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Past Officers

Presidents

Herbert L. DuPont, United States of America, 1991 – 1993

Herbert DuPont Herbert DuPont currently serves as the Director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health and Chief, Internal Medicine Service at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Additionally he is a professor at The Baylor College of Medicine H. Irving Schweppe, Jr., M.D., Chair in Internal Medicine and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine; The Mary W. Kelsey Chair of Medical Sciences, The University of Texas-Houston Medical School; Professor of Medicine, Graduate Schools of Bio medical Sciences, The University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. DuPont also is Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and President of the Kelsey Research Foundation.

Dr. DuPont has been active and held positions in numerous organizations, including the American Clinical and Climatological Association, American Epidemiological Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Academy of Microbiology, America College of Physicians, Association of American Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the International Society of Travel Medicine. He has received many awards and honors.

Dr. DuPont has served on the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee and as Consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Board of Scientific Counsellors, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); NIH Blue Ribbon Panel on Bioterrorism and its Implications for Biomedical Research; Medical Advisory Steering Committee of the City of Houston Medical Strike Team for Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Terrorism; and the Board of Advisors, Emory University School of Medicine, 2001-2009.

Dr. DuPont has lectured widely in the field of travel medicine, has authored or co-authored 615 medical and scientific publications, and edited or written 19 books. Reference 11 in CV was the first description of the biologic properties of Norwalk virus published in 1971 and reprinted in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2004 as a Centennial Classic; reference 12 describing the pathogenesis of Escherichia coli diarrhea was deemed a Science Citation Classic in 1985 as one of the 100 most cited articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infection, and currently serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Travel Medicine.

Robert Steffen, Switzerland, 1993 – 1995

Robert Steffen 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.

Jay Keystone, Canada, 1995 – 1997

Jay Keystone Jay S. Keystone, MD, MSc FRCPC , is a professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, a senior staff physician in the Tropical Disease Unit , Toronto General Hospital and the director of Medisys Travel and adult Immunization Clinic, Toronto.

Dr. Keystone received his medical degree from the University of Toronto where he was awarded the Cody gold medal (1964-1969). He completed his internship at Toronto General Hospital and his residency at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, as well as the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. He later completed postgraduate work, receiving his Master's degree in clinical tropical medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He carried out field work in subsaharan Africa and South America before returning to Toronto to become the Director of the Tropical Disease Unit at Toronto General Hospital in 1997. While on sabbatical in 1985, he was designated as an official Government of India leprosy control officer.

Dr. Keystone has received numerous honors and has held medical society positions worldwide. In 2008, he received the Ben Kean Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine for his longstanding contributions to medical education and mentorship. In the same year, he was the recipient of 5.3 million stem cells from his twin brother Ed, for the management of B cell lymphoma. He is the past president of the International Society of Travel Medicine, the clinical division of the American Society of Tropical Medicine, and the Canadian Society of International Health. He has served on editorial boards of Canadian and American journals, and he has been published in many distinguished and some not-so-distinguished international journals. Dr. Keystone is a renowned lecturer in the fields of travel and tropical medicine . He has received numerous teaching awards for his presentation skills including the Faculty of Medicine's Colin Woolf award for excellence in continuing medical education. It is worth noting that he has spoken on several different continents and has been incontinent.

His research interests are in leprosy, travelers' diarrhea, delusional parasitosis and travelers' health. Most of his field research was done in South India.

His claim to fame is being the first and last attending physician to make rounds at the Toronto General Hospital on rollerblades.

Michel Rey, France, 1997 – 1999

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Charles Ericsson, United States of America, 1999 – 2001

Charles Ericsson 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.

Louis Loutan, Switzerland, 2001 – 2003

Louis Loutan Louis Loutan, MD, MPH is the head of the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine in the Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care at the Geneva University Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also Associate Professor in International and Humanitarian Medicine at the University of Geneva. Dr. Loutan is a specialist in internal medicine and tropical medicine and has a Master's in Public Health.

Dr. Loutan spent five years in the Republic of Niger conducting clinical work, epidemiological surveys in nutrition and tropical medicine, and organising programs in community health for nomadic populations. He spent two years in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston) organising training courses in international health. He has conducted research projects on leishmaniasis, and the impact of snakebites in Nepal. Dr. Loutan has served as senior consultant in tropical medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals and as Medical Director of the HUG laboratory of parasitology. He also served as technical advisor and co-director of the consortium managing SDC funded projects, continuing medical education programs in family medicine, and the Family Medicine Implementation Project in Bosnia.

Dr. Loutan has been the head of the Geneva travel medicine clinic since 1989 and has conducted research in various aspects of travel medicine including immunogenicity and tolerance of hepatitis A and B vaccines, vaccine combinations, security, and humanitarian expatriates. Since 1991 he served as head of the Unit offering various services for migrant and refugee populations in Geneva (medical screening, prevention programs, clinical care, care for survivors of violence, and interpreter services), as well as conducting research and providing training in this field.

His appointments include president of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology; president of the International Society of Travel Medicine; former board member of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health; chair of the organising committee of the 5th international Conference on Travel Medicine (Geneva 1997); president of the HUG Committee of humanitarian and international cooperation activities; and president of the organizing committee of the Geneva Forum: towards Global Access to Health, Geneva in 2006 and 2008.

Bradley A. Connor, United States of America, 2003 – 2005

Bradley A. Connor Bradley A. Connor, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is founder and Medical Director of Travel Health Services, New York’s first private travel medicine clinic. Dr. Connor is also the director of the New York Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, a facility devoted to teaching and research in travel and tropical medicine. Dr. Connor has been in the private practice of Gastroenterology and Tropical Medicine for the past 30 years.

His main research interests include chronic gastrointestinal disorders in returned travelers, emerging gastrointestinal pathogens, and enteric parasitic diseases. He was part of the Kathmandu, Nepal team that first described the clinical illness associated with Cyclospora infections and made subsequent contributions to the understanding of its pathogenesis, epidemiology, and treatment. Widely published in these fields, he is co-editor of the textbook Travel Medicine, now in its 3rd edition.

Dr. Connor was the Co-Chair of the ISTM Foundation and CDC sponsored Travelers’ Diarrhea Consensus Conference, held in April 2016. New guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Travelers’ Diarrhea were developed during this conference and the proceedings will be published in early 2017.

This was the first international Consensus Conference on this subject in over a decade and was prompted by the availability of new culture independent diagnostics such as Film Array and the growing awareness of the potential for acquisition of multi drug resistant bacteria as a result of travel and the use of antibiotics. Dr. Connor has been the author of the sections on Travelers’ Diarrhea and Persistent Diarrhea in the CDC Health Information for International Travel "Yellow Book" for the past six years. In his clinical practice Dr. Connor was an early adopter of the BioFire FilmArray GI panel, the first physician in private practice in New York to utilize this new diagnostic technology as early as April 2014 and has now accumulated over two and a half years’ worth of data on diarrhea in returned travelers as well as community acquired cases.

Dr. Connor is Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) an organization of over 3000 physicians and allied health professionals in over 75 countries. He is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been part of the Health Information for International Travel working group in the Division of Global Migration since 1997. He is the New York City site director for GeoSentinel, the emerging infectious diseases network of the CDC and ISTM. Dr. Connor was a member of the task force on Travel Medicine at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003. Dr. Connor has served as a consultant to the White House Medical Unit in the Clinton and Bush administrations and is an advisor in Travel Medicine for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.

Dr. Connor received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center Hospitals in San Antonio and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College.

Dr. Connor is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA-F), Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America (FIDSA) and was awarded Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) FFTM, FRCPS.

Prativa Pandey, Nepal, 2005 – 2007

Prativa Pandey Dr. Prativa Pandey is currently the medical director of the CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center located in Kathmandu, Nepal and has been since 1998. CIWEC Clinic is one of the busiest travel clinics situated in a destination country and receives patients from over 75 different countries in any given year. Dr. Pandey was elected President of the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2005 and served as President till 2007. The society underwent robust membership and financial growth during her tenure as President and she served as Chair of the conference organizing committee for the Vancouver conference held in 2007.

Having been a graduate of medical college in New Delhi, India, she obtained her post graduate training in Internal Medicine from Boston, Massachusetts and was Board certified in that specialty. She returned to her home country after practicing medicine in the USA for 13 years to join Dr. David Shlim at the CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1993. Under her leadership, the clinic got its own custom designed building and is now able to provide expanded services to travelers including inpatient care. In her practice, she combines the keen scientific knowledge she gained in the west with the compassionate caring attitude she grew up with in the east to provide the best care travelers can receive away from home. CIWEC Clinic has served as a wonderful laboratory to study illnesses in travelers and research conducted here has helped define health risk for travelers to Nepal. Dr. Pandey has been an active participant of ISTM's GeoSentinel network.

Dr. Pandey has served on the Executive Board of Society of Internal Medicine of Nepal and was the founding president of America Nepal Medical Foundation Nepal chapter. She is currently Chairperson of the Open Learning Exchange Nepal that assists school children with computerized learning and very much enjoys being part of this project. She served as a volunteer physician for 3 months at the Himalayan Rescue Association's clinic at 14000ft near Everest Base Camp and has been on the medical advisory board of this association. She has traveled extensively but enjoys trekking in Nepal the most.

Frank von Sonnenburg, Germany, 2007 – 2009

Frank Sonnenburg Frank v. Sonnenburg, M.D., MPH, is currently the Deputy Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich and Head of the Section of International Medicine and Public Health.

Prof. v. Sonnenburg is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specialized in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He worked extensively in developing countries on a variety of infectious diseases projects and in public health in general. Prof. v. Sonnenburg spent much time working in the Philippines, Tanzania and Jamaica. He also had the opportunity to work with the late Dr. Jonathan Mann for several years in Geneva in his Global Programme on AIDS.

Although Prof. v. Sonnenburg continued to participate in international studies, he has focused his energies more recently closer to home - being available to the 2 teenage sons, mentoring students, improving the travel clinic, and spending time on ISTM initiatives such as the meetings, the secretary/treasury and GeoSentinel. He has served as the secretary treasurer of the ISTM and was the chair of the CISTM7 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Alan J. Magill, United States of America, 2009 – 2011

Alan Magill Dr. Alan J. Magill is currently Director of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics, at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Washington DC in the USA. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. He has over 15 years of experience in developing new generations of vaccines, diagnostics, and anti-malarial drugs to prevent travel related infectious diseases.

Dr. Magill has had extensive international research experience in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia working extensively in the field of malaria and leishmaniasis. He lived in Lima Peru from 1996-2000 and worked in the Peruvian Amazon. He then spent 2 years as the Head, Clinical Research, of the Malaria Vaccine Development Unit of the US National Institutes of Health before being appointed Science Director at WRAIR. Current interests include developing new anti-malarial drugs, and improved, point of care diagnostics. Dr. Magill was a key leader in the research and development effort for non-microscopic, rapid diagnostic tests for malaria that lead to approval of the first such test by the US FDA in 2007.

Dr. Magill is a frequently invited speaker onn travel medicine related topics to numerous national and international meetings. He is an Attending Physician at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, an active member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene serving as CME Courses Director and President of the Clinical Group, an invited participant in numerous national and international advisory committees and workshops, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a recipient of the Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health of the ASTM&H, Lead Editor for the 9th edition of Hunter's Tropical Medicine, and has a dual appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Magill is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 115 abstracts, and 12 book chapters. He has been a member of the ISTM since 1992 serving as Associate Chair, Scientific Program Committee, CISTM9, 2003 - 2005 and Associate Chair, Scientific Program Committee, CISTM10, 2005 - 2007. He remains clinically active in pre and post travel settings and inpatient infectious disease service.

Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom, 2011 – 2013

Fiona Genasi Fiona is Nurse Consultant in Travel Health Medicine, responsible for national travel medicine programmes at Health Protection Scotland, the agency that oversees travel medicine there. Fiona develops policy and services in travel and international health for the Scottish Government, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, other health professionals and organisations, and the general public. Fiona has been an ISTM member since its inception and has previously served in most of the leadership roles within the Society.

Fiona qualified with a nursing degree in 1984, before specialising in Infectious Diseases, Tropical and Travel Medicine. She gained a Masters degree from the University of Glasgow in 1992, and is an Honorary Lecturer in Epidemiology within the Public Health Medicine Department there. In 2006 she was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as a Founder Fellow within the Faculty of Travel Medicine. She sits on the College Examination Board for the Diploma in Travel Medicine and regularly teaches and examines at post-graduate level. Fiona has co-authored three textbooks in travel medicine and numerous other publications on the topic.

Fiona has travelled extensively, and worked abroad in countries such as India and Iraq on education, research and humanitarian projects. She is an active member on various national and international groups and committees, including the UK Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention (ACMP), and EuroTravNet . Fiona was actively involved in the genesis of the winning proposal for EuroTravNet , designed to build a network to support travel and tropical medicine related activities in Europe, which is funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

David R. Shlim, United States of America, 2013 – 2015

David R. Shlim 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.

Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore, 2015 – 2017

Annelies Wilder-Smith 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.

Counsellors

Michael Binder, France, 1991 – 1993

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John Goldsmid, Australia, 1991 – 1993

John Goldsmid Dr, Goldsmid was born in South Africa and received B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. degrees from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. He was awarded h PhD from University of London, and became Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Godfrey Huggins Medical School of the University of Rhodesia. He moved to Australia in 1977 and became Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Tasmania.

While in Rhodesia, Dr. Goldsmid's main interest was in parasitic and tropical infectious diseases and when settled in Tasmania, this translated naturally to an interest in imported infections and thence to travel medicine. He joined the ISTM shortly after arrival in Australia at invitation of Robert Steffen and was elected to the first Council of ISTM and remained a member of the ISTM until retirement in 2002.

Dr. Goldsmid served as President of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and saw the establishment of a Faculty of Travel Medicine within this College. He served as editor of the Australian Microbiologist and the Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Through the Institute of Biology in Australia, he published a book ("The Deadly Legacy") on the history of the introduction of infectious diseases into Australia. Dr. Goldsmid was elected Honorary Life Member of the Association of Medical Technologists of Zimbabwe and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Austra lasian College of Pathologists and the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. He retired in 2002 and is presently Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Tasmania.

Eduardo Gotuzzo, Peru, 1991 – 1995

Eduardo Gotuzzo Dr. Eduardo Gotuzzo is a Principal Professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia School of Medicine in Lima. Dr. Gotuzzo is also the director of the Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute, a prominent infectious diseases clinical facility in Peru and a leading research institution in Latin America.

Dr. Gotuzzo is also Chief of Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine of Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Dr. Gotuzzo is also a Principal Investigator on the MDR-TB Research Project Detail, which is a Phase III trial comparing four alternative methods for drug susceptibility testing of M. tuberculosis with gold standard in patients with smear-positive pulmonary TB sith TDR/WHO. He also works doing researche on Brucellosis, HTLV-1, Fasciolasis, Strongyloides.

Dr. Gotuzzo's HIV expertise dates back to 1983 when the first cases of HIV in Peru were diagnosed at the Humbolt Tropical Medicine Institute. Since then, Dr. Gotuzzo has personally treated thousands of HIV patients and conducted 10 clinical trials on patients with HIV between 1998 and 2005. His reputation as a teacher also is legendary: He has served for many years as the director of the renowned Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine, which annually trains dozens of infectious diseases specialists from around the world.

In 2007, Dr. Gotuzzo received the Society Citation Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He was President of International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID and he was also President of International Federation of Tropical Medicine (IFTM).

With more than 300 articles and more than 40 book chapters to his credit, Dr. Gotuzzo has contributed prodigiously to the infectious diseases literature on a broad range of topics. His dedication to the specialty is also obvious from his track record of service. Most notably, in USA he serves as a member of the prestigious Forum on Microbial Threat of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and he also serves as Adjunct Professor of School of Public Health, Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine; Fellow of Center for the Americas at Vanderbilt University; and Adjunct Faculty of The William J Harrington Training Programs for Latin America, University of Miami School of Medicine.

In Peru, Dr. Gotuzzo is member of the National Board of Transmisibles Diseases, Ministry of Health (MoH); National Board of Expert on MDR-TB; National Board of Experts on HIV/AIDS.

Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America, 1991 – 1995

Phyllis Kozarsky 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.

Richard Dawood, United Kingdom, 1993 – 1997

Richard Dawood Richard is the medical director of the Fleet Street Clinic, in London. He studied at UCL and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and his interest in Travel Medicine stems from his own extensive travels to more than 100 countries around the world. He edits Travellers' Health (OUP), first published in 1986.

His major interests include the care and support of high risk travellers, with a particular focus on the news, TV and film industry. He is a founder member of the International Society of Travel Medicine, and lectures, writes and broadcasts frequently on travel health issues. He is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, in London, and for Condé Nast Traveler, in New York.

Robert Kass, Australia, 1993 – 1997

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Lisa Sawyer, Canada, 1995 – 1999

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Christoph Hatz, Switzerland, 1995 – 1999

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Bradley A. Connor, United States of America,1997 – 2001

Bradley A. Connor Bradley A. Connor, M.D. has been an active member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) since its founding in 1991. He has served since 1994 as Chair of the Travel Industry and Public Education Committee. Under his leadership, this Committee has furthered the agenda of raising public awareness of travel medicine as well as forging links with the travel industry. Specific Committee activities have included the North American Charter for Travel Health Consensus Conference, held in 1996, which laid the groundwork for minimum standards for the travel industry with respect to health advice. The Committee compiled and published the first worldwide directory of ISTM Travel Clinics in 1996. Under his direction, the Coalition for Healthy Travel, a not for profit ISTM initiative, was begun in 1997. With industry partners, the Coalition for Healthy Travel has embarked on a travel medicine awareness campaign through media outreach.

Dr Connor served as Chair of the 8th Conference of the ISTM (CISTM8) held in New York in May, 2003. In May 2003 Dr. Connor assumed the role of President of the ISTM, a position he held until 2005.

Dr. Connor is a gastroenterologist with clinical faculty appointments at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Rockefeller University and serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Founder and Medical Director of Travel Health Services, New York City's first private Travel Medicine Clinic, he is also the Director of the New York Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, a facility devoted to teaching and research in travel and tropical medicine. Dr. Connor's main research interests include chronic diarrhea in returned travelers, emerging gastrointestinal pathogens, viral hepatitis and enteric parasitic diseases. He was part of the Kathmandu, Nepal team that first described the clinical illness associated with Cyclospora and has investigated the pathogenesis, clinical illness, epidemiology, and treatment of Cyclospora infections. In 1997 he received the Clinical Research Award from the International Society of Travel Medicine for his work on travelers diarrhea in Vietnam.

Dr. Connor has authored numerous publications and has lectured widely in the field of travel medicine. He is an editor of the recently published textbook Travel Medicine. Co-director of "Medicine for Adventure Travel," a one-week travel medicine conference held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 1993, Dr. Connor serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Travel Medicine, and has been involved in development of the Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine.

Karen Howell, United Kingdom, 1997 – 2001

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David O. Freedman, United States of America, 1999 – 2003

David Freedman Secretary-Treasurer (2005-2013) David O. Freedman, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and has directed the UAB Travelers Health Clinic since 1989. He is Managing Senior Director and Chief Travel Medicine advisor for Shoreland Travax where he oversees database development for a range of international travel support resources.

He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and his MD from the University of Toronto. After residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Infectious diseases at McGill University, he completed post-doctoral training with the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIAID.

He is President of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine and directs the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine that is given for 2 months each year in Peru. He is Associate Editor of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal and on the. He is a co-author of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Clinical Practice Guidelines on Travel Medicine and is co-Editor of the textbook, Travel Medicine. From 1995-2013 he was Director of ISTM's global GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, which he co-founded. GeoSentinel developed the largest database of ill travelers available in collaboration with 55 ISTM travel/tropical medicine units on six continents with over 40 peer-reviewed publications during this time.

Prior ISTM service: One of 287 founding members in 1991. Counsellor 1999-2003. Chair, Electronic Communications Committee (1995-2005). Founder, ISTM TravelMed listserv. Chair, Scientific Program Committee for CISTM7 in Innsbruck and CISTM9 in Lisbon. Editorial Board of the Journal of Travel Medicine (2013-). Member, CTH Exam Committee 1999-2005.

Santanu Chatterjee, India, 1999 – 2003

Santanu Chatterjee Dr. Santanu Chatterjee graduated in Medicine with Honours from Calcutta University in 1983 and subsequently qualified in Tropical Medicine with distinction, being awarded the J N Chowdhury Scholarship from the School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata in 1986. In 2008, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.

Dr. Chatterjee has presented on travel health and tropical medicine at various international and regional conferences and has original research contributions on travelers' diarrhea, health behaviour of travelers and malaria chemoprophylaxis to his credit. His major interests in travel medicine include health risks in the tropics specifically malaria and other travel-related infections, emergency medical care and the impact of travel on host countries. An invited Speaker on 'The Impact of Travel on Host Countries' at the Commonwealth Partnership in Medicine Conference - Edinburgh in October 1997, Dr Chatterjee is on International Medical Advisory Board of IAMAT (Canada) and is Immediate Past President of the Asia-Pacific Travel Health Society. He chaired the Host Country Committee of the International Society of Travel Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Travel Medicine and the Journal of Tropical Medicine and Health (Japan).

Dr Chatterjee is a contributing author in the Textbook of Travel Medicine and Health, in Travel Medicine and Migrant Health, in Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment, in Tourism and Health, in Travel Medicine - Tales Behind the Science, in Travellers' Diarrhoea 2nd Edition and in Guide to Healthy Living in Thailand and South East. He is also the Joint Course Coordinator for the "Clinical Tropical Medicine" Course organized by the Center for Travel medicine Dusseldorf, the Berlin Centre fur Reise-und Tropenmedizin in cooperation with National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.

Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom, 2001 – 2005

Fiona Genasi Fiona is Nurse Consultant in Travel Health Medicine, responsible for national travel medicine programmes at Health Protection Scotland, the agency that oversees travel medicine there. She is responsible for national travel medicine programmes at Health Protection Scotland, the agency that oversees travel medicine in Scotland. Fiona develops policy and services in travel and international health for the Scottish Government, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, other health professionals and organisations, and the general public. Fiona has been an ISTM member since its inception and has previously served in most of the leadership roles within the Society.

Fiona qualified with a nursing degree in 1984, before specialising in Infectious Diseases, Tropical and Travel Medicine. She gained a Masters degree from the University of Glasgow in 1992, and is an Honorary Lecturer in Epidemiology within the Public Health Medicine Department there. In 2006 she was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as a Founder Fellow within the Faculty of Travel Medicine. She sits on the College Examination Board for the Diploma in Travel Medicine and regularly teaches and examines at post-graduate level. Fiona has co-authored three textbooks in travel medicine and numerous other publications on the topic.

Fiona has travelled extensively, and worked abroad in countries such as India and Iraq on education, research and humanitarian projects. She is an active member on various national and international groups and committees, including the UK Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention (ACMP), and EuroTravNet . Fiona was actively involved in the genesis of the winning proposal for EuroTravNet , designed to build a network to support travel and tropical medicine related activities in Europe, which is funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Prativa Pandey, Nepal, 2001 – 2003 (became President Elect)

Prativa Pandey Dr. Prativa Pandey is currently the medical director of the CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center located in Kathmandu, Nepal and has been since 1998. CIWEC Clinic is one of the busiest travel clinics situated in a destination country and receives patients from over 75 different countries in any given year. Dr. Pandey was elected President of the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2005 and served as President till 2007. The society underwent robust membership and financial growth during her tenure as President and she served as Chair of the conference organizing committee for the Vancouver conference held in 2007.

Having been a graduate of medical college in New Delhi, India, she obtained her post graduate training in Internal Medicine from Boston, Massachusetts and was Board certified in that specialty. She returned to her home country after practicing medicine in the USA for 13 years to join Dr. David Shlim at the CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1993. Under her leadership, the clinic got its own custom designed building and is now able to provide expanded services to travelers including inpatient care. In her practice, she combines the keen scientific knowledge she gained in the west with the compassionate caring attitude she grew up with in the east to provide the best care travelers can receive away from home. CIWEC Clinic has served as a wonderful laboratory to study illnesses in travelers and research conducted here has helped define health risk for travelers to Nepal. Dr. Pandey has been an active participant of ISTM's GeoSentinel network.

Dr. Pandey has served on the Executive Board of Society of Internal Medicine of Nepal and was the founding president of America Nepal Medical Foundation Nepal chapter. She is currently Chairperson of the Open Learning Exchange Nepal that assists school children with computerized learning and very much enjoys being part of this project. She served as a volunteer physician for 3 months at the Himalayan Rescue Association's clinic at 14000ft near Everest Base Camp and has been on the medical advisory board of this association. She has traveled extensively but enjoys trekking in Nepal the most.

Peter Leggat, Australia, 2003 – 2005

Peter Leggat 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.

 

He holds Visiting Professorships at the University of Newcastle, the Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Leggat has also served as a temporary advisor and as a short term consultant in travel medicine to the World Health Organization. He is also a consultant to several other groups, including the Defence Health Service and the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia. His current board appointments include the Australian Travel Health Advisory Group, the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM), the World Safety Organization (WSO), JCU Council, and St John Ambulance Australia. He was WSO Director-General from 1997-99 and ACTM President from 1996-98, 2002-04 and 2006-08. He was also an ISTM Councillor from 2003-2005.

His research interests include aspects of travelers' health and safety, malaria, some of the Neglected Tropical Diseases, disaster medical assistance teams, aeromedical retrieval, and various occupational diseases.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Leggat has published nearly 400 scientific papers in national and international peer reviewed journals. He has edited or co-edited more than 20 monographs. He is lead editor of "Primer of Travel Medicine" (ACTM, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005)" and also co-edited "Tourism in Turbulent Times" with Professor Jeff Wilks (Elsevier 2006). Professor Leggat holds senior editorial appointments with several journals, including "Journal of Travel Medicine" (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), "Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease" (Editorial Advisor), "Industrial Health" (Editor), "Annals of the ACTM" (Executive Editor), and "Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health" (Consulting Editor). He has also presented more than 250 papers at National and International scientific meetings and regularly lectures on travel medicine in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

He has won numerous awards, including most recently the Thomson Reuter's Blake Dawson Inside OHS Professional of the Year, the WSO International Award and the Surgeon General John White Medal, all in 2008.

Eli Schwartz, Israel, 2003 – 2007

Eli Schwartz For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Schwartz's professional focus has been in the area of travel and tropical diseases. He has been an active member of the ISTM since its founding in 1991. Over the years he has served on several of the ISTM Congress Scientific Committees as well as on the board for the Journal of Travel Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is a co-investigator of GeoSentinel, the ISTM-CDC surveillance project of emerging pathogens. He has chaired the ISTM Professional Education Committee and is an active member of the ISTM Examination Committee.

Dr. Schwartz has been an active participant at various European and Asian travel medicine society meetings and chaired the scientific committee of the Asian-Pacific Travel Health (APTH) conference in Shanghai which took place in October of 2002, as well as serving the same position for the upcoming conference in Nara, Japan in 2010.

Dr. Schwartz introduced the field of travel medicine in Israel. He is currently the Director of the Center for Geographic Medicine at Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer Israel, which is the recognized center by the MOH for tropical diseases in Israel. He is also currently serving as the president of the Israeli Society of Parisitology and Tropical Diseases and president of the Asia-Pacific Travel Health Society. Dr. Schwartz is a full Professor (clinical) at the Sacker faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Schwartz has worked extensively in developing countries including Cambodia Refugee camps (1980), CIWEC Clinic, Kathmandu (1987-88) and Ethiopia (1991 and 1999). As director of the Israeli Malaria team, he served as a consultant for the governments of Zanzibar (1994), for the United Nations peace keeping troops in Angola (1997) and in Senegal (2001).

Dr. Schwartz graduated in 1992 from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His research interests have led to more than 130 publications in the medical literature in the field of travel and tropical medicine. He was a coeditor of the book "Travel Medicine- tales behind the science". (Elsevier 2007). The most recent book he edited "Tropical Diseases in Travelers" (Wiley Blackwell 2009) is the first 'Post-Travel' textbook in which the knowledge gained in understanding the specific aspects of tropical diseases in travelers was summarized.

Kevin Kain, Canada, 2003 –2007

Kevin Kain Dr. Kain is the Director, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, UHN-Toronto General Hospital, Director, Global Health, McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine, University of Toronto, the Director, The Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine at the UHN-Toronto General Hospital, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Parasitology. Dr. Kain received his medical degree (cum laude) from the University of Western Ontario, undertook his residency training at the University of British Columbia, and post-doctoral research training as a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Immunology, at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC. Dr. Kain has worked extensively in the topics and sub-tropics including New Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, Madagascar, Honduras, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and the Amazon basin. He is the recipient of the C. Woolf Award for the Excellence in Teaching from the University of Toronto, a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Young Investigators Award from the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, and Bailey K Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, awarded for distinguished work in tropical medicine. Dr Kain was profiled by TIME magazine as one of "Canada's Best In Medicine". He also received the: Fred Barrett Lectureship, University of Tennessee; Distinguished Service Award, Global Health Education Consortium, University of California (2006); John Evans Lectureship in Global Health (2006); The Henry and Sylvia Wong Lectureship In Medicine, MacMaster University (2006), 2005 Forbes Lectureship, University of Melbourne, Australia (2005), Senior Investigator Award (2004) from the Clinical Research Society of Toronto (CRST); and the University Health Network "Inventor of the Year" Award (2003) "In recognition of contributions to the advancement of human health through by means of a patentable invention." He has served as chairperson on Health Canada's Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Malaria Foundation, Board member of the Programme for Appropriate Technology (PATH) Canada, and as a consultant to many organizations including the World Health Organization, Red Cross, Canadian Blood Services, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Nancy Jenks, United States of America, 2005 – 2009

Nancy Jenks Nancy Piper Jenks, MS, CFNP is the director of travel and immigrant medicine at Hudson Community Health in Peekskill, NY. She has lived and worked on four continents, including 4 years in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, 2 years working at CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu, and 2 years as a research fellow at the Center of Evaluation of Vaccination: WHO Center for the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis in Antwerp, Belgium. She has published in the peer-reviewed medical literature on topics including Hepatitis E in travelers, enteric fever and Lyme disease in migrants. She has co-authored several chapters in medical textbooks in areas including economics of travel medicine, migrant medicine and hepatitis. Her current focus is delivering primary health care to a migrant population in upstate NY, with research interests that include chronic and infectious diseases among this population. She is a founding member of ISTM and serves on the Professional Education Committee, organizing "expert opinion." She is a site director for the GeoSentinel network, serves on the ATHNA board and served as a member of the ISTM Executive Board from 2005-2009.

Ron Behrens, United Kingdom, 2005 – 2009

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David R. Shlim, United States of America, 2007 – 2011

David R. Shlim 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, and the publications committee. He has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Travel Medicine since its inaugural issue.

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.

Eric Caumes, France, 2007 – 2011

Eric Caumes 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.

Lin H. Chen, United States of America, 2009 – 2013

Lin H. Chen Lin H. Chen is the Director of the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She graduated from Harvard University and Jefferson Medical College, and trained in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital and infectious diseases at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and completed a medical education fellowship. She was a medical education visitor to the Armed Forces Research Institute in Medical Science (AFRIMS)-Kwai River Christian Hospital (Thailand) and attended the Gorgas Expert Course (Peru).

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 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 is a site director for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network, and Global Travel Epidemiology Network.

Dr. Chen serves on the Professional Education and Training Committee, and serves as Associate Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for CISTM14 and 15. 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.

Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore, 2009 – 2013

Annelies Wilder-Smith Prof. Wilder-Smith is the Director of the Travellers Screening and Vaccination Clinic at the National University Hospital Singapore. Her expertise is travel medicine and international health, with a focus on vaccine preventable diseases and emerging infectious diseases. She is coordinator of global health courses and the module on communicable diseases for the MPH program at the National University Singapore. She is a Joint Associate Professor with Duke-NUS in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Program.

Her research interests are dengue, meningococcal disease, tuberculosis, SARS, and other emerging diseases. She holds a PhD in International Health from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked in various countries including China, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore and Germany.

Dr. Wilder-Smith has published more than 85 scientific papers in international peer reviewed journals. She is co-editor of Travel medicine: tales behind the science (Elsevier, 2007) and editor of the WHO International Travel and Health 2007 and 2008. She co-edited and co-authored various textbooks including the Manual of Travel Medicine & Health (Steffen/DuPont/Wilder-Smith, 2007, B.C. Decker Inc).

Dr. Wilder-Smith is Editorial Consultant to The Lancet and Technical Advisor to WHO related to international travel and health. She is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Travel Medicine, Co-Chair for the Asia Pacific Travel Medicine Conference in Melbourne 2008, and Special Advisor to GeoSentinel. She also is the President-elect of the Asia Pacific Society of Travel Medicine.

Furthermore, Prof Wilder-Smith serves as consultant to various NGOs in Asia and is the research consultant to The Leprosy Mission. Since 2001, she is the Medical Director for a Community Health Project in South India.

Francesco Castelli, Italy, 2011 – 2015

Francesco Castelli Bio not available at this time.

Karin Leder, Australia, 2011 – 2015

Karin Leder Associate Professor Karin Leder is the Director of Travel Medicine and Immigrant Health Services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a large tertiary referral hospital in Australia. She is also Head of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit in the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians, and she has a Masters of Public Health degree (Harvard University), a PhD (Monash University), and a DTMH (Gorgas).

Dr Leder's main research interests include travel health, the burden of imported infections, immigrant / refugee health, research methodology, and public health issues associated with water use. She is author of over 70 peer-reviewed papers and co-author of a number of book chapters related to travel medicine and parasitic infections. She is also the Section Editor for the Travel Medicine section for UpToDate.

Dr Leder is the GeoSentinel Site Director for Melbourne, the current Chair of the GeoSentinel Publication Committee, and a member of the ISTM Research Awards Committee. She has also been a member of the Scientific Program Committee for CISTM11 (Budapest) and CISTM 12 (Boston), as well as for the Asia Pacific Travel Health Conference in Melbourne (2008). She is the co-chair of the Asia Pacific Travel Health Conference to be held in Singapore, 2012. Dr Leder is also a regular contributor to and referee for the Journal of Travel Medicine.

David Hamer, United States of America, 2013 – 2017

David Hamer 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.

Marc Mendelson, South Africa, 2013 – 2017

Marc Mendelson 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.

Secretary-Treasurers (non-voting)

Hans Lobel, United States of America, 1991 – 1994

Hans O. LobelHans Lobel passed away in 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Hans was appointed the first full-time CDC officer for malaria surveillance in 1966. In the early 1980's it became apparent that one of the agents used for malaria prophylaxis, pyrimethamine-sulfadoxin (Fansidar, produced by Roche), was associated with severe cutaneous adverse events. At a meeting at the Roche headquarters in Basel, Hans and myself met and based on common interests in travelers' health we became friends. Hans greatly contributed to the first Conference on International Travel Medicine organized in Zurich 1988. One debate I remember from that period concerned the name: should that be travel medicine, tourist medicine, emporiatrics? Since that gathering was successful over expectations, he took the initiative to organize a second meeting in Atlanta in 1991 in close collaboration with Phyllis Kozarsky from Emory University. Then, together with Herbert L. DuPont from Houston who for several years had collaborated with me in travelers' diarrhea research, the four of us launched the initiative to found the International Society of Travel Medicine. Hans became its first Secretary/Treasurer and based in his CDC office in Atlanta he served the ISTM until 1994. Upon retirement he decided to concentrate on family life and sailing in Hilton Head, SC.

Hans was a colleague with visions and a strong mind. Discussions with him were stimulating, occasionally they could become agitated, often they were interrupted by laughter, and finally they always were constructive. Hans was an achiever who worked relentlessly in the interest of travelers' health, not only to set up the Society, but also as a scientist. With various among us he has collaborated in malaria studies. Some of these were conducted 'in the field', such as distributing questionnaires daily around midnight for a period of time in the departure lounges of the Nairobi Airport semicircle, occasionally treating an obvious case of malaria on-site.

Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America, 1994 – 1997

Phyllis Kozarsky 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.

Frank von Sonnenburg, Germany, 1997 – 2005

Frank von Sonnenburg Frank v. Sonnenburg, M.D., MPH, is currently the Deputy Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich and Head of the Section of International Medicine and Public Health.

Prof. v. Sonnenburg is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specialized in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He worked extensively in developing countries on a variety of infectious diseases projects and in public health in general. Prof. v. Sonnenburg spent much time working in the Philippines, Tanzania and Jamaica. He also had the opportunity to work with the late Dr. Jonathan Mann for several years in Geneva in his Global Programme on AIDS.

Although Prof. v. Sonnenburg continued to participate in international studies, he has focused his energies more recently closer to home - being available to the 2 teenage sons, mentoring students, improving the travel clinic, and spending time on ISTM initiatives such as the meetings, the secretary/treasury and GeoSentinel. He has served as the secretary treasurer of the ISTM and was the chair of the CISTM7 in Innsbruck, Austria.

David O. Freedman, United States of America, 2005 – 2013

David Freedman Secretary-Treasurer (2005-2013) David O. Freedman, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and has directed the UAB Travelers Health Clinic since 1989. He is Managing Senior Director and Chief Travel Medicine advisor for Shoreland Travax where he oversees database development for a range of international travel support resources.

He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and his MD from the University of Toronto. After residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Infectious diseases at McGill University, he completed post-doctoral training with the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIAID.

He is President of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine and directs the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine that is given for 2 months each year in Peru. He is Associate Editor of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal and on the. He is a co-author of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Clinical Practice Guidelines on Travel Medicine and is co-Editor of the textbook, Travel Medicine. From 1995-2013 he was Director of ISTM's global GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, which he co-founded. GeoSentinel developed the largest database of ill travelers available in collaboration with 55 ISTM travel/tropical medicine units on six continents with over 40 peer-reviewed publications during this time.

Prior ISTM service: One of 287 founding members in 1991. Counsellor 1999-2003. Chair, Electronic Communications Committee (1995-2005). Founder, ISTM TravelMed listserv. Chair, Scientific Program Committee for CISTM7 in Innsbruck and CISTM9 in Lisbon. Editorial Board of the Journal of Travel Medicine (2013-). Member, CTH Exam Committee 1999-2005.