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Jeffrey K. Griffiths, MD, MPH&TM


Overview

Programs + Specialties
Research Interests How to scale up package of health, nutrition and agricultural interventions (indvidually known to work at a small scale) to a natitional scale, so as to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, the human, animal, and environmental epidemiology of the emerging pathogen Cryptosporidium, development of an ultrastable measles vaccine for use where there is no refrigeration or during emergencies, influence of malnutrition and environmental factors, such as air pollution and heavy metals, on common infectious diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Training + Education Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Harvard School of Public Health; Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certifications Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Tropical Disease/Parasite
NPI # 1467541342
Gender Male
Language(s) French, Spanish

Locations + Directions

Tufts Medical Center
Biewend Building, 3rd Floor
800 Washington St.
Box 41
Boston, MA 02111
Fax #: 617-636-4017
Phone #: 617-636-7010

Publications + National Presentations

1. Checkley W, White AC Jr, Jaganath D, Arrowood MJ, Chlamers RM, Chen S-M, Fayer R, Griffiths JK, Guerrant RL, Hedstrom L, Huston C, Kotloff KL, Kang G, Mead JR, Miller M, Petri W Jr, Priest JW, Roos DS, Stripen B, Thompson RCA, Ward HD, Van Voorhis W, Xiao L, Zhu G, Houpt ER. A Review of the Global Burden, Novel Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Vaccine Targets for Cryptosporidiosis. Lancet Infectious Diseases (in press).

2. Kayser GL, Moomaw W, Orellana Portillo JM, Griffiths JK. Circuit-Rider post-construction support: Improvements in domestic water quality and system sustainability in El Salvador. J Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. (in press)

3. Sponseller J, Griffiths JK, Tzipori S. The Evolution of Respiratory Cryptosporidiosis: Evidence for Transmission by Inhalation. Clinical Microbiology Reviews Clin Microbiol Rev. 2014 Jul;27(3):575-586. Review. PMID: 24982322

4. Masters WA, Webb P, Griffiths JK, Deckelbaum RJ. Agriculture, Nutrition and Health in global development: typology and metrics for integrated interventions and research. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2014 Feb 26. Doi:10.1111/nyas.12352 PMID: 24571283

5. Jutla AS, Akanda AS, Griffiths JK, Islam S, Colwell R. 2011. Warming oceans, phytoplankton, and river discharge: Implications for cholera outbreaks. Am J Trop Med Hyg 85:303-308.

6. Harris, AM, Sempértegui F, Estrella B, Narváez X, Egas J, Woodin M, Durant JL, Naumova EN, Griffiths JK. 2011. Air pollution and anemia as risk factors for pneumonia in Ecuadorian children. Environmental Health 2011 Nov 3; 10:93 PMID 22050924

7. Mor, SM, Tumwine J, Ndeezi G, Mahesprathi R, Kaddu-Mwalindwa DH, Tzipori S, Griffiths JK. 2010. Respiratory cryptosporidiosis in HIV-seronegative children, Uganda: potential for respiratory transmission. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010; 50(10):1366-1372.

8. Naumova EN, Jagai JS, Matyas B, DeMaria A Jr., MacNeill IB, Griffiths JK. 2007. Seasonality in Six Enterically Transmitted Diseases and Ambient Temperature. Infection and Immunity 135:281-292

9. Sempértegui F, Estrella E, Camaniero V, Betancourt V, Izurieta R, Ortiz W, Fiallo E, Torres G, Torres D, Toapanta F, Rodrigtuez A, Calchorrano D, Griffiths JK. (1999). Weekly low-dose Vitamin A supplements prevent lower-respiratory tract infections in malnourished Ecuadorian children. Pediatrics http://www.pediatrics.org /cgi/reprint/ 104/1/e1.pdf

10. Griffiths JK. (1998). Human cryptosporidiosis: Epidemiology, transmission, clinical disease, and diagnosis. In: Emerging Human Enteric Protozoan Infections. Ed: Saul Tzipori. Advances in Parasitology, 40:37-85. Academic Press, London.

Biography

Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and an attending in the division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases is this year’s recipient of the Zucker Family Research Prize. Dr. Griffiths was recognized for his many contributions to the area of infectious disease, especially those that are of great concern in the developing world. These include work on the mode of transmission of Cryptosporidium, as well as studies related to the pathogenesis and epidemiology of the parasite. Other studies have addressed the interaction between environmental conditions and nutrition on the health of children and the elderly. Dr. Griffiths continues to work in Africa and South America on multiple projects and is particularly known for his ability to lead the multi-disciplinary teams required to address complex health problems. In addition to his research, he is a well-recognized international leader advising on policies related to water, water-borne disease, and other environmental concerns.

Professional Memberships

Chair, Drinking Water Panel, US EPA Science Advisory Board
Member, US EPA Science Advisory Board