Dr. James H. Diaz, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Program Director at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, was elected to Fellowship by the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Councilors this past October 2018. ASTMH Fellow member status (also known as Fellowship) in the Society is an honor that recognizes sustained professional excellence in any phase of tropical medicine, hygiene, global health, and related disciplines, as well as service to the Society. Dr. Diaz was formally recognized during the 2018 Awards Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Dr. Diaz’s interest in tropical medicine began during his residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (TSPHTM) in 1995. In addition to his interest in mosquito-borne diseases, he has also investigated flea, louse, mite, and tick-transmitted infectious diseases and has published extensively in these areas. He has authored the six-chapter section on Ectoparasitic Diseases in the past three editions of Mandell, Douglas and Bennet’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (Elsevier, Philadelphia, Ninth Edition in press). In summary, his career in tropical medicine has evolved in an incremental fashion supported by his interests in arthropod-borne infectious diseases and will continue to do so.