Faculty ProfilesElizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH
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Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and affiliated faculty appointments with Global Health Sciences and the Curry International Tuberculosis Center. Dr. Fair's research interests include tuberculosis (TB), TB/HIV, global health, and implementation/operational research. Her current work focuses on public health interventions for intensified TB case finding in high-burden settings.
With funding from NIH/NIAID K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award, Dr. Fair has worked since 2009 with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program (NTLP) and National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanzania to design and implement TB contact investigation under program conditions, and to evaluate the feasibility, yield, and cost-effectiveness of TB contact investigation in Dar es Salaam. Findings from this project led to implementation of TB contact investigation in Iringa, a rural district of Tanzania (NIH U01 ICIDR award), as well as plans for scaling-up TB contact investigation within the NTLP in Dar es Salaam (USAID funding). Using her K01 research project as a platform, she received additional funding to pilot home-based HIV testing during TB contact investigation.
She currently is working on projects exploring TB stigma in Bangladesh and is co-Investigator on an R01 grant investigating the use of mobile health for implementation of TB contact investigation in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Fair serves as a regular consultant for the American Thoracic Society (ATS), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Dutch Tuberculosis Group (KNCV). She serves on WHO Steering Committees to develop new policies related to TB case finding and TB international standards of care (ISTC), and through the USAID funded CHALLENGE TB mechanism provides technical assistance for Indonesia, Tanzania, and Mozambique.
Dr. Fair serves the Program Director of the PhD in Global Health with UCSF Global Health Sciences.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|Stanford University School of Medicine||PhD||Epidemiology and Infectious Disease||2005|
|Columbia University School of Public Health||MPH||Population and Family Health||1998|
|Harvard University||AB||Anthropology and African Studies||1996|
In the News
- Making a Greater Impact in Global Health
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- Elizabeth Fair Named Director of Global Health Sciences PhD Program
|Project Title||Project Number||Fiscal Year|
|Utility of Contact Investigation of Drug Susceptible and Resistant TB in Tanzani||K01AI080717||2014|
Hudson M, Rutherford GW, Weiser S, Fair E. Linking private, for-profit providers to public sector services for HIV and tuberculosis co-infected patients: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2018; 13(4):e0194960.
Armstrong-Hough M, Turimumahoro P, Meyer AJ, Ochom E, Babirye D, Ayakaka I, Mark D, Ggita J, Cattamanchi A, Dowdy D, Mugabe F, Fair E, Haberer JE, Katamba A, Davis JL. Drop-out from the tuberculosis contact investigation cascade in a routine public health setting in urban Uganda: A prospective, multi-center study. PLoS One. 2017; 12(11):e0187145.
Miller C, Huston J, Samu L, Mfinanga S, Hopewell P, Fair E. 'It makes the patient's spirit weaker': tuberculosis stigma and gender interaction in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 Nov 01; 21(11):42-48.
Ayakaka I, Ackerman S, Ggita JM, Kajubi P, Dowdy D, Haberer JE, Fair E, Hopewell P, Handley MA, Cattamanchi A, Katamba A, Davis JL. Identifying barriers to and facilitators of tuberculosis contact investigation in Kampala, Uganda: a behavioral approach. Implement Sci. 2017 03 09; 12(1):33.
Fair E, Miller CR, Ottmani SE, Fox GJ, Hopewell PC. Tuberculosis contact investigation in low- and middle-income countries: standardized definitions and indicators. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2015 Mar; 19(3):269-72.
World Health Organization. Recommendations for investigating contacts of persons with infectious tuberculosis in low- and middle-income countries. 2012.
Tuberculosis Coalition for Technical Assistance. Handbook for Using the International Standards for Tuberculosis Care. 2007.
Aga RS, Fair E, Abernethy NF, Deriemer K, Paz EA, Kawamura LM, Small PM, Kato-Maeda M. Microevolution of the direct repeat locus of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a strain prevalent in San Francisco. J Clin Microbiol. 2006 Apr; 44(4):1558-60.
Murphy TV, Gargiullo PM, Massoudi MS, Nelson DB, Jumaan AO, Okoro CA, Zanardi LR, Setia S, Fair E, LeBaron CW, Wharton M, Livengood JR, Livingood JR. Intussusception among infants given an oral rotavirus vaccine. N Engl J Med. 2001 Feb 22; 344(8):564-72.