Laurence (Larry) Slutsker, MD, MPH, is the leader of PATH’s Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) programs and the director of PATH’s Center for Malaria Control and Elimination. Building on our unparalleled portfolio of malaria tools, projects, and expertise, he directs our work to advance efforts toward elimination, and ultimately eradication, of both P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria. He also oversees our work as part of a coordinated global effort to stamp out 17 NTDs, directing efforts such as a new rapid diagnostic for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and a new treatment for soil-transmitted helminths, parasitic worms that thrive in places with limited sanitation and hygiene infrastructure.
Before joining PATH in 2016, Dr. Slutsker spent 29 years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a number of leadership roles, including associate director for Science, chief of the Malaria Branch, and director of the CDC/KEMRI Field Station in Kisumu, Kenya. Dr. Slutsker most recently served as director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at the CDC Center for Global Health, where he provided strategic leadership for malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
Due to his substantial experience and expertise in malaria, Dr. Slutsker has been asked to participate in numerous high-level policy and strategy committees and groups, including Roll Back Malaria; World Health Organization (WHO) Global Malaria Programme (GMP) as cochair of the Evidence Review Group Malaria in Pregnancy/IPTp; Malaria Chemotherapy Technical Expert Group; Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Expert Group; and the highest-level malaria advisory group to WHO/GMP, the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.
Dr. Slutsker earned a BS at the University of Michigan and MPH at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.