Gerald Keusch

Center for Global Health & Development, Boston University

Dr. Keusch is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in academic medicine for his entire career, currently as Professor of Medicine and International Health at Boston University where he serves as an Associate Director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Senior Advisor to the Center for Global Health & Development, and Special Assistant for Global Health to the University President. His research has focused on infectious diseases relevant to developing countries, from molecular pathogenesis to field research on diarrheal disease, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of over 300 original publications, reviews, and book chapters, and is the editor of 8 scientific books.

Over his career he has received all three major awards of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, including the Squibb, Bristol, and Finland Lectureship awards. He has served as President of the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society and on the Council of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Keusch was co-chair of an IOM/NRC report released in September 2009 titled “Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases.” He is a member of multiple committees for the Tropical Diseases Research Program at WHO, chairing the TropicaNet Advisory Committee. Prior to his present appointments, he was Associate Director for International Research in the office of the Director, and Director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health from 1998 to 2004, and Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center from 1979 to 1998.