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Jessica  Fairley

Associate Professor

Jointly Appointed, Global Health

Dr. Fairley received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University. She then completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown University followed by fellowship in infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland OH. During fellowship, she completed the Diploma Program in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She subsequently earned a Masters in Public Health in global epidemiology from Emory University in 2016. Dr. Fairley joined Emory in 2010 and currently holds a primary appointment as associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. She is also jointly appointed in Rollins School of Public Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health, where she teaches and mentors students. She works at Emory TravelWell Center where her clinical scope involves preparing travelers for international travel and evaluating returning travelers or immigrants with various syndromes or infections. She also directs the Emory Hansen’s Disease Program, a satellite clinic of the National Hansen’s Disease Program, whose mission is to care for patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and to raise awareness of the disease. Her research and academic interests center around the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases, in particular, leprosy. Projects focus on the susceptibility, transmission, and morbidity of leprosy by investigating the role of parasitic co-infections, micronutrient deficiencies and environmental reservoirs of M. leprae infection in Minas Gerais, Brazil and North Gondar, Ethiopia. She is also interested in planetary health and climate change affects on infectious diseases in Georgia and other regions. Lastly, she has taught core Global Health courses at RSPH and the College. 

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Areas of Interest

  • Climate and Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Tropical Medicine


  • BS 1997, Georgetown University
  • MD 2003, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • MPH 2016, Rollins School of Public Health


  • , , COVID-19 serology at population scale: SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody responses in saliva, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, ,
  • , , Poor WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Conditions Are Associated with Leprosy in North Gondar, Ethiopia., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ,
  • , , A Tale of Two Neglected Tropical Infections: Using GIS to Assess the Spatial and Temporal Overlap of Schistosomiasis and Leprosy in a Region of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz, 112, 275-280
  • , , Delayed Diagnosis, Leprosy Reactions, and Nerve Injury Among Individuals with Hansen's Disease seen at a U.S. Clinic, Open Forum Infect Dis, 25, 2
  • , , Ebola or Not? Evaluating the ill traveler from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, Open Forum Infect Dis, 18, 1
  • , , Refusal of recommended travel-related vaccines among U.S. international travelers in Global TravEpiNet, J Travel Med, ,
  • , , Birthweight in offspring of mothers with high prevalence of helminth and malaria infection in coastal Kenya, Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg, 88, 48-53