As the Director of Children Without Worms, Dr. Addiss is responsible for the overall success of the program by providing leadership and technical expertise. He also oversees strategic program development, financial management, and collaboration with external partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, NGOs and other organizations involved in the control of STH around the world.
Prior to joining the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. Addiss was a Physician Consultant at Holos Associates, PLC in Michigan where he provided services in preventive medicine, science, and global health. In addition, Dr. Addiss taught at Kalamazoo College, where he was a Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Dr. Addiss was also a Senior Program Officer at the Science and Spirituality Program at the Fetzer Institute in Michigan where he was responsible for directing and planning Fetzer’s research program. While at Fetzer, Dr. Addiss collaborated with the World Health Organization on violence prevention and with the Task Force for Global Health on the role of compassion in global health, among others. Prior to this, Dr. Addiss spent 20 years at CDC where he conducted research on the prevention and control of parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases. He co-founded and co-directed the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas, based at CDC. He also served as the CDC liaison to the Mectizan Expert Committee and as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.
Dr. Addiss received an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University.