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David O. Freedman, MD

Contributing Editor

  • Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Director, Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine (1995-2015)
  • Managing Senior Director, Shoreland Inc. (Provides clinical decision support tools in vaccinology and other areas for travel medicine practitioners in all practice settings) (1997-2022)

Areas of Special Interest

  • All facets of Infectious Disease with emphasis on clinical tropical medicine parasitology, and travelers' health including vaccinology.
  • Development of surveillance networks to characterize infectious disease morbidity in travelers and migrants.

Professional Recognition & Appointments

  • Associate Editor of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal
  • Associate Editor of the CDC Yellow Book (Health Information for International Travel)
  • Section Editor of the Journal of Travel Medicine
  • Member Roster of Experts, International Health Regulations, World Health Organization
  • Founded the University of Alabama’s Travelers Health Clinic in 1989
  • Past-President, Clinical Group American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Past Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society of Travel Medicine
  • Co-Editor of the Textbook of Travel Medicine, Editions 1-3
  • Co-Founder and Past Director of the global GeoSentinel Surveillance Network
  • Co-Author of the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Travel Medicine – Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Former member of the VA Merit Review Infectious Diseases Study Section
  • Past Chair of the Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases of the US Pharmacopeia
  • Former Councilor of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Best Doctors in America list, American Health (2005-2020)
  • 2010 Honor Award Recipient - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Publication Highlights

Published 115 articles in peer reviewed journals including:


  • McGill University (BSc Honors)
  • University of Toronto  (Medical School)
  • McGill University and National Institutes of Health (Residency and Fellowship)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases (Post-doctoral training)