Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor – Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences
Adjunct Professor – Division of Infectious Disease & Global Public Health, Department of Medicine
Dr. Garfein is an infectious disease epidemiologist, educator and healthcare innovator who seeks to understand the causes of disease and translate that understanding into impactful solutions.
Dr. Garfein earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins University and MPH at San Diego State University. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and Epidemiologist for 7 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty in 2005.
Dr. Garfein’s research focuses primarily on airborne and bloodborne infections often associated with health disparities and substance use, including tuberculosis, HIV and viral hepatitis in the U.S. and abroad. His research on digital adherence technology over the last decade informed CDC and WHO guidelines on the use of telehealth for remotely monitoring patients with tuberculosis. Such technology has relevance today for COVID-19 monitoring and patient support.