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Mathuram Santosham, MD

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415 N. Washington Street
4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


Center for American Indian Health
International Vaccine Access Center
Rotavirus Organization for Technical Allies

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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1975
MD, Madras University, 1970


Epidemiologic studies of enteric infections; improved oral rehydration therapy; field testing of vaccines; h. influenzae type b and pneumococcal infections; neonatal health.

Honors and Awards

October 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics, Native American Child Health Advocacy Award

October 2014 The James F. And Sarah T. Fries Foundation, Fries Prize for Improving Health

August 2014 American Tamil Medical Association, Once in a Decade Service Excellence Award

January 2014- Sabin Gold Medal Award

November 2013 Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians Inc., Radha Pathak Humanitarian Award

March 2012 Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award

June 2011 United States Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service Director’s Special Recognition Award

2008- 2010 Paul Rogers Society Research! America Ambassador for Global Health

August 2008 American Tamil Medical Association, Lifetime Achievement Award for “extraordinary contributions in Global Preventative Health”

April 2006 ISPPD Board, Honorary Robert Austrian Lecture Award

June 2003 Indian Health Service Certificate of Merit, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in recognition of personal dedication, commitment and contribution to the overall IHS Research Program Activity

January 1988 -Thrasher Research Fund Award, "In recognition of excellence in research"

1981-1986 - Indian Health Service Award for outstanding dedication and contribution to improving the health of the White Mountain Apache People

  • International Health
  • Epidemiologic studies of enteric infections
  • improved oral rehydration therapy
  • field testing of vaccines
  • h. influenzae tybe b
  • pneumococcal
  • neonatal health
  • Zinc supplementation
  • rotavirus

Publications with high impact factors

  • Coles CL, Bose A, Moses PD, Mathew L, Agarwal I, Mammen T, Santosham M. Infectious etiology modifies the treatment effect of zinc in severe pneumonia. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007; 86: 397-403.
  • Millar EV, O’Brien KL, Bronsdon MA, Madore D, Hackell J, Reid R, Santosham M. Anti-capsular serum antibody concentration and protection against pneumococcal colonization induced by 7-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine (PnCRM7). Clin Infect Dis. 2007;44(9):1173-9. PMID 17407035
  • Lipsitch M, O’Neill K, Bugalter B, Trzcinski K, Cordy D, Thompson CM, Goldstein R, Pelton S, Huot H, Bouchet V, Reid R, Santosham M, O’Brien KL. Strain characteristics of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from carriage and invasive disease during a cluster-randomized clinical trial of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. J Infect Dis. In Press.
  • Basset A, Trzcinxki K, Hermos C, O’Brien KL, Reid R, Santosham M. McAdam A, Lipsitch M, Malley R. Frequency of the pilus in pneumococcal isolates: Association with certain capsular serotypes but not with increased virulence. J Clin Microbiol 2007 Mar 28 (E-pub) PMID 17392439
  • Eick A, Shaw J, Thumar B, Reid R, Santosham M, Karron R, O’Brien KL. The role of RSV neutralizing antibodies in protecting infants from severe and non-severe RSV disease. Pediatr Infect Dis J. In Press.