William Stauffer

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


Administrator Info
Name: Becca Johnson
Phone: 612-624-9996
Fax: 612-625-4410
Email: joh07913@umn.edu
Mail: Mayo Memorial Building, MMC 250, 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.

Research Summary


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


  • Dr. Stauffer is working with Indiana University as Executive Field Director for the Kenya AMPATH program until January 31, 2024. Learn more here
  • 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)

Teaching Summary

  • Global Health

Clinical Summary

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


MD, University of Minnesota

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Infectious Diseases, Fellowship
University of Minnesota
Medicine & Pediatrics Residency, Pediatrics, Chief, Residency
University of Minnesota
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Fellowship
University of Minnesota Medical School & Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Honors and Recognition

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
Nakano Citation, Honor Award Certificate. National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Honor Award, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Equity Award, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
Education Excellence Award, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Fellow, Inaugural year. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Medical/Technical Advisor, European Union Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Euro Health Group. EU/EAA Evidence Based Infectious Disease Guidelines (2015- pres)

Professional Memberships

Infectious Diseases & Tropical and Travel Medicine Clinic, HealthPartners, Staff
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, Lead Medical Advisor
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Kesselheim AS, Alpern JD, Stauffer WM. High-cost generic drugs—implications for patients and policy makers. N Engl J Med 2015;372(7):686,
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,
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,
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,