Richard L. Guerrant, MD

Founding Director, Center for Global Health Equity
Carter-Harrison Research Building (MR-6)

Dr. Richard Guerrant is an internationally-recognized expert on enteric infections. He founded the Center for Global Health Equity at the University of Virginia. He is the Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health.  He was elected to the IOM/National Academy of Medicine and formerly chaired its Board on Global Health and has lived and worked in Congo, Bangladesh and Brazil.


Dr. Guerrant graduated from Davidson College and the UVa School of Medicine. He was trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Harvard Medical Service of the Boston City Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins, and UVa.

Research Interests

Dr. Guerrant's research is focused on the recognition, diagnosis, pathogenesis, impact, and control of enteric infections and their long-term consequences. He is also working to develop a network of Centers for Global Health at top institutions across the United States and abroad. He is past president of the Am. Soc. Of Trop Med & Hyg and recipient of its highest award, the Walter Reed Medal, as well as Virginia Scientist of the Year from the Governor, the Mentor Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Maxwell Finland Award of the NFID and of UVa’s highest award, the Thomas Jefferson Award.


Dr. Guerrant is the author of more than 700 scientific and clinical articles (18 with UVa’s 3 Nobel Laureates, Gilman, Murad and Marshall), reviews, and major textbook chapters, and editor of six books, including a two-volume textbook, Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens, and Practices, and a book about lessons learned from his collaborations in Northeast Brazil, entitled At the Edge of Development: Health Crises in a Transitional Society. His most recent book is germane to our troubling global pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, "Evolution of Evolution, The Survival Value of Caring". See PubMed Listings for Dr. Guerrant.