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Eric A. Ottesen

Project Director, ENVISION

Eric Ottesen leads the ENVISION project for RTI and also serves as director of the Lymphatic Filariasis 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; AB (honors), Princeton University.

Latest Publications

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.
Hanson, C., Weaver, A., Zoerhoff, K.L., Kabore, A., Linehan, M., Doherty, A., Engels, D., Savioli, L., & Ottesen, E.A. (2012). Integrated implementation of programs targeting neglected tropical diseases through preventive chemotherapy: Identifying best practices to roll out programs at national scale. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 86 (3):508-513.
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