Course Information
Tropical Medicine Update for Savvy Clinicians

Neuroscience Research Building (NRB)
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California
September 14, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
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Course Description


As global travel, migration, and commerce continue to rise, American physicians need up-to-date information about tropical infectious diseases. Some conditions (for example, Chagas disease, echinococcosis, cysticercosis, strongyloidiasis, leprosy) remain silent for years before patients become symptomatic; other travel-associated infections such as malaria, typhoid fever, or leptospirosis can progress quickly, requiring swift recognition and treatment. Today, even local or imported food can transmit tropical pathogens. Accordingly, the overarching goal of “Tropical Medicine Update for Savvy Clinicians” is to provide cutting-edge knowledge about these and other tropical infections in order to assure timely, accurate diagnoses and treatment here in the U.S.

Target Audience

This course will be of special interest to adult and pediatric infectious diseases specialists as well as front-line providers who may be encounter a traveler or foreign-born patient with a tropical infectious disease. The latter group includes emergency room physicians, general internists, pediatricians, family medicine doctors, and dermatologists. Physicians and medical trainees who perform research or clinical care in tropical settings will also benefit from the course.

Registration Information


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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Tropical Medicine Update for Savvy Clinicians
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • Practicing Physicians: $95
  • IDAC Members: $75
  • Students and Medical Trainees: $50


Cancellations must be received in writing by Saturday, August 31, 2019 and will be subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Course Chair

Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD, DTM&H (London), FIDSA, FASTMH
Past-President, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Clinical Professor of Medicine


Omer Eugene Beaird III, MD
Clinical Instructor
Division of Infectious Diseases*

Aileen Y. Chang, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco

Jared M. Diamond, PhD
UCLA Professor of Geography

David O. Freedman, MD, FIDSA, FASTMH
Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Aric Gregson, MD, FIDSA
AG Infectious Diseases

David Haake, MD, FIDSA
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare
Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases*

Amy Klion, MD
Senior Clinical Investigator
Head, Human Eosinophil Section
Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Sheba Meymandi, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology*
Director of Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Elise O’Connell, MD
Assistant Clinical Investigator
Helminth Immunology Section
Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Maria Teresa Ochoa, MD
Director, Los Angeles Hansen’s Disease Clinic
Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Philip J. Rosenthal, MD, FIDSA, FASTMH
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
University of California, San Francisco

Phillip C. Zakowski, MD
Director, Cedars-Sinai Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine*

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, September 14, 2019

7:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:15 Welcome
Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD (UCLA)
8:20 Fever in the Returning Traveler
David O. Freedman, MD (UAB)
9:00 Malaria Update
Philip J. Rosenthal, MD (UCSF)
9:40 Break
10:00 “What is Distinctive About Human Tropical Diseases?”
Jared M. Diamond, PhD (UCLA)
10:20 Eosinophilia and Travel: A Practical Approach
Amy Klion, MD (NIH)
11:00 Tropical Case Panel I with Faculty Comments
  • An ICU patient with severe and complicated malaria
  • Typhoid fever contracted in the Indian subcontinent
  • Strongyloides in a woman from Kentucky
Case Presenters: Aric Gregson, MD and Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD
12:00 Lunch
1:20 Tropical Dermatology: “Doctor, What’s That Thing on My Skin?”
Aileen Y. Chang, MD (UCSF)
2:00 Leprosy and Leishmaniasis in L.A.
Maria Teresa Ochoa, MD (USC)
2:30 Cysticercosis and Echinococcosis
Elise O’Connell, MD (NIH)
3:10 Break
3:30 Chagas Disease
Sheba Meymandi, MD (UCLA-Olive View)

Chagas Disease and Heart Transplantation
Phillip Zakowski, MD (Cedars-Sinai)
4:20 Traveler’s Diarrhea and Emerging Foodborne Parasites
Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD (UCLA)
5:00 Tropical Case Panel II with Faculty Comments
  • Visceral leishmaniasis in a patient co-infected with HIV
  • African trypanosomiasis in a traveler
  • Severe neuroangiostrongyliasis in a patient from Hawai’i
  • Leptospirosis in an international athlete
Case Presenters: Omer Eugene Beaird III, MD, Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD and David Haake, MD
6:00 Adjourn


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply current clinical and epidemiologic knowledge in recognizing tropical infectious diseases in patients seen in the U.S.
  • Utilize modern strategies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical infectious diseases seen in the U.S.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis for a returning traveler with fever and initiate diagnostic tests and treatment
  • Appreciate new patterns of drug resistance in malaria and select appropriate antimalarial prophylaxis
  • Apply modern diagnostic tests for malaria and initiate treatment
  • Develop a differential diagnosis and initiate work-up and treatment for travelers and expatriates with eosinophilia
  • Recognize the varied features of Chagas disease and apply current guidelines for diagnosis and treatment
  • Identify a wide range of dermatologic disorders contracted in the tropics
  • Identify common manifestations of leprosy and refer patients for treatment
  • Diagnose common forms of leishmaniasis and refer patients for treatment
  • Diagnose and initiate treatment for cysticercosis and echinococcosis
  • Counsel patients on prevention and treatment of traveler’s diarrhea
  • Detect emerging foodborne parasitic infections
  • Cite cases illustrating unusual manifestations of tropical infections seen in healthy and immunocompromised patients


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.


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Program Location

Neuroscience Research Building
NRB Auditorium
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Directions and Parking

From the 405 freeway, exit on Wilshire Blvd. East. Proceed on Wilshire Blvd. and make a left turn onto Westwood Blvd. Continue north on Westwood Blvd until you see Charles E. Young Drive South. Turn right onto Charles E. Young Drive South. Turn left at the Structure 9 stoplight. The Neuroscience Research Building will be to your immediate right. Parking passes must be purchased prior to parking your vehicle. Below are 2 options for obtaining your parking pass.

Option 1: Parkmobile App

  • Pre-pay for your parking through the Parkmobile
  • Step-by-step directions can be found at
  • The gate arm for Parking Structure 9 will be lifted
    on Saturday.

Option 2: UCLA Parking Information Kiosk

  • You may purchase your parking pass at the UCLA Parking Information kiosk just north of Charles E. Young Dr South.
  • Parking attendants will direct you to Parking Structure 9.


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