CGH Director, Richard L. Guerrant, MD named a 2012 Virginia's Outstanding Scientist
Governor McDonnell Announces 2012 Virginia's Outstanding Scientists
Richard L. Guerrant, M.D. is known as an international leader in
infectious diseases and global health who has devoted his career to the
study of gastrointestinal pathogens. Dr. Guerrant currently holds the
positions of Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine and
Director for the Center of Global Health at the University of Virginia.
His in-depth research has brought attention to the long-term physical
and cognitive impact of early childhood diarrhea caused by a lack of
adequate water and sanitation. Through his work, Dr. Guerrant was able
discover three emerging pathogens as the leading causes of persistent
diarrhea and to define the cognitive deficit most affected was similar
to that seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
Throughout his career, Dr. Guerrant has been awarded many honors including the prestigious Walter Reed Medal presented by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and currently chairs its Board on Global Health. Serving on several editorial and advisory boards, Dr. Guerrant has collaborated with the WHO and USDA. Dr. Guerrant has contributed to over 300 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact medical journals and been the editor of six books including Tropical Infectious Diseases and Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract.