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Joseph R. Zunt, MPH, MD, BA

Professor, Neurology (primary department)
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Zunt is board-certified in neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Society for Neurovirology, the North American Neurocysticercosis Consortium, the Sociedad Peruana de Neurologia and the World Federation of Neurology. He is Co-Director of the CFAR International Core and of the Program for Education and Research in Latin America (PERLA), PI of one of five NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program Consortia, member of the Department of Global Health Curriculum Advisory Group, Global Health Pathway Working Group and Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Advisory Group.

Since 1996, he has built a collaborative research and training network involving the University of Washington and numerous medical centers, nongovernmental organizations and universities throughout Peru. His research interests in Peru include:

  1. clinical, neurologic and virologic manifestations of HIV, HTLV-I, and HTLV-II infections and coinfections in the general population and in marginalized populations, including commercial sex workers (CSW), men who have sex with men, and people with neurologic disabilities
  2. HPV and other sexually transmitted infections in CSW
  3. viral and "tropical" infections of the nervous system
  4. assessment and education of CSW and adolescents regarding STI, violence and reproductive health
  5. clinical, operational and health services research and training for AID and TB infections
  6. multidisciplinary evaluation of health and the built environment in slums

Contact Information
Box 359775
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue, Room 3EH70
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-744-3251
Fax: 206-744-8787


Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of central nervous system infections in South America with emphasis on retroviruses
  • Viral meningoencephalitis

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington, SPH 1998
MD, Medicine, University of Minnesota, School of Medicine 1991
BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota 1986



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