Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Richard Oberhelman

Professor and Chair - Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences

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Department Affiliation
Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences

  • B.A., Rice University, Spanish, 1977
  • M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical, 1981
Academic Experience
  • Professor and Chair, Tulane University, Dept. of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences, 2012-
  • Professor, Tulane University, Departments of Tropical Medicine and Pediatrics, 2008-
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Tulane University, Departments of Tropical Medicine and Pediatrics, 1997-2007
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, Departments of Tropical Medicine and Pediatrics, 1990-1997
  • Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1988-1990

Research & Teaching Specializations: Global Community Health and Behavorial Sciences, Tuberculosis, Pediatric Health, Gastrointestinal Infections in Children, Peru, Africa

Related Experience
  • Principal Investigator, Inter-American Training Program for Innovations in Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATIEID)
  • Principal Investigator, Tulane-Xavier Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Grant, 2005-
  • Pediatric Consultant, Tulane University Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic, 1991-
  • Clinical Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultant; Tulane Health Sciences Center, Charity Hospital of New Orleans, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Ochsner Hospital and Clinic, 1990-
  • Certificate of Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, Tulane SPHTM, 2012
  • President, Delta Omega (Public Health Honor Society), 2011-2012
  • Teaching and Research Incentive Award, SPHTM Dean’s Office, 1995
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute Fellowship Award, 1993
  • Honorary Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1993
  • Honorary Professor, Universidad Cayetano Heredia, 1988
  • Spanish
  • French
Overseas Experience
  • Peru
  • Cambodia
  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • China
Selected Publications
  • 2013. With Martinez, Arman, Gilman et. al. “Changes in Tuberculin Skin Test Positivity Over 20 Years in Periurban Shantytowns in Lima, Peru.” Am J Trop Med Hyg 89(3): 507-515.
  • 2013. With Martinez, Cabrera , Bernabe-Ortiz et. al. “Free-ranging Chickens in Households in a Periurban Shantytown in Peru — Attitudes and Practices 10 Years after a Community Based Intervention Project.” Am J Trop Med Hyg 89(2): 229-31.
  • 2013. With Paz-Soldán, Dimos-Jones, Alban et. al. “The provision and need of social support among adult and pediatric patients of Tuberculosis and TB/HIV in Lima, Peru: a qualitative study.” BMC Health Serv Res 13: 290.
  • 2013. With Lee, Pan, and Kosek et. al. “Symptomatic and asymptomatic Campylobacter infections associated with reduced growth in Peruvian children.” PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 7(1): e2036.
  • 2013. With Rath, Castillo ME, Soto-Castellares et. al. “Antiviral resistance and correlates of virologic failure in the first cohort of HIV-infected children gaining access to structured antiretroviral therapy in Lima, Peru: a cross-sectional analysis.” BMC Infect Dis. 13:1.
  • 2010. With Soto-Castellares and Gilman et al., “Diagnostic approaches for paediatric tuberculosis by use of different specimen types, culture methods, and PCR: a prospective case-control study,” Lancet Infect Dis 10(9): 612-20.
  • 2009. With Cleary. “Bacillus cereus.” In Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 6th Edition. (Feigin, Cherry, Demmler, and Kaplan, eds.). New York: Saunders Elsevier, 1407-1412.
  • 2009. With Carrion, Laguna Torres, Soto-Castellares, Castillo, Salazar, Negron, Kolevic, Montano, Sanchez, Bautista, Kochel TJ. “Molecular characterization of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 among children in Lima, Peru.” AIDS Res Hum Retro 25:833-835.
  • 2008. With Nicholls, Kozarsky. “Special Hosts: Children, Pregnant Women, and the Elderly.” In Traveler‘€™s Diarrhea (Ericsson, DuPont, and Steffen, eds., 2nd Edition). Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker, Inc., 105-113.
  • 2007. With Kosek. “Unraveling the contradictions of Vitamin A and infectious diseases in children.” J Infect Dis 196:965-967.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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