Richard Reithinger, MSc, PhD, is a practical, innovative leader and extensively published author in the field of malaria and other vector-borne disease epidemiology, case management, prevention, and control. He is an epidemiologist with extensive field-based experience managing infectious disease programs in Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America, as well as managing multi-country programs and developing standards-based country policies and strategies, relying on a collaborative and participatory approach to management to work effectively with global health stakeholders at all levels.
Prior to his position at RTI, Dr. Reithinger worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) | Ethiopia as the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Team Leader and Malaria Advisor, establishing and then leading the implementation as well as the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the PMI program portfolio in Ethiopia. In addition, Dr. Reithinger worked as a Senior Study Director with Westat in Rockville, MD, and as a Technical Coordinator with HealthNet TPO in Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Sudan.
Dr. Reithinger has been the Malaria Focal Person of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Technical Review Panel; is an Honorary Reader at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Program and Travel Award committees. He is on the editorial boards of PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases, BMC Infectious Diseases, and the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international medical or scientific journals, including reports on original research and operational project data, systematic reviews, or commentaries. Dr. Reithinger is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German, and is proficient in Portuguese.