Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00 EDT (UTC-04)
President: Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith is Full Professor with Tenure for Infectious Diseases Research at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University. Her current research interests are vaccine preventable diseases and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on dengue, meningococcal disease, and influenza. Her general interests and expertise include travel and tropical medicine as well as vaccinology. In addition to epidemiological studies, she has led or co-led various clinical trials, in particular vaccine trials for the development of dengue and influenza vaccines. Currently, she is the Lead Principal Investigator and Coordinator of a large international research consortium, called DengueTools, funded with 5.6 million Euro by the European Commission (www.denguetools.net). DengueTools has set out to develop novel strategies and tools for the surveillance and control of dengue. In 2015, Annelies Wilder-Smith was appointed Senior Advisor to the "Dengue Vaccine Initiative" (www.denguevacinnes.org).
She has published more than 170 scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal and Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal. In addition to multiple book chapters, she co-edited the book "Manual of Travel Medicine & Health" (Steffen/DuPont/Wilder-Smith, 2003 and 2007, B.C. Decker Inc) and "Travel Medicine: tales behind the science" (Wilder-Smith, Schwartz, Shaw; Elsevier, 2007) and authored the book "How to take a medical history in Chinese" (Armour Publishing ISBN 981-4045-29-2).
Annelies Wilder-Smith Past-President of the Asia Pacific Society of Travel Medicine, and was Chair of the Regional Conference of the ISTM in Singapore 2012 (www.apthc2012.org). Since 2006, she has served as co-editor of the annual revisions of WHO’s "International Travel and Health" (the "Green Book"), contributed to the WHO working group on yellow fever risk assessment, and serves on the WHO roster for the International Health Regulations Secretariat. In Singapore, she serves on various national committees, and was elected to Senator of the Academic Council, and serves on LKC PhD task force.
Professor Wilder Smith obtained her MD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1987, her Master in International Health from Curtin University in Australia, and her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2003. The topic of her PhD was on "W135 meningococcal disease in Hajj pilgrims". Over the past 15 years she has developed and taught courses in global health, communicable diseases and travel medicine both in Singapore and beyond. She worked and lived in the Asia Pacific region for more than 18 years (China, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and since 1998 in Singapore). From 2011-2012, she was the Director of Master Programme in International Health at the Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her awards include the Myrone Levine Vaccinology Prize, the Honor Award for exemplary leadership and coordination in determining and communicating global yellow fever risk (National Centre for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases, presented at the CDC Award Ceremony), Ashdown Oration, the Brocher Foundation Award, and awards for best oral presentations at scientific conferences.
Professor Wilder-Smith holds a guest professorship at the University of Umea, Sweden, and is adjunct professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Travel Medicine, is Advisor to GeoSentinel, Editorial Consultant to the Lancet, and also serves as volunteer consultant to various community development projects in Asia. Her vision is to build up global health teaching and research programmes in Singapore and beyond.
Immediate Past President: David R. Shlim, United States of America
Dr. Shlim has served as Medical Director at the Jackson Hole Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic since 1998. Born in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Shlim received his M.D. in 1976 from Rush Medical College. He served his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Shlim worked in family practice and emergency medicine from 1977 through 1983. He served three volunteer seasons at the Himalayan Rescue Association aid post at Pheriche, Nepal in 1979, 1980, and 1982 and was the Medical Director of the CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal from 1983 to 1998.
Dr. Shlim was the Course Chairman for Medicine for Adventure Travel (a travel medicine course in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) from 1993 to 2006. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Clinical Group of the ASTMH from 2001-2003. Dr. Shlim's ISTM roles have included serving on the scientific program committee, the exam committee, the publications committee and has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Travel Medicine since its inaugural issue. Dr. Shlim also served as a Counsellor on the ISTM Board of Directors as a Counsellor from 2007 to 2011, followed by President-Elect from 2011-2013.
Dr. Shlim has published more than 40 original articles on travel medicine issues. He is the co-author of Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers, which is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Catalonian. He is currently Medical Editor of the CDC's Health Information for International Travel.
President-Elect: 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: 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.
Counsellor: David Hamer, United States of America
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 recently returned to Boston, MA, USA after having 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. 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, who has twenty years of field research experience in micronutrients, malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases. During the last decade he has supervised and provided technical support to more than 50 studies in developing countries that evaluated interventions for the improving neonatal survival, treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS, micronutrient deficiencies, diarrheal disease, and pneumonia. He is overseeing multiple studies on maternal, newborn, and child health in Uganda, Zambia, and Ecuador.
Counsellor: Marc Mendelson, South Africa
Associate Professor Marc Mendelson studied Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London. He specialized in Infectious Diseases at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he attained his PhD before moving to The Rockefeller University, New York, to work on tuberculosis and innate immunity. Marc moved to University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2001 to continue his research and in 2007, was appointed as Principal Specialist and Head of Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital, UCT.
He is Director of the Cape Town GeoSentinel Travel Surveillance Site, current head of the GeoSentinel Publications Committee and an associate editor for the Journal of Travel Medicine. His main focus in Travel Medicine is in the clinical management of returning travellers, and the HIV-infected traveller. He has authored GeoSentinnel publications on risks to travellers to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa 2010, and on regional variation of travel-related illness in travellers to Africa. He has published over 50 papers and numerous book chapters.
Dr Mendelson is the current President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa (IDSSA) and of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa (FIDSSA). He is co-chair of the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme (SAASP) and is involved with WHO in clinical management of Influenza. Dr Mendelson is organizing Chair of Options for Control of Influenza VIII, 2013 and local organizing chair of the 16th International Conference on Infectious Diseases, 2014. He is married with 3 children and lives amongst the Constantia vineyards in Cape Town.
Counsellor: Claire Wong, New Zealand
Claire is a Travel Health Specialist Nurse at Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre in the beautiful city of Auckland. Claire took up this post in March 2013 after emigrating from her native United Kingdom with her husband and two dogs (her boys!). Her role is a varied one which involves both clinical and academic travel medicine and in addition to preparing travellers for overseas visits, she has also co-edited a travel vaccine text book and speaks regularly at educational workshops and conferences.
Claire’s travel medicine career began in 1996 when she took a locum job in a travel clinic simply because it sounded interesting and the hours involved no shift work; little did she know that travel medicine would take over as a major focus in her life!
Claire has since worked in several specialist travel clinics in the United Kingdom, gaining a Diploma in Travel Health and Medicine along the way. In 2002 she became a Specialist Nurse at the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), a position she held for over 10 years. This role allowed her to gain experience working at a national level, setting standards in travel medicine, and supporting other practitioners my providing a telephone advice line. Whilst there she sat the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health® exam, gained an MSc in International and Travel Health and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.
Claire joined ISTM in 1998 and is currently a member of the Nurse Professional Group Council and the Exam Board. She is now looking forward to further supporting the ISTM and its members as a Counsellor on the Executive Board.
Secretary/Treasurer: Peter A. Leggat, Australia
Peter A. Leggat, MD, PhD, DrPH, is Professor and Deputy Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University (JCU), Australia. A medical and higher doctorate graduate from the University of Queensland, he has published more than 500 journal papers, more than 90 chapters and more than 20 books, as well as presenting more than 350 papers at national and international conferences. He has consulted with various organisations, including the Australian Defence Force, the Therapeutic Goods Authority Australia and the World Health Organization. A former Fulbright Scholar and current Fulbright Ambassador, he has received numerous national and international Fellowships and other accolades. He is a member of a number of charitable boards, including St John Ambulance Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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. He is Dean of Education of The Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine; National Director of Training for St John Ambulance Australia; Acting Chair of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Honorary Treasurer and Past President of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine; and Honorary Secretary of the Travel Health Advisory Group, Australia. He was formerly Director-General of the World Safety Organization and remains on their Board of Directors. He has been an elected member of the JCU Council since 2005.
Prior ISTM service: Founding Member 1991; Certificate in Travel HealthTM, 2003. Councilor, Executive Board 2003-05. Leadership Council 2010-12; Editorial Board 2000-12, Section Editor 2003-09; Deputy Editor-in-Chief 2009-11, Journal of Travel Medicine; Editor-in-Chief, ISTM NewsShare, 2010-12; 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); Member, CISTM14 Oversight Committee, 2014-2015.
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: Eric Caumes, France
Dr. Caumes is a clinician (MD) certified in Dermatology (1989) then in Infectious and tropical diseases (1993). He is Professor of Infectious and Tropical diseases, at the University "Pierre et Marie Curie" in Paris since 2001. He is vice chairman of the department of infectious diseases, at the Teaching Hospital "Pitie-Salpetriere" in Paris. Dr. Caumes is involved in teaching, taking care of patients seen at the travel disease unit or been hospitalized and performing clinical research. He lived in Nepal at the beginning of the eighties. At that time, Kathmandou valley was still a paradise and his road crossed that of David Shlim. He worked there as a "doctor for travellers" at the French Embassy in Kathmandou
Dr. Caumes' involvement in our travel medicine institution began in the pre ISTM period, after he came back from Nepal, beginning in the late eighties at the first international congress in Zurich of what will become the ISTM. He was too young to be considered as a pioneer but he was there. He is also a member of the Journal of Travel Medicine editorial board. Dr. Caumes is president of the French Society of Travel Medicine, member of the "Counseil National des Universites", editor of La Lettre de l'Infectiologue and serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique.
Dr. Caumes is noted for his research input in travel medicine. Main fields of research concern returned ill travelers, skin infections (cutaneous larva migrans, skin and soft tissue infections, leishmaniasis), imported tropical diseases (typhoid, schistosomiasis, malaria, gnathostomiasis) and sexually transmitted diseases. In his daily practice, he is also involved in the care of HIV infected patients with a focus on skin manifestations and cutaneous adverse reactions to drugs.
Travel Medicine News Editor: Christopher Van Tilburg
ISTM Web Editor: Hans D. Nothdurft, Germany
Dr. Nothdurft is an Associate Professor and Clinical Consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich, Germany where he also serves as the Director of the University Travel Clinic. Dr. Nothdurft is certified as a specialist for tropical medicine, and received his Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, England.
In addition to his experience as practitioner and professor, Dr. Nothdurft also served as Medical Coordinator for the relief operations for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees in Indonesia and Thailand on behalf of the International Red Cross. His main focus has been in research, teaching and clinical practice in the field of infectious diseases and tropical medicine with an emphasis on travel-related illnesses. Dr. Nothdurft has been the principal investigator in several studies on the safety and immunogenicity of vaccines against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis as well as in the epidemiology of malaria and hepatitis E in travellers.
Dr. Nothdurft has published more than 100 scientific publications and has made over 150 presentations in national and international conferences in the field of epidemiology, control, prophylaxis and therapy of infectious and tropical diseases mainly in travellers. He has had both long and short term assignments as consultant mainly for the International Red Cross and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia and Namibia. Since 1984 Dr. Nothdurft has been a permanent medical advisor to the German Red Cross in international and relief matters.
In addition to being an active member and officer in many national and international organizations, Dr. Nothdurft has a long history helping to develop ISTM International Congresses. He was a member of the scientific committee and as Secretary-General for the CISTM5 in Geneva, chaired the scientific committee for the CISTM8 in New York, co-chaired the scientific Committee for CISTM9 in Lisbon, and was the Organizing Chair for the CISTM11 in Budapest.
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 traveler 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.
Continuing Professional Development: Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America
Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, is an expert travel health consultant for CDC's Travelers Health and Animal Importation team, whose focus is to promote travelers' health and to prevent introduction of diseases related to animal importation to the U.S. She is an editor of CDC's Health Information for the International Traveler, also known as the "Yellow Book."
Dr. Kozarsky began her CDC career in 2001. She is also medical co-director at TravelWell, an Emory Healthcare affiliated program aimed at providing pre-and post-traveler health services to international travelers, and at Grady Memorial Hospital's Immigrant and Refugee clinic. Current research efforts have primarily focused on issues in clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health, including the epidemiology of travel related infections.
She received her bachelor's degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She went to Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, and is a member many professional organizations, 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. This includes the epidemiology of travel-related infections, as it relates to the more than 50,000 patients in the GeoSentinel worldwide database.
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: Mary-Louise Scully, United States of America
Dr. Mary-Louise Scully is the Director of the Travel and Tropical Medicine Center of the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to her clinical practice of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, she is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) subspecialty board exam committee for the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Exam. She is also an Associate Editor for the journal Travel Medicine Advisor and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Travel Medicine.
Dr. Scully received a B.A. from Smith College and her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Illinois. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. For 11 years she was a member of the Clinical Faculty at Yale University School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Yale International Health and Travel Clinic.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chad Relief Foundation and Direct Relief International, non-profit organizations based in Santa Barbara. She recently has traveled twice to southern Chad as part of this volunteer work. In 2007 Dr. Scully traveled and served as expedition team physician for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society filming of the PBS documentary Return to the Amazon.
She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Ralph Zitnik, M.D. and has two adult children Robert and Kate Zitnik.
Publications: A/Prof Joseph Torresi, Australia
A/Prof Torresi is an infectious diseases physician at the Austin hospital, Heidelberg Victoria, Australia and Associate Professor of Medicine, Austin Health, University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has a PhD in Microbiology. He is head of the Travel Medicine at the Austin hospital and the current manager of the Austin Centre for Infection Research. He is the co-director for the Melbourne GeoSentinel Surveillance network site. He has directed numerous clinical and basic research projects and clinical trials in infectious diseases and travel medicine.
Dr Torresi is head of the Hepatitis and Virology Molecular Biology Research laboratory, Austin hospital, University of Melbourne and is responsible for several projects in hepatitis B and C pathogenesis and immunology and influenza research. He is a founding committee member of the Viral Hepatitis SIG of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases.
Dr Torresi is the author of over 120 publications including original papers, reviews and book chapters and books and peer reviewed conference proceedings. He is the co-author in several books and book chapters on the topic of travel medicine.
Dr Torresi has been a member of ISTM since 1997 and has served on several scientific committees including those of CISTM8, CISTM9 and was associate chair CISTM10, Chair of the 4th Regional ISTM, (APICTM 2008), Co-chair, 7th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, 2010 and current member of the v2V Dengue Vaccine initiative steering committee. He is a frequently invited speaker to national and international conferences on topics of travel medicine and hepatitis.
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 traveler 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 travelers' diarrhea and travel medicine. He has journeyed each summer to Guadalajara Mexico to conduct clinical trials in travelers' 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: Sue Ann McDevitt, United States
Joined Premise Health (PH) in 2003, when it was CHD Meridian.
She has worked in travel medicine since 1980’s when the specialty was in its infancy.
Member of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM.org) since 1994, and is a Founding Member and formerly on the Board of Directors of the American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA).
Is currently the co-chair of the Premise Health Travel Medicine Advisory Board.
Currently working on with ATHNA Scope & Standards of Travel Health Nursing in an effort to obtain specialty practice certification for nurses.
Works with Clinical Operations Support as the Travel Medicine Subject Specialist
Has taught the travel medicine education program at PH since 2007 and provides 1:1 mentorship to all who need assistance.
Certified Travel Medicine Advisor, 1997: School for Infectious & Environmental Health, University of Glasgow
2012: Affiliate of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
2015: Vice-Chair of the Leadership Council of the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Nurse Practice Group
2016: Chair of the Leadership Council of the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Nurse Practice Group.
Pharmacy: Lee Baker, South Africa
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Dip Pharm (MPS)
Medicine Information Pharmacist
Owner and Managing Director of Amayeza Info Services (A Medicine Information Service)
SASTM Travel medicine Course
Have worked as a Medicine Information Pharmacist for 30 years.
Run the National Vaccine Information Line
Lecture to Students and Health care professionals
Clinical assistant to HIV study
Currently engaged in medicine reviews for an Australian medical Aid
Editor of 2 books: 'Beyond Childhood Vaccination' and 'Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine in South Africa.'
Editor of 2 newsletters: Immunise Today and Pharmacy Focus
Honorary consultant for Modern medicine – 2011-2012
Sit on a number of conference scientific committees.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
As part of the Subcommittee on Chemoprophylaxis and Treatment of malaria (SCAT), I assisted in developing the malaria prophylaxis and treatment guidelines for South Africa. Now a member of the South African Malaria Elimination Committee (SAMEC)
Member of SASTM exco. – President elect
Chair elect and SA representative for Pharmacists in The International Society of Travel medicine (ISTM)
Member of the Vaccine Group, South Africa
Contributor to a number of journals – national and international
Present at numerous conferences
Interest Group Chairs
Migrant and Refugee Health: Masatoki Adachi, Japan
Born in Japan, Dr Adachi spent most of his childhood in Hong Kong as an expatriate family. He attended the British Service School there until the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from UK to China. Dr Adachi returned to Japan for medical education and received his Medical Degree with Dean’s award from Saga Medical School, Japan. He was trained at University of Tokyo and completed his specialist fellowship in pediatrics at the same university hospital. Dr Adachi completed postgraduate program at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was awarded Master of Science in Global Health Policy from University of London.
Dr Adachi has served for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and US Government as a panel physician providing immigration medical assessments and consultations helping those immigrating to different countries. He is appointed Post Medical Advisor for US Consulate General Osaka-Kobe Japan providing healthcare advice and consultations for foreigners in the region.
Dr Adachi is a General Physician & Pediatrician and is also a registered staff member at the local Pediatrics Emergency Center. He is an invited lecturer at Konan University and an affiliate faculty at Ashiya Municipal Hospital in Japan. His work focuses on dynamics of mobile population in Asia and impact of local public health context.
Dr Adachi first joined the interest group as elected Steering Council in 2013 and continues to work with the group. Dr Adachi serves the Interest group as Chair from 2016.
Pediatrics: Mike Starr, Australia
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Psychological Health of Travellers: Mike Jones, United Kingdom
Dr Mike Jones, MB, ChB, FRCP (Edin, Glasg, Lond), FFTM RCPS (Glasg) is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland, a post from which he retires at the end of October after over 30 years with broad interests in tropical medicine and HIV working for the NHS.
Mike’s interest in Travel Medicine and psychological aspects of travel arose when he served as a General Physican at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre from 1976-1982, employed by the UK Overseas Development Administration. After return to the UK, he and his wife Elizabeth were concerned about the health of expatriate volunteers and founded the healthcare charity now known as HealthLink360, and based near Edinburgh. Since 1983 thousands of expatriate missionaries and Aid workers have been referred to HL360, attracted by the emphasis on whole person health care. HL360 is now staffed by four doctors, two counselors and a Clinical Pyschologist, and a public access Travel Clinic has now been in operation for 10 years. Mike continues as Honorary Consultant Physician having retired as Medical Director in 2006.
After completing a Diploma in Pastoral Counselling in 1993 he was drawn into the Glasgow Diploma in Travel Medicine, wrote the module on Protracted Visits in 1997and then the chapter on Psychological aspects of Travel and the long term expatriate for the textbook Travel Medicine and Migrant Health. With Dr Ken Gamblehe wrote a chapter on ‘Physical/|Medical Care in Doing Member Care Well edited by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell. He lectures regularly at Travel Medicine Courses in London and Glasgow on Psychological Aspects of Travel and has a particular interest in screening prcedures for expatriate workers. He gave lectures at ICTM&M 18 in Rio de Janeiro on ‘Travelling with Children’ and at CISTM 13 in Maastricht on ‘Cultural Adaptation’ and ‘The Family Cycle Abroad’.
He currently serves on the International Health Advisory Committee of SIM International based in North Carolina and was for several years the Medical Officer for the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland and Scottish Churches World Exchange. He joined the Board of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2007, became Vice Dean in 2009 and Dean in 2012. Having cast aside work with the Scottish NHS he is looking forward to researching data accumulated at HealthLink360.
Responsible Traveller: Susanna Maybin, England, United Kingdom
Dr Susanna Maybin has a background in primary health care and public health and has experience of working in a variety of settings both in the UK and overseas. This included working with the International Grenfell Association in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador, and Save the Children Fund UK where she worked in refugee settings (Thai Lao border and Nepal), and Maternal and Child Health (Nepal). She has also worked as a Trek Doctor in the Andes and Himalayas for several companies.
This work stimulated an interest in Travel Medicine and for the last 21 years she has been based in the UK where she works as Medical Adviser to Voluntary Service Overseas, providing advice and medical support both to the organisation and to the volunteers who are situated in more than 40 different countries. In the last few years she also spent several years as medical adviser to International Service, a small UK based volunteer sending agency.
She is a founder member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.
Student Travel Abroad: 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 traveler. 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.