Christopher Allen Sanford, MD, MPH, DTMH
Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTM&H, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, and Global Health. He is the Director of the Travel Clinic at the UW Northgate Neighborhood Clinic, and is the Director of the UW Dept. of Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship. He is faculty at the UW Family Medicine Residency at the UW Northgate Neighborhood Clinic, at which also practices family and travel medicine.
He is the lead editor for Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 5th Edition (Elsevier, 2016). He is an administrator and faculty for the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (East African Partnership), a three-month course in tropical medicine held in Uganda and Tanzania each year. His interests include travel and tropical medicine, medical education in both high- and low-resource settings, and disaster medicine.
Teaching Interests & Roles
Global health, including tropical medicine, travel medicine, medical education in low-resource settings, and disaster medicine.
Research Interests & Roles
Travel and tropical medicine, road traffic injury and air pollution in low-income nations, medical education in both high- and low-income settings.
Together with another UW physician, Dr. Paul Pottinger, I teach and administrate in the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (East African Partnership), an intensive three-month course held annually in Tanzania and Uganda. Each year this course is conducted for 72 physicians (24 from Africa, 48 from Europe, North America, and elsewhere). This course is supported 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).
Other ongoing projects include papers on traveler’s diarrhea, the effects of air pollution on international travelers, the formation of the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (East African Partnership), the availability of seat belts in low-income nations; and a second edition of the Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health (University of Washington Press; first edition: 2008).
Chair, biennial UW CME course Update: Travel Medicine and Global Health.
Card-holding member, Melville Society.
Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Works
1. Bias T, Allen C, Buckley A, Hillman A, Lillie T, Goima I, Nyakunga G, Willimann M, Sanford C: Travelers’ Reported Preventive Health Behavior in Jinja, Uganda. Int J Travel Med Glob Health. 2016 Dec;4(4):107-110.
2) Hardy V, Thompson M, Keppel GA, Alto W, Ashworth Dirac M, Neher J, Sanford C, Hornecker J, Cole A. A qualitative study of primary care clinicians’ views on point of care testing for C-reactive protein for acute respiratory tract infections in Family Medicine. BMJ Open, 2017;7:e012503. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012503. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/1/e012503.full?ijkey=FQv7ZPqqugK4S4T&keytype=ref
3. Sanford C, McConnell A, Osborn J: The Pre-Travel Consultation. American Family Physician. Vol. 94. No. 8, pp. 620-627; Oct. 15, 2016.
4. Sanford C, Fung C, Sherwood JK, McDonald A, Tobiason E, Norris TE: The Formation of a Self-Funded Global Health Fellowship within a Department of Family Medicine. International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Spring 2016, pp. 47-52.
5. Sanford CA, Jong EC. Immunizations. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;100(2):247-59.
6. Sanford CA, Fung C. Illness in the Returned International Traveler. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;100(2):393-409.
7. Sanford CA, Pottinger PS. Travel and Adventure Medicine Resources. Med Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;100(2):411-6.
8. Fhogartaigh CN, Sanford C, Behrens RH. Preparing young travellers for low resource destinations. BMJ. 2012 Nov 6;345:e7179.
9. Talbot EA, Chen LH, Sanford C, McCarthy A, Leder K: Travel Medicine Research Priorities: Establishing an Evidence Base. J Travel Med. 2010 Nov-Dec;17(6):410-5.
10. 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. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2007 Jul;5(4):230-5.
11. Sanford C: Urban Medicine: Threats to Health of Travelers to Developing World Cities. J Travel Med. 2004 Sep-Oct;11(5):313-27.
12. Sanford C: Pre-travel advice: an overview. Prim Care. 2002 Dec;29(4):767-85.
1. Sanford, C. Medical Aspects of Travel, Merck Manual Professional Edition, 2016.
2. Sanford, C: Urban Medicine: Threats to Health of Travelers to Developing World Cities. In Sanford C; Pottinger P; and Jong EC: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Fifth Edition. London, Elsevier, 2016.
3. Sanford C, West E, Jacob S: Ebola Virus Disease and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. In Sanford C; Pottinger P; and Jong EC: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Fifth Edition. London, Elsevier, 2016.
4. Sanford, C: Yellow Fever. Atlas of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, 2nd Edition. Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH, and Timothy E. Gibson, Editors. 2015, American Academy of Pediatrics.
5. Sanford, C; Fung, Claire: Illness in the Returned International Traveler. Essential Global Health Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell. Editor-in-Chief: Brett D. Nelson (Harvard Medical School/ Mass. General Hospital). 2015.
6. Sanford, C: Medical Aspects of Travel. Merck Manual, 20th Edition. Editors: Robert S. Porter MD, and Justin L. Kaplan, MD. 2013.
7. Sanford, C: Disasters and infectious diseases. Advanced Disaster Medical Response Manual for Providers, Second Edition. Briggs, Susan M.; Brinsfield, Kathryn H. (eds.). Harvard Medical International Trauma and Disaster Institute. 2013. This will be translated into eight languages, as was the first edition.
8. Sanford, C: Lyme Disease. Netter’s Infectious Diseases. Eds.: Elaine Jong and Dennis L. Stevens. 2011.
9. Sanford, C: Medical Aspects of Travel. Merck Manual, 19th Edition, Editors: Mark H. Beers MD and Robert S. Porter MD. 2009.
10. Sanford, C: Yellow Fever. Atlas of Pediatric Tropical Medicine. Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH, and Timothy E. Gibson, Editors. 2009, American Academy of Pediatrics.
11. Sanford, C: Urban Medicine. In Jong EC, Sanford C: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Fourth Edition, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2008.
12. Sanford, C; and Jong, EC: Common Intestinal Roundworms. In Jong EC, Sanford C: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Fourth Edition, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2008.
13. Sanford, C: Medical Aspects of Travel. Merck Manual, 18th Edition, chapter: Editors: Mark H. Beers MD and Robert S. Porter MD. 2006.
14. Thompson MJ, Sanford C: Infections in travel medicine. Clinics in Family
Practice: Infectious Disease Vol. 5/Edition 1, March 2004. Guest Editor: Paluska S.
15. Sanford CA, Jong EC: Common Intestinal Roundworms. In Jong EC, McMullen R: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Third Edition, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2002.
16. Sanford CA, Jong EC: Cestodes: Intestinal and Extraintestinal Tapeworms, Including
Echinococcus and Cysticercus. In Jong EC, McMullen R: The Travel and Tropical
Medicine Manual, Third Edition, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2002.
17. Sanford CA, Jong EC: The Eosinophilic Patient with Suspected Parasitic Infection. In Jong EC, McMullen R: The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Third Edition,
Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 2002.
18. Sanford CA, Jong EC: Approach to Health Concerns of International Students. In
Turner S, Hurley J. History and Practice of College Health. University of Kentucky Press, 2002.
Sanford C, Pottinger P, Jong EC (eds.): The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 5th Edition. Elsevier. September, 2016.
Jong EC, Sanford C (eds.): The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition, Elsevier, 2008.
2013: Japanese translation. Medical Services International, Ltd., Tokyo.
2011: Chinese translation. Peking University Medical Press.
Sanford, C: The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health. University of Washington Press. May 2008.
Editing: Clinics of North America
Pottinger P, Sanford C (Guest Editors): Medical Clinics of North America, issue on Travel and Adventure Medicine. Elsevier. March 2016.
Sanford CA (Guest Editor): Primary Care Clinics of North America, issue on Travel
Medicine, WB Saunders, Dec. 2002.
Osborn JE, Sanford C: Medication Adherence: Commentary on “Medication Taking in Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Synthesis.” May/Jun 2014, Annals of Family Medicine. Commentary published online 20 November 2014.
Li E, Sanford C: What is the best imaging test for patients with suspected scaphoid fractures and normal plain radiographs? Evidence-Based Practice. Publication: May or June 2017.
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
Sanford, C. Medical Aspects of Travel, Merck Manual Home Edition, 2017.
Sanford C: Travel and Health. Merck Manual, Home Edition, Fifth Edition, 2015.
Op-ed pieces, Seattle Times
1) Sanford, Christopher A; and Pottinger, Paul S: Trump’s reckless linkage of vaccines and autism. Seattle Times, 2 January 2017.
2) Sanford, Christopher: Protein powder doesn’t live up to the hype. Seattle Times.
25 March 2016.
Education & Training
Degree or Credential
|Harvard University, School of Public Health||M.P.H.||2005|
|Cayetano Heredia University, The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine||D.T.M.&H.||2000|
|Stanford University, San Jose Hospial||Residency, Family Medicine||1988|
|University of California, San Diego||M.D.||1985|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||B.A.||1980|
|The Pretravel Consultation.||Sanford C, McConnell A, Osborn J||Am Fam Physician||2016|
|Travel and Adventure Medicine.||Pottinger PS, Sanford CA||Med. Clin. North Am.||2016|
|Travel and Adventure Medicine Resources.||Sanford CA, Pottinger PS||Med. Clin. North Am.||2016|
|Illness in the Returned International Traveler.||Sanford CA, Fung C||Med. Clin. North Am.||2016|
|Immunizations.||Sanford CA, Jong EC||Med. Clin. North Am.||2016|
|Medical treatment at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after hurricane Katrina: the experience of disaster medical assistance teams WA-1 and OR-2.||Sanford C, Jui J, Miller HC, Jobe KA||Travel Med Infect Dis||2007|
|Urban medicine: threats to health of travelers to developing world cities.||Sanford C||J Travel Med|
|Pre-travel advice: an overview.||Sanford C||Prim. Care||2002|