US General William Crawford Gorgas, a tropical medicine pioneer and native Alabamian, is credited with the elimination of yellow fever and malaria that allowed the Panama Canal to be built. For over 60 years, until the loss of congressional funding in 1990, the Gorgas Memorial Institute (GMI) based in Washington, DC operated the Gorgas Laboratories in Panama. 

The GMI was incorporated to UAB in 1992 in order to carry on its tradition of research, service and training. At its 1995 Board of Directors meeting, the GMI approved resumption of its educational mission initially started in Panama by establishing the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine as a clinical training initiative to be held in English in the tropics.  The course was launched as a collaborative partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia with the purpose of filling an educational gap for the international medical community seeking for an intensive experience in tropical medicine with a focus in clinical activities and substantial exposure to real patients.

Over the years two courses have been established, The Gorgas Diploma Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and The Gorgas Advanced Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine.  After more than two decades of uninterrupted activity, the Gorgas Courses have trained more than 800 participants.  Faculty teaching in the course attend yearly from the following institutions worldwide:  Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Imperial College London, J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at McGill University, University of Oxford,  Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the US Navy Medical Research Center Detachment -Peru.

Gorgas Courses

The Gorgas Memorial Courses are comprised of two parts: The Gorgas Diploma Course and The Gorgas Advanced Course.  After more than two decades of uninterrupted activity the Gorgas Courses have trained more than 800 participants.  Faculty teaching in the course attend yearly from the following institutions worldwide: Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Imperial College London, J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at McGill University, University of Oxford,  Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the US Navy Medical Research Center Detachment-Peru .

The Gorgas Courses in Clinical Tropical Medicine are held at the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute in Lima, Peru, located right next to the Tropical Diseases Unit of the Cayetano Heredia Hospital, the major tropical diseases referral center for Peru. The diverse geography of the country provides the participants with the unparalleled opportunity of a first-hand  exposure to the unique wide spectrum of tropical diseases that concentrate in this facility including: anthrax, bartonellosis, brucellosis, chancroid, cholera, leptospirosis, leprosy, HTLV-1, HIV, viral hepatitis, oropouche virus, yellow fever, rabies, malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas’ disease, cyclosporiasis, strongyloidiasis, cysticercosis, echinococcosis, paragonimiasis, diphyllobothriasis, fasciolasis, histoplasmosis, sporotrichosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, chromomycosis and accidents with poisonous animals.

The Gorgas Institute

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, providing an interdisciplinary research environment, and promoting growth and awareness throughout our faculty and staff.

The Division of Infectious Diseases is involved in various activities relating to the traditional academic missions of education, patient care and research. The Division consists of 48 full-time and two emeritus faculty, nine fellows and 130 support staff; including: administrators, office associates and assistants, fiscal/grant specialists, technicians, study coordinators and study nurses.

Research

We are internationally recognized for fostering an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on strong relationships between investigators in the basic sciences, clinical research, bioinformatics, and epidemiology and bio-statistics. These interactions create opportunities for discovery and implementation science aimed at advancing the prevention and management of infectious diseases.

Education

Throughout the Division, we have many enriching and educational opportunities for our faculty and trainees. We are proud to also host national and international programs specializing in tropical medicine and STD/HIV prevention. 

Patient Care

We are dedicated to providing compassionate care for all of our patients. With multiple clinics across the UAB Medicine campus, we provide patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services.