James W. Kazura, MD

Professor of International Health, Medicine, and Pathology Chair of the Center for Global Health & Diseases

James W. Kazura, MD, is Professor of International Health, Medicine, and Pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is Chair of the Center for Global Health & Diseases, a multidisciplinary research and educational unit in the School of Medicine that includes individuals with expertise in clinical population health, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, epidemiology, and ecology. Dr. Kazura received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis; MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and trained in medicine and hematology at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University since 1978.

Dr. Kazura is a recognized international expert in the area of human malaria immunity and the development of strategies that now form the basis of global efforts to eradicate lymphatic filariasis. Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is a parasitic worm infection transmitted by mosquitoes. The infection leads to swelling and disfigurement of the legs, arms and male genital organs. His efforts with scientists and public health collaborators at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research have been pivotal in the global program intended to eradicate the disease. The effort is one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken world wide. The aim is to irrevocably stop transmission of the parasite via its mosquito vector.

Dr. Kazura has served on multiple national and international committees concerned with infectious diseases research and interventions, including those of the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization. He is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, a leading biomedical research magazine focused on tropical diseases. Dr. Kazura and his fellow faculty are currently conducting studies of malaria, a blood borne parasitic infection that kills one million children per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, chronic debilitating worm infections such as schistosomiasis and elephantiasis, dengue fever, and emerging infections that not only cause suffering in the tropics but that may also be introduced into the United States through international travel or commerce, as well as through deliberate release in acts of bioterrorism.