David Addiss

David Addiss, MD, MPH is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health.  He is a senior scientist at the Task Force for Global Health and Adjunct Professor at the Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame, where he teaches global health ethics.  After working as a general medical practitioner in a migrant health clinic in the San Joaquin Valley of California, David trained in public health at The Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and a completed a Preventive Medicine residency at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1988.  As a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Parasitic Diseases at CDC, 1988-2006, David focused on the epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases – causes of immense suffering and disability.  He co-founded and co-directed the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas.  From 2006 to 2010 David directed the program on science and spirituality at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He returned to Atlanta in 2011 to lead the Children Without Worms program at the Task Force for Global Health, at the same time co-founding the Center for Compassion and Global Health (www.ccagh.org).  Current interests include global health ethics; the role of compassion in global health; mindfulness and global health; ethical reflection and formation for global health practitioners; moral distress and divided loyalties in global health; ethics of care in global health; and the ethics of mass drug administration for control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases.