David Wesley Dowdy, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., Sc.M.

  • B. Frank and Kathleen Polk Professor
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine


Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Tuberculosis; Epidemiology; Health economics; HIV; ICU ...read more


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Dr. David Dowdy holds a joint appointment in medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an associate professor of epidemiology with a joint appointment in international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His area of clinical expertise is internal medicine. 

He is the inaugural holder of the B. Frank and Kathleen Polk Professorship. 

Dr. Dowdy received his B.S. from Duke University and earned his Sc.M. and M.D.-Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. He performed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. 

His research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.

Dr. Dowdy’s work has been recognized with several awards, including the 2015 Excellence in Mentoring Award and the 2014 Golden Apple Teaching Award.

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  • B. Frank and Kathleen Polk Professor
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)


  • Internal Medicine; University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2011)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Dowdy’s research explores questions related to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. His unique approach involves using epidemiology, mathematical modeling, health economics and operational/implementation research. He has a special interest in "translational epidemiology," which involves constructing methods for helping decision-makers who use epidemiological data act in the best interest of their patients and public health.

Selected Publications

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Kasaie P, Mathema B, Kelton WD, Azman AS, Pennington J, Dowdy DW. “A novel tool improves existing estimates of recent tuberculosis transmission in settings of sparse data collection.” PLoS One. 2015 Dec 17;10(12):e014437.

Arinaminpathy N, Dowdy D. “Understanding the incremental value of novel diagnostic tests for tuberculosis.” Nature. 2015 Dec 3;528(7580):S60-7.

Kendall EA, Fofana MO, Dowdy DW. “Burden of transmitted multidrug resistance in epidemics of tuberculosis: A transmission modelling analysis.” Lancet Respir Med.  2015 Dec;3(12):963-72. 

Knight GM, Dharan NJ, Fox GJ, Stennis N, Zwerling A, Khurana R, Dowdy DW. “Bridging the gap between evidence and policy for infectious diseases: How models can aid public health decision-making.” Int J Infect Dis. 2016 Jan;42:17-23.

Theron G, Jenkins HE, Cobelens F, Abubakar I, Khan AJ, Cohen T, Dowdy DW. “Data for action: collection and use of local data to end tuberculosis.” Lancet. 2015 Dec 5;386(10010):2324-33.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Epidemiologic Methods 3 (340.753.01)
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Activities & Honors


  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2015
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award (large class), 2014
  • Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
  • Young Investigator Prize, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2012
  • Tom Evans Teaching Award, Internal Medicine Residency Program, UCSF, 2011
  • Diane Becker Award in Clinical Epidemiology and Prevention, Johns Hopkins GIM Housestaff Research Award, 2010

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

“This Disease Could Kill 75 Million People By 2050,” Huffington Post, Oct. 23, 2015

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