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Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTMH
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Family Medicine Residency
Phone: 206 528-8000

Biographical Information

B.A., Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 1980
M.D., UC San Diego, 1985
Residency: San Jose Medical Center, Stanford, 1988
DTM&H: The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Med., Lima, Peru, 2000
MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 2005

Teaching Interests & Roles

Global health, including tropical medicine, travel medicine, medical education in low-resource settings, and disaster medicine.

Research Interests & Roles

Motor vehicle accidents in low-resource nations, predictive models of complex humanitarian emergencies, threats to health in urban environments in low-income nations.

Current Projects

With another UW physician, Dr, Paul Pottinger, I’m helping to establish a 3-month annual course in tropical medicine in East Africa. Based in both Tanzania and Uganda, this course accepts 60 physicians each year (one-third from Africa, two-thirds from Europe, North America, and elsewhere). This course is supported in part by a grant from UW’s Dept. of Global Health. The course is governed by a five-institution consortium: UW, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Makerere University (Uganda), and Kilimanjaro Medical Center (Tanzania).

Since 2005 I’ve served as a Medical Officer on IMSuRT- (International Medical-Surgical Response Team) West, a US federal disaster response team based at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. My six deployments have included New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Chair, biennial UW CME course Update: Travel Medicine and Global Health.

Director, UW Travel Clinic at the Family Medicine Residency, at UW Northgate Neighborhood Clinic

Founder and Faculty Adviser, Global Health Area of Concentration, University of Washington Family Medicine Residency.

Faculty Director, Global Health Interest Group, University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program.

UW Committee: UW Physicians’ Information Technology Advisory Committee, Sept. 2011 to present. Chair: Dr. Larry S. Dean.

Card-holding member, Melville Society.

Selected Publications

Sanford, C: The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health. University of Washington Press. May 2008.

Jong EC, Sanford C (eds.): The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition. Elsevier, 2008.

journal articles
Sanford C: Urban Medicine: Threats to Health of Travelers to Developing World Cities. (review article) Journal of Travel Medicine 2004; 11:313-327.

Sanford, C; Jui, J; Miller, H; Jobe, K: Medical Treatment at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after Hurricane Katrina: The Experience of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams WA-1 and OR-2. Journal of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. (2007)5, 230-235.

Talbot EA, Chen LH, Sanford C, McCarthy A, Leder K: Travel Medicine Research Priorities: Establishing an Evidence Base. Journal of Travel Medicine; Volume 17, Issue 6, pp. 410–415, November/December 2010. Article first published online: 2 Nov. 2010.