The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has named Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, associate professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, as the Society’s scientific program chair. Dr. Bausch is the director of the Virology and Emerging Infections Department at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit six in Lima, Peru – where he is currently based.
Dr. Bausch, who has been an active member of the Society since first joining in 1993, is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He specializes in the research and control of emerging tropical viruses. Formerly with the CDC Special Pathogens Branch, Dr. Bausch has extensive experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia combating pathogens such as hantavirus, Lassa viruses, and SARS coronavirus. He traveled to West Africa several times this year, working with the World Health Organization to control Ebola and reduce deaths in the region. In addition to his work with the WHO, Dr. Bausch frequently serves as a consultant for the United Nations and the National Institutes of Health.
“We are honored that our colleague Daniel Bausch has been selected for this important role,” said Dr. Pierre Buekens, dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “He will surely bring tremendous dedication and enthusiasm to the Society’s Annual Meeting. In response to the Ebola outbreak, we have benefitted from his steady and thorough leadership which will be an advantage to the ASTMH over the next three years.”
Dr. Bausch succeeds Dr. Christopher King, professor of international health, medicine and pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The scope of scientific sessions and symposia offered at the meeting, expanded significantly under King’s watch. In addition, King encouraged new session formats and pioneered unique course offerings and supplemental special interest workshops.
“I feel very confident handing the reigns of the meeting over to Daniel Bausch,” Dr. King said. “While Dan is a specialist in the research and control of zoonotic and vector-borne tropical viruses, he stands out because of his vast knowledge of tropical medicine and global health – in both a research and clinical capacity. This is a formidable combination, and I look forward to attending Annual Meetings under his purview.”
Dr. Bausch, who was also named as a fellow of the ASTMH during the Annual Meeting, will begin his three-year term as scientific program chair on January 1, 2015. Dr. Latha Rajan, associate professor of clinical tropical medicine, was also named as a fellow.