Claire B. Panosian MD, DTM & H (London)
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.