Richard Kaslow, MD, MPH

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Biography

During his decades-long career Dr. Kaslow has organized and collaborated on initiatives spanning a wide spectrum of conditions. Early research topics included healthcare-associated infections, Lyme disease, infections in pregnancy, and autoimmune diseases such as reactive arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. At the inception of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, he initiated and guided the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study; operating for more than 30 years, the MACS has continued to produce a wealth of information about nearly every aspect of HIV infection. In that context he began studying the role of host genetics in the acquisition and progression of HIV infection, and he pursued that line of inquiry in a number of other US and African cohorts. The investigative teams he led or joined made groundbreaking discoveries about polymorphisms in genes encoding HLA and chemokine receptor molecules exert critical differential control of the cell-mediated response to HIV. This approach has been extended in work by him and others documenting contributions of HLA to the variable responses made to vaccines (e.g., for HIV, hepatitis B and anthrax).

Education & Training

MPH Harvard School of Public Health (1976)
MD Harvard Medical School (1969)
BA Yale College (1965)

Honors & Recognition

  • Exemplary Service AwardDepartment of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (2016)

  • Timothy Johnson Medical Scholar LectureVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Roanoke, VA (2013)

  • John Snow AwardAmerican Public Health Association, Epidemiology Section (2009)

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