Tropical Medicine and Global Health

The Tropical Medicine and Global Health Program offers research and clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of travel-related illnesses ( e.g. diarrhea, fever of unknown origin, malaria, arboviral infections), and infectious diseases acquired abroad as well as locally (e.g. Neurocysticercosis, Strongyloidiasis, Chagas Disease, Babesiosis, Borreliosis, Erlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever).

Our research in Tropical Medicine is being performed in collaboration with Dr. Peter Small, Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook. Currently, our main research focus is on neglected tropical diseases including soil-transmitted helminthiasis, cysticercosis, and others. Historically, Stony Brook University Professor and internationally renowned anthropologist Patricia Wright initiated a study of the value of conservation at Centre ValBio, Madagascar. (http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/centre-valbio/about_us/mission.html.) Under Dr. Small’s leadership, clinical, epidemiologic and basic science research of infectious diseases started on the island of Madagascar in 2015. During the summer of 2016, we performed a feasibility study in Madagascar on the use of drones to transport clinical specimens and medications in the management of tuberculosis (https://youtu.be/g-Z0x0ZekTQ). Studies of this nature will continue to expand as we strive to fight against neglected tropical diseases that affect the poorest people in the world.

We also have strong connections and ongoing research activities in LatinAmerica. Dr. Luis Marcos, in collaboration with Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, is currently working on several research projects including bioinformatics and parasitic infections, drug-resistance in parasites, animal models, infectious diseases-related cancers, etc. Dr. Marcos is currently an Associate Investigator of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt in Lima, Peru. 

global health research in Peru

global health research in Peru

global health research in Peru

Pictured below: Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine; Dr Theresa Ochoa, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt in Lima Peru; and Dr Luis A. Marcos, Stony Brook Medicine meet in Lima, Peru to continue strengthening the collaboration in global health research between both institutions.  

global health research
Dr. Luis A. Marcos, Dr. Theresa Ochoa and Dean Kenneth Kaushansky.

Our outpatient practice provides clinical service and expertise in Parasitic and Vector Borne Infectious Diseases on Tuesdays. We are conveniently located at 205 N Belle Mead Ave East Setauket, NY 11733. For appointments call 631-444-3669. Our doctors are fluent in English and Spanish.

* Photo credits to medical students: Paul Castle, Koeun Choi, Jaydon Kiernan, and Hakami Lee.