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Kevin L. Palmer, MPH, PhD

Title: Affiliate Graduate Faculty and Professor
Company: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Kevin L. Palmer, MPH, PhD, affiliate graduate faculty and professor at University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in treating malaria and tropical diseases.

With 53 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Palmer has excelled as affiliate graduate faculty and professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine since 2012. He began his career as an assistant researcher at same from 1982 to 1985. He initiated his long involvement with the World Health Organization as a malaria scientist on the regional anti-Malaria team from 1985 to 1994. He continued there as a country liaison officer from 1997 to 1998, a senior malariologist from 1994 to 2000, a regional advisor in malaria and other vectorborne and parasitic diseases from 2000 to 2007, and representative for American Samoa, Cooks Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau from 2007 to 2008. He garnered a stellar reputation as chief executive officer and senior consultant at Vectorborne Diseases Associates LLC since 2009.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Palmer pursued an education at the University of Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in zoology. He continued his academic efforts at Yale University, obtaining a Master of Public Health in medical entomology and arbovirology in 1979. He concluded his studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduating with a PhD in tropical medicine in 1982.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Palmer has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He co-authored 8 professional studies which were published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Acta Tropica, Nature, and Infection and Immunity. He volunteered with the Malaria Eradication Program, co-sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the United States Peace Corps, between 1970 and 1973.

In addition to his primary vocation, Dr. Palmer remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In light of his impressive undertakings, he has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was featured in Millennium Magazine.

Dr. Palmer began his involvement with malaria treatment during his time spent with the United States Peace Corps in the 1970s. His most notable achievement was working with the World Health Organization due to the difference they made in malaria control and limiting the number of people infected with malaria in Asia and the Pacific. They introduced bed nets, worked on house spraying, communications, and other mitigation techniques. In the immediate future, he will continue working with students that are interested in public health and tropical medicine. 

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