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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

Predictive vs. Empiric Assessment of Schistosomiasis: Implications for Treatment Projections in Ghana — Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kabore, A., Biritwum, N.K., Downs, P.W., Soares Magalhaes, R.J., Zhang, Y., & Ottesen, E.A. (Mar 2013)
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
Hanson, C., Weaver, A., Zoerhoff, K.L., Kabore, A., Linehan, M., Doherty, A., Engels, D., Savioli, L., & Ottesen, E.A. (Mar 2012)
Integrated implementation of programs targeting neglected tropical diseases through preventive chemotherapy: proving the feasibility at national scale — American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Linehan, M., Hanson, C., Weaver, A., Baker, M., Kabore, A., Zoerhoff, K.L., Sankara, D., Torres, S., & Ottesen, E.A. (Jan 2011)
The economic benefits resulting from the first 8 years of the global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (2000–2007) — Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases
Chu, B.K., Hooper, P.J., Bradley, M.H., McFarland, D.A., & Ottesen, E.A. (Jun 2010)
Determinants of success in national programs to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: A perspective identifying essential elements and research needs — American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Kyelem, D., Biswas , G., Bockarie, M.J., Bradley, M.H., El-Setouhy, M., Fischer, P.U., Henderson, R.H., Kazura, J.W., Lammie, P.J., Njenga, S.M., Ottesen, E.A., et al. (Oct 2008)
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