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David  Addiss


Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct or Visiting, Global Health

As Director of the Children Without Worms program at the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. Addiss is responsible for the overall success of the program by providing leadership and technical expertise. He also oversees strategic program development, financial management, and collaboration with external partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, NGOs, and other organizations involved in the control of STH around the world.

Prior to joining the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. Addiss was a Physician Consultant at Holos Associates, PLC in Michigan where he provided services in preventive medicine, science, and global health. In addition, Dr. Addiss taught at Kalamazoo College, where he was a Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Dr. Addiss was also a Senior Program Officer at the Science and Spirituality Program at the Fetzer Institute in Michigan where he was responsible for directing and planning Fetzer’s research program. While at Fetzer, Dr. Addiss collaborated with the WHO on violence prevention and with the Task Force for Global Health on the role of compassion in global health, among others.  Prior to this, Dr. Addiss spent 20 years at CDC where he conducted research on the prevention and control of parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases. He co-founded and co-directed the WHO's Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas, based at CDC. He also served as the CDC liaison to the Mectizan Expert Committee and as a technical advisor to the WHO and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.

Dr. Addiss received an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and an MPH at Johns Hopkins University.


October 2011 –  present       


Children Without Worms

Task Force for Global Health

Decatur, Georgia


February - June 2011


Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI


July 2010 – October 2011

Physician Consultant

Holos Associates, PLC, Kalamazoo, Michigan


June 2006 – July 2010

Senior Program Officer

Fetzer Institute

Kalamazoo, Michigan


July 1988 – May 2006                                                  

Medical Epidemiologist

Division of Parasitic Diseases

National Center for Infectious Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Contact Information

325 Swanton Way ,

Decatur , GA 30030


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Areas of Interest

  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease


  • MD 1981, Medical College of Georgia
  • MPH 1985, Johns Hopkins University


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