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Stephen P. Luby

Stephen P. Luby, MD

Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
Research Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 723-4129 (voice)
(650) 725-3402 (fax)

Research Interests

Prof. Luby is interested in addressing community health problems in low income countries that result from perverse incentives of various actors. His current projects include efforts to reduce the burden of air pollution generated by brick kilns in Bangladesh, efforts to reduce the exposure to lead among residents of rural Bangladesh; improving water, sanitation and hygiene in low income communities; and reducing the risk of pandemic spread of Nipah virus.


Prof. Luby studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Creighton University. Prof. Luby earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prof. Luby's former positions include leading the Epidemiology Unit of the Community Health Sciences Department at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan for 5 years and working as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exploring causes and prevention of diarrheal disease in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of childhood death.  Immediately prior to his current appointment, Prof. Luby served for 8 years at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), where he directed the Centre for Communicable Diseases. Prof. Luby was seconded from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was the Country Director for CDC in Bangladesh.

During his over 20 years of public health work in low income countries, Professor Luby frequently encountered political and governance difficulties undermining efforts to improve public health.