William Stauffer, MD, MSPH, FASTMH

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

William Stauffer

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420 Delaware ST SE
Room D416 Mayo Memorial Building
MMC 250
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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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


Dr. Bill Stauffer is a Professor Departments of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. He also holds appointments in the Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases & in the School of Public Health. He is clinical faculty in Infectious Diseases HealthPartners Specialties Center/Regions Hospital. He is an expert in travel and tropical medicine working in clinical medicine, surveillance and policy development. He serves 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. travel medicine, 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, most recently in Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand, Malaysia. His research areas have included infectious disease surveillance, malaria diagnostics, neglected tropical diseases, cost evaluation of public health programs, strongyloidiasis and viral hepatitis. 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. 

Areas of Expertise

  • How human mobility affects infectious diseases.


  • 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 Summary/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, and cost-evaluation of public health interventions.

Research Support


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 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

United States Aid for International Development (AID-OAA-A-1500014) Pelican/Deen 11/17/14-11/16/19
“Global Workforce development against emerging pandemic threats”
Role: co-investigator


  • Mitchell T, Lee D, Weinberg M, Phares, C; James N, Amornpaisarnloet K, Aumpipat L, Cooley G, Davies A, Daw Tin Shwe V, Gajdadziev V, Gorbacheva O, Khwan-Niam C, Klosovsky A, Madilokkowit W, Martin D, Myint NZH, Nguyen TNY, Nutman T, O'Connell E, Ortega L, Prayadsab S, Srimanee C, Supakunatom W, Vesessmith V, Stauffer, WM. Impact of enhanced health interventions for US-bound refugees: Evaluation of best practices in migration health. Amer J Trop M Hyg 2018;98(3):920-928.
  • Montour J, Lee D, Snider C, Jentes ES, Stauffer WM. Absence of Loa loa microfilaria among newly arrived Congolese refugees in Texas. Amer J Trop Med Hyg 2017;97(6):1833-1835.
  • Alpern J, Zhang L, Stauffer WM, Kesselheim AS. Trends in pricing and generic competition within the oral antibiotic drug market in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2017;65(11):1848-1852. 
  • Walz E, Wilson D, Stauffer JC, Wanduragala D, Stauffer WM, Travis DA, Alpern JD. Incentives for bushmeat consumption and importation among West African Immigrants, Minnesota, USA. Emerg Inf Dis 2017;23(12):2095-97.
  • Varan AK, Lederman ER, Stous SS, Dlson D, Freima JL, Marin M, Lopez AS, Stauffer WM, et al. Serological susceptibility to varicella among US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detainees.J Correctional Health Care 2017;24(1):84-95.
  • Mockenhaupt FP, Barbre KA, Jensenius M, Larsen CS, Barnett ED, Stauffer W, et al. Profile of illness in Syrian refugees: A Geosentinel analysis, 2013-2015. Euro Surveill 2016;21(10): DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.10.30160.
  • Yun K, Urban K, Mamo B, Matheson J, Payton C, Scott KC, Song L, Stauffer WM, et al. Increasing hepatitis B vaccine prevalence among refugee children arriving in the United States, 2006-20012. Amer J Pub Health 2016;106(8):1460-62.
  • 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.
  • Maskery B, Coleman MS, Weinberg M, Zhou W, Rotz L, Klosvosky A, Cantey PT, Fox LM, Cetron MS, Stauffer WM. Analysis of the impact of overseas and domestic treatment and screening options for intestinal helminth infection among US-Bound refugees from Asia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2016:10(8):e0004910. Doi:10:1371/journal.pntd.0004910.
  • Bahr NC, Lee D, Stauffer WM, et al. Seroprevalence of histoplasmosis in Somali, Burmese, and Hmong refugees residing in Thailand and Kenya. J Imm Min Health. May 4, 2017; Doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0595-3.
  • Swanson SJ, Phares CR, Mamo B, Smith KE, Cetron MS, Stauffer WM. Albendazole therapy and enteric parasites in United States-Bound Refugees. N Engl J Med 2012;366:1498-507.
  • Barnett E, Weld L, McCarthy A, So H, Walker PF, Stauffer W, Martin Cetron for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network§. Spectum of illness in international migrants seen at GeoSentinal Clinics in 1997-1999, Part 1: US-bound migrants evaluated by comprehensive protocol-based health assessment. Clin Infect Dis 2013;56(7):913-924.
  • O’Neal S, Townes J, Wilkins P, Noh J, Lee D, Rodriquez S, Garcia H, Stauffer W. Seroprevalence of antibodies against Taenia solium cystercercosis among U.S.-bound refugees. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;85:405-408.
  • Stauffer WM, Painter J, Mamo B, Kaiser R, Weinberg W, Berman S. Short Report. Sexually transmitted infections in newly arrived refugees; is routine testing for Neisseria gonorrheae and Chlamydia trachomatis infection indicated? Amer J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;86(2):292-295.
  • LaRocque RC, Rao SR, Lee J, Ansdell V, Yates JA, Schwartz BS, Knouse M, Cahill J, Hagmann S, Vinetz J, Connor BA, Goad JA, Oladele A, Alvarez S, Stauffer W, et al. Global TravEpiNet: A National Consortium of Clinics Providing Care to International Travelers—Analysis of demographics, travel destinations, and pre-travel health care of high-risk US International Travelers, 2009-2011. Clin Infect Dis. 2012;54(4):455-462.
  • Phares CR, Kapella BK, Doney AC, Arguin PM, Green M, Mekonnen L, Galev A, Weinberg W, Stauffer WM. Presumptive treatment to reduce imported malaria among East African Refugees in the United States. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2011;85:612-615.
  • Balsam AB, Cook BA, Hendel-Paterson BR, Walker PF, Stauffer WM, Boulware BD. Impact of Global Health Residency Training on Medical Knowledge of Immigrant Health. Am J Trop Med Hyg.2011;85:405-408.
  • Hagmann S, Neugebauer R, Schwartz E, Perret C, Castelli F, Barnett ED, Stauffer WM. Illness in children after international travel: Analysis from the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Pediatrics 2010;125:e1079-e1080.
  • Stauffer WM, Cartwright CP, Olson DA, Juni BA, Taylor CM, Bowers SH, Hanson KL, Rosenblatt JE, Boulware DR. Superior diagnostic performance of malaria rapid diagnostic tests as compared to blood smears in U.S. clinic practice. Clin Infect Dis 2009;49;908-913.
  • Bacaner N, Stauffer B, Boulware DR, Walker PR, Keystone JS. Travel medicine for North American visiting friends and relatives. JAMA 2004;291:2856-2864.
  • Myhree K, Stauffer WM, Cetron M. Neglected tropical disease control and elimination: is human displacement an Achilles heel? PLoS Negl Trop Dis March 9, 2015. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.00035353): e0003535. (Mentored Paper)
  • Yun K, Matheson J, Payton C, Scott KC, Stone BL, Song L, Stauffer WM, et al. Health Profiles of Newly-Arrived Refugee Children in Four States, 2006-2012. Am J Pub Health. Accepted Pending
  • Cuffe K, Stauffer WM, Painter J, et al. Notes from the field: Update: vitamin B12 deficiency among Bhutanese refugees resettling in the United States, 2012. MMWR. 2014;63:607. (Mentored paper)
  • Alpern JD, Stauffer WM, Kesselheim AS. Perspective. High-cost generic drugs--Implications for patients and policy makers. N Engl J Med. 2014;371:1859-62. (Mentored Paper)
  • Kesselheim AS, Alpern JD, Stauffer WM. High-cost generic drugs—implications for patients and policy makers. N Engl J Med 2015;372(7):686


Academic Interests and Focus

Global Health


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


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