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Claire Panosian, MD


Claire Panosian, MD

UCLA Physician Claire Panosian, MD specializes in Infectious Disease.
Infectious Disease
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 206-7663
Voted Super Doctor

UCLA Infectious Disease
200 UCLA Medical Plaza 365-C
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1982
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1980
Infectious Disease, New England Medical Center, 1980 - 1983
Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 1979 - 1979
Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1977 - 1980
Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1976 - 1977
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1976
Travel Medicine, Tropical Diseases
Department Affiliation
Provider, Infectious Diseases
Additional Information
Claire B. Panosian MD, DTM & H (London)
Emeritus Professor

Major Interests: Clinical Tropical Medicine, Global health Policy, Medical Journalism

Claire Panosian (Dunavan) graduated from Stanford University, Northwestern Medical School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern and her fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts-New England Medical Center. In 1984, she became Chief of Infectious Diseases at LA County-Olive View Medical Center; three years later, she moved to UCLA Medical Center and launched its first-ever program in travel and tropical medicine. While at UCLA, she has also taught global health and development on the main university campus.

Internationally, Dr. Panosian has worked throughout the Pacific Rim, as well as Haiti, Armenia, Albania, Pakistan, and Tanzania. In 2002, she became a senior consultant to the IOM Board on Global Health. In 2005, with Dr. Thomas Coates, she co-founded the UCLA Program in Global Health. In 2008, she was President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She currently serves on the board of the UC system-wide Global Health Institute. Her second career in medical journalism includes several years at Lifetime Television; in the 1990s, she began writing for the Los Angeles Times. In recent years, her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, JAMA and Health Affairs; her popular articles and columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Scientific American, and Discover magazine. She currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column called "The Infection Files" which runs in many southern California newspapers.

Selected Publications

Medical press

  • Zaghi D, Panosian C, Gutierrez MA, Gregson A, Taylor E, Ochoa MT. New World cutaneous leishmaniasis: current challenges in diagnosis and parenteral treatment. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Mar 64(3): 587-92.
  • Panosian C. Courting Danger while Doing Good-Protecting global health workers from harm. N Engl J Med 2010 Dec 23; 363 (26):2484-2485.
  • Panosian C, Coates T. The New Medical "Missionaries" - Grooming the Next Generation of Global Health Workers. N Engl J Med 2006;354(17):1771-3.
  • Magill A, Panosian C. Making anti-malarial agents available in the U.S. N Engl J Med 2005;353(4):335-7.
  • Wolfe N, Panosian Dunavan C, Diamond J. Origins of human infectious diseases, Nature 2007; 447:279-283.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. Awakening to Global Health, Health Affairs 2007; 26:1135-40.

Popular press

  • Panosian Dunavan C. Shingles-the Rip Van Winkle virus, Discover magazine, 2012 (in press).
  • Panosian Dunavan C. The anti-vaccine scare goes epidemic, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13, 2011.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. 'Shock' of an old world, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2010.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. When antibiotics kill the wrong bacteria, Discover magazine, December 2010.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. Deadly duo: histoplasmosis and hepatitis C, June 2010.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. Tackling Malaria, Scientific American, Dec 2005.
  • Panosian Dunavan C. Fighting the parasite from hell, Discover Magazine, Aug 2005.

Policy reports

  • Arrow, KA, Panosian CB, Gelband H (eds.) 2004. "Saving Lives, Buying Time: The Economics of Malaria in an Age of Resistance," National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Mullan F, Panosian CB, Cuff P (eds.) 2005. "Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human Resource Crisis in HIV/AIDS," National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

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