School of Public Health

Zunt, Joseph

Joseph Zunt

Professor, Neurology
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


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

Contact Info

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

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


Research Interests

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