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Eric A. Ottesen

Chief Technical Advisor, ENVISION

Eric Ottesen is the Chief Technical Advisor for USAID's ENVISION project and also serves as Director of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Support Center at the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta. He has more than 35 years of experience dealing with parasitic diseases, 22 years at the National Institutes of Health and the last 15 years working for or with the World Health Organization to promote global health through the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (elephantiasis), a parasitic and infectious tropical disease. Dr. Ottesen won the Bernhard Nocht Medal from the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health in 2001, the Donald Mackay Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine in 2003, and the Joseph F. Smadel Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2004.


  • MD, Harvard University
  • BA (honors), Princeton University

Latest Publications

Flueckiger, R.M., Nikolay, B., Gelderblom, H.C., Smith, J.L., Haddad, D., Tack, W., Hendrickx, G., Addiss, D., Cano, J., Hatcher, D.R., Hopkins, A., Pullan, R.L., Pavluck, A., Ottesen, E., et al. (2015). Integrating data and resources on neglected tropical diseases for better planning: The NTD mapping tool ( Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (2):e0003400.
Ichimori, K., King, J.D., Engels, D., Yajima, A., Mikhailov, A., Lammie, P., & Ottesen, E.A. (2014). Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: the processes underlying programme success. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 8 (12):e3328.
Hooper, P.J., Chu, B.K., Mikhailov, A., Ottesen, E.A., & Bradley, M. (2014). Assessing progress in reducing the at-risk population after 13 years of the global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 8 (11):e3333.
Ramaiah, K.D., & Ottesen, E.A. (2014). Progress and impact of 13 years of the global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis on reducing the burden of filarial disease. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 8 (11):e3319.
Kabore, A., Biritwum, N.K., Downs, P.W., Soares Magalhaes, R.J., Zhang, Y., & Ottesen, E.A. (2013). Predictive vs. empiric assessment of schistosomiasis: Implications for treatment projections in Ghana. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7 (3):e2051.
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