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SPH Home Epidemiology & Biostatistics Faculty Guthrie S. Birkhead
Epi and Biostatistics

Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health,SUNY

Director, Center for Community Health
Director, AIDS Institute

ESP, Corning Tower, Rm. 1417
Albany, New York

Phone: (518)402-5382
Fax: 518-486-1415

     Guthrie S. Birkhead


  • A.B., cum laude, 1975. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • M.D., cum laude, 1979. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
  • M.P.H., 1985. The John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine, 1979-1982, University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA.
  • Preventive Medicine Resident, 1984-1985, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore MD.
  • Preventive Medicine Resident, 1987-1988, Centers for Disease Control, Division of Surveillance and Epidemiologic Studies, Epidemiology Program Office, Atlanta, GA.

Courses Taught:
Epi 504, Computer Applications in Epidemiology, director EpiInfo unit (first half of semester), Co-Director and Lecturer, 1990-1995.

Epi 512, Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Co-Course Director and Lecturer, Summer 1990, 1992, 1995.

Epi 605, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Co-Course Director and Lecturer, 1989-1994, 1996.

Epi 605, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Surveillance, Lecturer, 2003-2006.

SPH 701, Doctoral Seminar in Public Health. Co-Director and Lecturer. AIDS unit (quarter semester), 1997-1999.

Graduate Courses Taught at other Universities/Institutions:

Instructor, Epidemiology Course, University of Vermont College of Medicine, focusing on critical appraisal of the medical literature, three two-hour sessions, plus preparation, per week, January 1985 and 1986.

Instructor for the 1987 EIS Epidemiology Course and facilitator for the EIS Course Field Exercise, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, full-time participation for five weeks, including preparation period involving curriculum review and problem set writing and editing, during June-July 1987.

Research intrests
HIV Epidemiology
Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Selected Publications:

Birkhead GS, LeBaron CW, Parsons P, Grabau JC, Barr-Gale L, Fuhrman J, Brooks S, Rosenthal J, Hadler SC, Morse DL. The Immunization of Children Enrolled in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): The Impact of Different Strategies. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1995 Jul 26;274(4):312-6.

Wade NA*,**, Birkhead GS, Warren BL, Charbonneau TT, French T, Wang L, Baum J, Tesoriero J, Savicki R. Abbreviated Regimens of Zidovudine Prophylaxis and Perinatal Transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The New England Journal of Medicine. 1998 Nov 12;339(20):1409-14.

Roush SW, Birkhead GS, Koo D, Coob A, Fleming D. Mandatory Reporting of Diseases and Conditions by Health Care Professionals and Laboratories. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 1999 Jul 14;282(2):164-70.

Birkhead, GS, Chang HG, Smith PE, Warren BL, Glaros RS, Pass KA, DeBuono BA. Consented testing of newborns and childbearing women for human immunodeficiency virus through a newborn metabolic screen program. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2000 Jul;183(1):245-51.

Recommendations from the Guidelines Working Group. Gorman RR, Lee LM, Horan JM, Milstein RC, Pertowsky CA, Waller MN, Birkhead GS. Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems. CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2001;50(No. RR-13): 1-29.

Pulver WP, Glebatis D, Wade N, Birkhead GS, Smith P. Trends From an HIV Seroprevalence Study Among Childbearing Women in New York State From 1988 Through 2000: A Valuable Epidemiologic Tool. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2004 May;158(5):443-8.

Wade NA, Zielinski MA, Butsashvili M*, McNutt LA, Warren BL, Glaros R, Cheku B, Pulver W, Pass K, Fox K, Novello AC, Birkhead GS. Decline in Perinatal HIV Transmission in New York State (1997-2000). Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2004 Aug 15;36(5):1075-82.

Hutchins SA, Birkhead GS, Kenyan K, et al. Public Health Surveillance for Smallpox Disease in the United States, 2003-2005: Results of a National Survey. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2006. In Press.

Tesoriero J, Birkhead GS, Battles H, Heavner K*, Leung SY, Nemeth C, Pulver W. The Impact of Name-Based Reporting and Partner Notification on HIV Testing in New York State. American Journal of Public Health. 2006. In Press.

Morse DL, Birkhead GS, Guzewich JJ. Investigating food-borne disease. In: Foodborne Disease Handbook. Hui YH, Pierson M, Gorham, JR (eds.). Los Angeles: Manuel Dekker. Second Edition 2000: 587-643, and First Edition, 1994:547-603.


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