david_freedman David O. Freedman, MD

Professional training
Medical School: University of Toronto
Residency: Internal Medicine, McGill University
Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, McGill and National Institues of Health
Post-doctoral training: Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIAID

Research interests
David O. Freedman is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and has directed the UAB Travelers Health Clinic since 1989. For the past 18 years he has been Director of the global GeoSentinel Surveillance Network which he co-founded and which currently maintains the largest database of ill travelers available. GeoSentinel is network of 55 travel/tropical medicine units In 24 countries on six continents that is funded by the CDC. He also directs the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Peru. He is on the Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and has served as Scientific Program Chair for two Conferences of the ISTM. He is co-Editor of the textbook, Travel Medicine now in its 3rd Edition, and a co-author of the IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines on Travel Medicine.

His research focuses on clinical tropical medicine and immuno-parasitology, including the development of surveillance networks to characterize infectious disease morbidity in travelers and migrants. He was a Member of the VA Merit Review Infectious Diseases Study Section (1997-2000), Chair of the Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases of the US Pharmacopeia (1995-2000), and a Councilor of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1998-2002). Funded research projects have been completed in India, Guatemala, Ghana, Brazil, and Peru in addition to the 24 countries where GeoSentinel operates. He consults regularly for industry, government and multinational corporations on emerging infections and preparedness.