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Desiree LaBeaud

Desiree LaBeaud

Desiree LaBeaud

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
School of Medicine

Since the early 2000s, I have devoted my efforts to better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and dengue viruses. Currently, I have two large field projects ongoing in Kenya. As a physician-scientist, I split my time between research (75%) and clinical practice (25%), including travel clinic experience. In my current position, I balance a productive research career, a stimulating hospital-based clinical practice, and a rewarding family life. 

My formal education included a bachelor’s degree in Biology (University of California at San Diego, 1996, Cum Laude), medical degree (Medical College of Wisconsin, 2000, AOA), pediatric residency-International Health track (Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, CWRU, 2003), fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases (Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, CWRU, 2006), and master’s degree in Clinical Research with a focus in epidemiology (CWRU, 2009).

Research Interest(s): 
Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Arboviral Infections, Rift Valley Fever, Chikungunya Virus, Dengue Virus, Epidemiology
Countries of Study: 
Kenya