel Medicine 1997-2009, Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 2014-… , Swiss Federal Commission for Immunization 2008-… , Expert Committee for Travel Medicine 2008-…) Dr Pierre Landry is member of the ISTM Exam committee since 2004, recently elected chair.
Liaison: Robert Steffen, Switzerland
Robert Steffen, Emeritus Professor, is currently concentrating on research projects at the University of Zurich Centre for Travel Medicine, where until 2008 he was the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Diseases in the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Traveller's Health. Further, he is Adjunct Professor in the Epidemiology and Disease Prevention Division of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX and Honorary Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Steffen began systematically investigating illness and accidents in travellers in 1975. He organised the First International Conference on Travel Medicine in Zurich 1988 and became a co-founder and President of the International Society of Travel Medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Travel Medicine and has published more than 350 papers, book chapters, monographs - mainly in the field of travel health. For 12 years each, Dr. Steffen presided over the Swiss Influenza Pandemic Planning Committee and the Expert Committee for Travel Medicine; he was Vice-President of the Federal Commission on Vaccination and of the Swiss Bioterrorism Committee.
Dr. Steffen has held a number of critical roles in ISTM since its inception. He has served as President-Elect, President and Past-President, as well as chairing the Exam and Liaison Committees.
Professional Education: Sarah Kohl, United States of America
Sarah Kohl MD is a pediatrician and travel health specialist at Pediatric Alliance, in the greater Pittsburgh area. She attended Cornell University, Jefferson Medical College and completed her training at University of California, San Francisco. She is active in her community, an outdoor enthusiast, and an avid traveller. She is working through the ISTM Student Travel Abroad special interest group to improve research and communication between those who serve the student travel abroad community.
Publications: Gerard Flaherty, Ireland
Dr. Gerard Flaherty hails from a small town in the west of Ireland. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2000 with a first class honors degree and gold medals in each of the 8 final year subjects. As an undergraduate, Gerard gained an intercalated BSc degree in Anatomy and received numerous international academic distinctions. He gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2002 and Fellowship in 2011. He holds a Diploma in Travel Medicine from the RCPSG (Glasgow). He has completed 3 Masters degrees, including a Masters in International and Travel Health (Sheffield) and Masters in Medical Education (Dundee). His doctoral thesis from NUI Galway was based on his original research in travel medicine.
He is a Fellow, examiner, former board member and education convenor of the Faculty of Travel Medicine. He was also the recipient of the Cameron Lockie Prize for Travel Medicine. He is Immediate Past President and current Research Officer of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland, he was Chair of the Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine (NECTM) 2012 scientific committee which the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland hosted in Dublin, and Vice-Chair of the NECTM 2014 scientific committee in Norway. He also serves on the international scientific committee for the 2015 NECTM and 2016 RCISTM conferences in London and South Africa, respectively. He holds an Adjunct Professorship in Travel Medicine and International Health with the International Medical University in Malaysia. Gerard's research interests include high altitude medicine, travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, and education in travel health. He has 12 years of clinical experience in travel medicine.
Gerard's current academic position as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine and Medical Education at NUI Galway, and Director of Clinical Studies and International Affairs for the School of Medicine gives him responsibility for design, delivery and assessment of much of the undergraduate curriculum. He is also a Past Chair of the Curriculum Review Committee. He received a President's Award from NUI Galway for Teaching Excellence in 2008. He has been awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators (UK). He has over 100 publications and research presentations to date, including a textbook, and 3 textbook chapters. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease.
Gerard has worked with Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation for many years as a volunteer expedition physician on fundraising high altitude treks to Nepal and Kenya. He is currently their Honorary Academic Director and was instrumental in establishing the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology on whose Advisory Council he serves. In addition to acting as Founder and Programme Director for the MSc in Preventive Cardiology programme at NUI Galway, Gerard is responsible for the medical management and supervision of participants enrolled on the Croí MyAction preventive cardiology programme. In his leisure time Gerard travels, golfs, walks in forests, climbs mountains and bird-watches. He is currently enjoying a Diploma course in Avian Studies, having been awarded Certificates in Ornithology and in Bird Behaviour.
Research & Awards: Martin Grobusch, The Netherlands
Martin Peter Grobusch (MD, PhD, MSc, DTM&H, FRCP) obtained his medical degree from Bonn University, Germany, and completed his specializations in internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine in the UK and at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. Following a period of full-time tropical diseases research at the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, Martin was appointed Full Professor (Chair) of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2010, he moved back to Europe to take up the position as Chair of Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and Adjunct Member and Professor at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Martin's main research interests are epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, prophylaxis and therapy of malaria, HIV/tuberculosis (drug-resistant tuberculosis in particular) and co-infections, travel medicine and general infectious diseases topics as they arise from clinical practice. He has published widely in peer-review journals, serves on various editorial boards and is active member in several Tropical Medicine/Infectious Diseases Societies. In addition to the home base in Amsterdam, two research groups based in Lambarene/Gabon and Cape Town/South Africa facilitate linking Tropical Medicine/Infectious Diseases activities in the South with care for the outgoing and returning traveller in the North.
Special Recognitions: Charles D. Ericsson, United States of America
Dr. Ericsson graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1970. He did his medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and served two years in the US Air Force. He did his fellowship in infectious diseases with Herbert L. DuPont at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he remained on the faculty to this day. Dr. Ericsson has heavy clinical infectious diseases consultative and teaching duties. He has received several awards for his teaching and is presently the Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program at University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In addition, he is director of the University of Texas Travel Medicine Clinic. He is also currently involved in hospital infection control and antibiotic restriction programs. His research interests include travellers' diarrhea and travel medicine. He has journeyed each summer to Guadalajara Mexico to conduct clinical trials in travellers' diarrhea since 1975.
Dr. Ericsson is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Ericsson is a manuscript reviewer for more than 10 journals; founding editor of the Journal of Travel Medicine; and past Editor of the Travel Medicine Section, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2000-2009.
A member since the Atlanta meeting, Dr. Ericsson served on the ITSM Scientific Planning Committee for the ISTM meetings in Paris, France. He also was a member of the ISTM Long Range Planning, the Examinations and the Publications Committees and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Travel Medicine. Dr. Ericsson served as President of ISTM from 1999 through 2001.
Professional Group Chairs
Nursing: Heather Connor, Canada
I graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Upon graduating I worked in a hospital in a Cardiology/ Cardiac Care Unit for a couple of years before moving on to a job in community health.
My initial involvement with travel medicine/health was in preparing to work overseas on a medical project in Africa. I was part of a medical team that worked in the North Eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo participating in areas of community health, hospital care and teaching. During the one year spent in the D.R.C., I was struck by the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria.
Upon returning to Canada, my husband (family physician) and I established a travel health/medicine centre in our community of Cobourg, Ontario. I joined ISTM in 1999 and obtained the C.T.H. in 2007. Within a couple years I extended our services to include a mobile service which prepared groups of college and university students travelling abroad for education or volunteer work. I also established travel health services at a second location in Lindsay, Ontario.
Pharmacy: Derek Evans, United Kingdom
Derek Evans is a pharmacist who owns a private travel medicine consultancy. He is currently the Chair of the Professional Pharmacy Group of the ISTM, Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Member of RCPS (Glasgow) and adjunct Clinical Professor at KGI School of Pharmacy, California. His areas of interest are post exposure rabies treatment in primary care; water purification techniques and consultation models in travel health risk assessments.
Interest Group Chairs
Migrant and Refugee Health: Marissa Vive, The Netherlands
Military Travel: Olivier Aoun, France
Lieutenant Colonel Olivier AOUN, MD, MS is currently stationed at the 5th Armed Forces Medical Center, Strasbourg, France. After 18 years in Lebanon, he joined the French military medical academy of Bordeaux, France, in September 1998 then the Val de Grâce military medical academy in Paris in 2004. After completing his medical studies in Paris in August 2007, he then graduated from the Pharo Institute of Tropical Medicine in Marseille in November 2007 before being assigned as a Deputy Medical Officer in the 12th Armored Regiment, in Orléans from December 2007 to August 2011. He was then transferred to Colmar as the Senior Medical Officer of the 152th Infantry Regiment, where he served until August 2016, before moving to his current position in Strasbourg. Between 2009 and 2019, Olivier was deployed to the Balkans, Afghanistan, Mali, Mauritania and Lebanon.
As a military field physician, Olivier is specialized in deployment related health issues, military occupational medicine, and medical readiness of troops. As a consequence, his areas of interest also include infectious diseases and tropical medicine, vaccinology, toxinology, and combat casualty care. He was a site co-director for the Geosentinel network from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012, and has been a lecturer at the Sorbonne Medical College since 2019.
Olivier is a founding member and the current Chair of the military travel interest group of the International Society of Travel Medicine. He currently speaks French, English and Arabic fluently and he is an advanced beginner in Czech, Hungarian and Japanese.
Older Traveller: Joseph Torresi, Australia
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Pediatrics: Eyal Leshem, Israel
Eyal Leshem, MD, is an attending physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the National Center for Geographic Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer in Israel, a guest researcher at the viral gastroenteritis team, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and a consultant to the world Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Leshem is a lecturer in internal medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University. He has lead and co-authored over seventy articles and book chapters.
Dr. Leshem received his medical doctor degree from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Sheba Medical Center. His interest in tropical and travel medicine lead to him to work six months at the CIWEC clinic in Katmandu, Nepal. In 2014, he graduated from his training as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC. During his training he investigated multiple outbreaks including acute gastroenteritis, enterovirus D68, fungal meningitis and MERS CoV. Upon graduating from EIS, Dr. Leshem worked as a medical epidemiologist in the viral gastroenteritis team. His work focused on diarrheal diseases surveillance and rotavirus vaccine impact. Dr. Leshem continues to participate in viral gastroenteritis surveillance and evaluation projects in Haiti, Burkina Faso, Togo, Tajikistan and Israel. .
Psychological Health of Travellers: Tullia Marcolongo, Canada
Tullia Marcolongo is the Executive Director of IAMAT - International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers. With a focus on responsible travel, Tullia helps travellers plan a healthy trip. She has published guides on travel and mental health, travel health insurance, how to stay well abroad, and navigating medical care in another country. Tullia is the Chair of the Psychological Health of Travellers interest group of the International Society of Travel Medicine and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She holds a Certificate in Travel Health®.
Responsible Traveller: Patricia (Trish) Smith, Australia
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Student Travel Abroad: Julie Richards, United States of America
Bio Coming Soon.
Travel for Work: Michael Holzer, United States of America
Bio Coming Soon.