Jessica K. Fairley, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine


Jessica Fairley, MD, MPH graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown University. She then went on to do her fellowship in infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland OH. During fellowship, she completed the Diploma Program in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She subsequently earned a Masters in Public Health in global epidemiology from Emory University in 2016. Dr. Fairley joined Emory in 2010 and currently holds a primary appointment as assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. She is also jointly appointed in Rollins School of Public Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health, where she teaches and mentors students. She works at Emory TravelWell Center where her clinical scope involves preparing travelers for international travel and evaluating returning travelers or immigrants with various syndromes or infections. She also directs the Emory Hansen’s Disease Program, a satellite clinic of the National Hansen’s Disease Program, whose mission is to care for patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and to raise awareness of the disease. Her research and academic interests center around the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases, in particular, leprosy. Projects focus on the susceptibility, transmission, and morbidity of leprosy by investigating the role of parasitic co-infections and micronutrient deficiencies on those with M. leprae infection in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Lastly, she teaches core Global Health courses at RSPH and the College. Link to Emory Healthcare bio


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Phillips DA, Ferreira JA, Ansah D, Teixeira HSA, Kitron U, de Filippis T, de Alcântara MH, Fairley JK. A Tale of Two Neglected Tropical Infections: Using GIS to Assess the Spatial and Temporal Overlap of Schistosomiasis and Leprosy in a Region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2017 Apr;112(4):275-280

Lammert S, Rao SR, Jentes ES, Fairley JK, Erksine S, Walker AT, Hagmann SH, Sotir MJ, Ryan ET, LaRocque RC. Refusal of recommended travel-related vaccines among U.S. international travelers in Global TravEpiNet. J Travel Med. 2016 Oct 30;24(1).

Leon K, Jacob JT; Franco-Paredes C, Kozarsky PE, Wu HM, Fairley JK. Delayed Diagnosis, Leprosy Reactions, and Nerve Injury Among Individuals with Hansen's Disease seen at a U.S. Clinic. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 25;3(2).

Fairley JK, Kozarsky PE, Kraft CS, Guarner Jeannette, Steinberg JP, Anderson E, Jacob JT, Meloy P, Gillespie D, Espinoza TR, Isakov A, Vanairsdale S, Baker E, Wu HM. ­­Ebola or Not? Evaluating the ill traveler from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 18;3(1).

Mensah Awere D, Bratschi M, Steinmann P, Fairley JK, Gillis TP. Symposium Report: Developing Strategies to Block the Transmission of Leprosy. Lepr Rev. 2015 Jun;86(2)

Fairley JK, Bisanzio D, King CH, Kitron U, Mungai P, Muchiri E, King CL, and Malhotra I. Birthweight in offspring of mothers with high prevalence of helminth and malaria infection in coastal Kenya. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 88(1), 2013, pp. 48–53