2010 Sten H. Vermund, M.D., ‘77

Dr. Sten Vermund is a member of the Class of 1977. Since graduating from Einstein, he has established himself as a leader in global health research and teaching. As professor of pediatrics and Amos Christie Chair in Global Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he directs the university-wide Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. His extensive work in global health includes serving in numerous roles, including principal investigator for the HIV Prevention Trials Network, funded by the NIH, that conducts HIV prevention clinical trials in Africa, Asia, and the Americas; head of the Vanderbilt- Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) AIDS International Training and Research Program, through which he works with institutions in Zambia, Mozambique, India, Pakistan, and China in research capacity building; and head of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Support Center at Vanderbilt-AAMC, which sponsors 100 trainees around the world each year from 22 countries for at least 1 year of mentored overseas research. He co-founded the aforementioned CIDRZ in 2000; Friends in Global Health, LLC, in Mozambique and Nigeria in 2006; the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Peru in 1996; the Sparkman Center Global Summer Institute when he was at the U. of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000; and a unique south-to-north course in infectious disease control and surveillance at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica in 2000. For his service as chief of the Vaccine Trials and Epidemiology Branch in the Division of AIDS at NIAID, he was awarded the Superior Service Award of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1994, its highest civilian award. Over a span of 30 years, his contributions in infectious disease, epidemiology, women's and children's health, and global health are presented in 240 peer reviewed articles and 100 book chapters, reviews, and other contributions. He received his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, his epidemiology masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and his pediatrics and epidemiology doctoral training at Columbia University.  He is married to Pilar Vargas, Ph.D., M.D. '77, whom he met at Einstein in their first-year histology class. Their sons are Julian, an optometrist, and Gabriel, a graduate student.


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