William Stauffer, MD, MSPH, FASTMH

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

William Stauffer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250, Room D416 Mayo
Memorial Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
IDIM Admin

Administrative Phone
612-624-9996

Administrative Email
IDIMDivision@umn.edu

Administrative Fax Number
612-625-4410

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine


Travel and Tropical Medicine


Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Summary

Dr. William Stauffer is a Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He also holds appointments in the Pediatrics and in the School of Public Health. He is the Director of Human Migration and Health at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. His clinical practice is at Regions Hospital, Infectious Diseases, with an outpatient practice at the Travel and Tropical Medicine Specialty Clinic. He is an expert in travel and tropical medicine working in clinical medicine, surveillance, and policy development. Since 2005 he has served as the Lead Medical Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (Immigrant, Refugee, Migrant Health Branch) where he works on issues of human mobility and how it effects human health (e.g. refugee & immigrant health). He Co-Directs the UMN/CDC Global Health Course and other online courses. He works extensively overseas in clinical medicine education, research and in public health in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle east. He is the director for the United Nations Migration Agency, University of Minnesota Collaborative. He is also a co-PI for a new COVID National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants. His research areas have included refugee and immigrant health issues, infectious disease surveillance, diagnostics, neglected tropical diseases, evaluations of public health programs. He acts as an advisor to the European Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and chairs an Inter-Governmental Refugee Health Work-Group aimed at aligning medical management of refugees.

Expertise

  • How human mobility affects infectious diseases.

Awards & Recognition

  • Medical/Technical Advisor. European Union Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Euro Health Group. EU/EAA Evidence Based Infectious Disease Guidelines (2015- pres)
  • Advisor. Regional Emmy® Award (Upper Midwest). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Recognition for contribution to the Regional Emmy® winning production “American Heart”. Topical Documentary. (2014)
  • Fellow, Inaugural year. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  • Nakano Citation. Honor Award Certificate. National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)
  • Director’s Recognition Award. National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011)
  • Health Equity Award. National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009)
  • Honor Award for exemplary partnership in clinical and epidemiologic monitoring of illness related to international travel. National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009)
  • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Selected as only Minnesotan in the top U.S. Travel Physicians. (2007)
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center Education Excellence Award. (2006)

Professional Associations

  • Lead Medical Advisor, Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infections.
  • Staff, Infectious Diseases & Tropical and Travel Medicine Clinic, HealthPartners

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Interests

Primary work is on infections and diseases in mobile populations including refugees, immigrants, migrants, and travelers. Currently working on prevention of importation of malaria into the United States through African VFR travelers, point-of-care diagnostics (e.g. malaria, Loa loa), soil-transmitted helminths and other neglected tropical diseases, zoonotic infections, drug pricing for neglected diseases, and cost-evaluation of public health interventions.

Research Support

Active

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/International Organization for Migration
    Goal: Building a National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants for COVID-19 prevention, contact tracing, and mitigation programs
    Role: PI
    Program link: https:nrcrim.umn.edu
  • United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Goal: Building bilateral medical capacity for refugee resettlement
    Role: PI
    Program Link: https:// https://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/un-mig...
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10/01/2015-09/31/2019
    The CENTER: Centers for Excellence, a Network for Training and Epidemiology in Refugee/Newcomer Health.
    Goal: Development of a Centers of Clinical, Research and Policy Excellence in Refugee Health
    Role: CDC Advisor to Minnesota Grant.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCEZID RVA-CK-14-004) Stauffer (PI) 10/01/14-09/30/19
    "Reducing US malaria by testing multiple interventions in a multisite stepped wedge design".
    Goal: Three center proposal (Minnesota, Washington DC, NYC-Bronx) to decrease malaria importation into the US through VFR travelers
    Role: PI
  • Arnold Ventures
    Goal: Sole-source, Off-patent Drugs in the United States: Prevalence, Pricing, and Populations Affected
    Role: Co-investigator (Dr. Jon Alpern, PI)

Publications

  • Stauffer WM, Alpern JD, Walker PF. COVID-19 and Dexamethasone. A potential strategy to avoid steroid-related Strongyloides hyperinfection. JAMA. Published online July 30, 2020. Doi:10.1001/jama.2020.13170.
  • Volkman HR, Walz EJ, Wanduragala D, Schiffman E, Frosch A, Alpern JD, Walker PF, Angelo KM, Coyle C, Mohamud MA, Mwangi E, Haizel-Cobbina J, Nchanji C, Stauffer WM. Barriers to malaria prevention among immigrant travelers in the United States who visit friends and relatives in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-sectional, multi-setting survey of knowledge, attitudes, and practices. PLoS ONE 2020. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229565.
  • Goers M, Ope MO, Samuals A, Gitu N, Akandwanaho S, Nabwami G, Nyoka R, Cetron MS, Dalal W, Conroy AL, Cantey P, John C, Naoum M, Weinberg M, Marano N, Stauffer W. Splenomegaly of unknown etiology in Congolese refugees. Morb Mort Wkly Rep 2016;65(35):943-44.
  • Alpern JD, Song J, Stauffer WM. Essential medicines in the United States—Why access is diminishing. N Engl J Med 2016;374(20):1904-1907.
  • Kesselheim AS, Alpern JD, Stauffer WM. High-cost generic drugs—implications for patients and policy makers. N Engl J Med 2015;372(7):686.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Global Health

Courses

Co-director of the UMN /CDC Global Health Course; Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine Course, Faculty

Clinical

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Clinical Interests

Tropical medicine; Parasitology, Travel and Tropical Medicine, General Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Adult Infectious Disease