The VICC.ORG Investigator Directory

Sten H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D

Amos Christie Professor of Global Health
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology
Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH)
VICC Member

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 750
Nashville, TN 37203
Fax: 615-343-7797


Sten Vermund, MD, PhD was educated at Stanford University (BA), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MD), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc), and Columbia University (PhD in Epidemiology and training in pediatrics and clinical epidemiology). His current positions at Vanderbilt University are Amos Christie Professor of Global Health, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. As an infectious disease epidemiologist and pediatrician, his work focuses on diseases of resource-limited settings, especially HIV, HPV, and parasitic diseases. His recent field work has emphasized HIV prevention clinical trials and cervical cancer prevention. His HIV programs in Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia focus on training and quality improvement, supported by PEPFAR and CDC. Through Fogarty training grants, Dr. Vermund mentors international and US trainees in HIV/AIDS research. He has published 420 original research papers, reviews, and chapters and his work is funded through 6 grants from the NIH and the CDC. In 2012, Dr. Vermund was elected to membership to the Institute of Medicine and named a Fellow of the AAAS.


  • Stanford University (BA)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MD)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc)
  • Columbia University (PhD in Epidemiology)

Research Description:

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health seeks to nurture faculty, staff, and student interests in global partnerships for research, teaching, and service. Dr. Vermund's research interests lie in infectious disease control and prevention with a focus on developing countries and underserved areas of the southeastern U.S. Dr. Vermund's current (2007) funded grants include projects in Mozambique (PEPFAR-HIV care and treatment in Zambezia Province, via CDC), Zambia HIV/AIDS/STD/TB-related training (AITRP, via Fogarty/NIH), Pakistan/Bangladesh/India (HIV risk reduction in adolescent drug users, cervical cancer screening among HIV-infected women, HIV/AIDS/STD/TB-related training), and China (HIV/AIDS/STD/TB-related training, HIV/AIDS epidemic modeling, HIV incidence surveillance and BED-CEIA validation). He also has strong ties in Peru (clinical tropical medicine), Jamaica (public health training), Jordan (pediatric respiratory disease surveillance), and Costa Rica (ethics training). Dr. Vermund works closely with the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research, the V.U. Program in Medicine, Society, and Health, the Center for Epidemiology, and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. He serves PI of a Family Health International (Research Triangle Park, NC)-Vanderbilt grant for the HIV Prevention Trials Network Leadership Group sponsored by the NIAID and collaborating NIH institutes. Dr. Vermund also spearheads the Vanderbilt-Meharry Global Framework Program to develop global health training and curricular content throughout the curricula of both institutions.


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