Elected Member - GAELF
Director, River Blindness Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Program, Schistosomiasis Control Program and Malaria Control Program
The Carter Center
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Frank Richards, Jr., MD, FAAP
Director, River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, and Malaria Programs at The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Richards, an expert in tropical diseases, has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa. His expertise is focused on implementation of public health programs for the neglected tropical diseases (or ‘NTDs’), which have helped to provide more than 250 million mass drug administration (MDA) treatments for NTDs in 11 countries over the last 25 years. The malaria program he directs has helped provide over 15 million insecticide treated bednets in Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Dr. Richards earned his medical degree from Cornell University and is clinically trained in pediatric infectious disease. He came to The Carter Center after a 23 year career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all spent in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. His awards include the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Bailey K. Ashford Medal, Weil-Cornell Medical School’s Bean Kean Medal, and the Williams College Bicentennial Medal. Dr. Richards has appointments with Emory University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has authored or coauthored over 180 articles, letters, and chapters.