Brad Stoner, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases of the School of Medicine
Dr. Stoner is a medical anthropologist and infectious disease physician with a strong interest in public health research and practice. He serves as the director of the Medicine and Society program in Arts and Sciences, which is implementing a new Minor in Public Health for undergraduate students at Washington University. Dr. Stoner holds a joint appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine, and works closely with the St. Louis County Department of Health as a consultant and collaborator for sexually transmitted disease (STD) control and prevention. From 1995 to 2006, he served as the medical director of the St. Louis County STD Clinic, and continues to serve as medical director of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center.
Dr. Stoner’s research focuses on the clinical epidemiology of STDs, and the social and behavioral determinants of STD risk. He is currently completing a research study of self-collected vaginal swabs for Chlamydia trachomatis detection, which was funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is closely involved in establishing and supervising community-based health internships for undergraduate students in the Department of Anthropology. He teaches several advanced level undergraduate courses which emphasize public and community health, including “Anthropology and Public Health,” “Medicine and Anthropology,” and “The Political Economy of Health.” And also teaches a Freshman seminar on Medicine and Society, which addresses controversial issues facing the fields of medicine and public health at local, national, and international levels.
What opportunities do you see for interdisciplinary collaboration on public health initiatives in the future?
“The Institute for Public Health opens up numerous opportunities for collaboration and interaction across disciplines and across schools at Washington University. First and foremost, the Institute will provide a conceptual home for the discipline of epidemiology, which is currently scattered across several departments at the medical school.
The Institute will also bring together health-minded professionals from Social Work and Medicine to work on problems of common interest, such as health policy and health behavior. Moreover, the Institute will facilitate interaction among engineers who are interested in environmental health issues such as air and water quality; architects who are interested in the health impacts of the “built environment;” legal experts from the School of Law who are interested in the legal framework of public health and governmental limits; and experts from the Business School who are interested in health care management and health economics.
Personally, I am most excited about the opportunities for faculty with Arts and Sciences to provide meaningful instruction in public health to undergraduates, and to facilitate research and service collaboration with faculty across schools at the university. Our undergraduates represent a powerful and talented resource pool for service and research projects in public health. Faculty in other schools will benefit from greater involvement of the undergraduate Arts and Sciences student body in their community-based research activities.”