Lee Reichman

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Executive Director Emeritus, Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Executive Director Emeritus, Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute

Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, is the Founding Executive Director of the Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute, and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Newark, New Jersey.

From 1971-1974 he served as Director, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control and Assistant Commissioner of Health at the New York City Health Department. In 1974 he came to the then College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School as Director of the Pulmonary Division in the Department of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine. He was promoted to Professor in 1977 and continued to serve as Director of the Pulmonary Division until 1993 when he founded the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center, now the Global Tuberculosis Institute, reflecting its wider scope of activities. Since he joined the faculty at the New Jersey Medical School, he has been principal investigator on federal (NIH, CDC, USAID) grants and contracts totaling more than $48 million total costs. He is the 2012 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Career Award, and received the University’s Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award in May, 2015.

He serves on several national and international committees, advisory boards, professional organizations and societies including the National Coalition to Eliminate Tuberculosis (now Stop TB USA) (past chair); U.S. Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis; International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Union) (past vice-chair of the Executive Committee and Council and Honorary Member); Third Sir John Crofton Memorial (Keynote) Lecturer at their 2012 World Conference on Lung Health in Malaysia; American Lung Association (past president and recipient of the 1999 Will Ross Medal, their highest award); American Thoracic Society (honorary life member) and 2012 recipient of its World Lung Health Award; American College of Chest Physicians (past Governor for New Jersey), and the World Health Organization Stop TB Partnership, where he has served as a Senior Advisor during a six month secondment. He is a member of the WHO Global Drug Resistance Initiative Core Group and Chair of the WHO Green Light Committee of the Western Pacific Region. He is co-Chair of the European Respiratory Society European Forum on TB Innovation and received Honorary Membership in the European Respiratory Society in 2013. He is a past President of the Stakeholders Association and former member of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and Former Ambassador, in Research! America’s Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research.

Dr. Reichman has published well over 200 articles, scientific reviews and book chapters, particularly about the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control, patient adherence with therapy and the epidemiology of and advocacy for issues related to tuberculosis and Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. He edited two editions of the first comprehensive medical book covering tuberculosis in 20 years: Tuberculosis, A Comprehensive International Approach (Marcel Dekker, 1993, 2000) and a third edition, Reichman and Hershfield’s Tuberculosis, A Comprehensive International Approach, edited by Mario Raviglione was published in 2006. Timebomb, The Global Epidemic of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis with Janice Hopkins Tanne, McGraw-Hill, 2002 was named first prize winner as the best trade medical book for 2002 by the American Medical Writers Association. Paperback edition was published in September 2003. He has given invited lectures and/or program consultations in 41 U.S. states and 47 countries.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960 from Oberlin College in Ohio, Dr. Reichman earned his doctorate in medicine degree in 1964 from New York University School of Medicine where in 2003 he received its highest award, The Solomon A. Berson Award for lifetime achievement in Health Sciences. He completed his internship and the first year of his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and then served as a Peace Corps physician in Bolivia as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. He finished his training at Harlem Hospital Center in New York as pulmonary fellow. He earned a Masters in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore in 1971.

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