Stephen Luby

Stephen P. Luby, MD

  • Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
  • Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy)
  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Faculty Affiliate at the Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions
  • Director of Research, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

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Prof. Stephen Luby studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Creighton University. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prof. Luby's former positions include leading the Epidemiology Unit of the Community Health Sciences Department at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, for five years and working as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exploring causes and prevention of diarrheal disease in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of childhood death.  Immediately prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Prof. Luby served for eight years at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), where he directed the Centre for Communicable Diseases. He was also the Country Director for CDC in Bangladesh.

During his over 25 years of public health work in low-income countries, Prof. Luby frequently encountered political and governance difficulties undermining efforts to improve public health. His work within the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) connects him with a community of scholars who provide ideas and approaches to understand and address these critical barriers.



Journal Articles
January 2022

Displacing fishmeal with protein derived from stranded methane

Displacing fishmeal with protein derived from stranded methane
Working Papers
November 2021

The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh

The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh

In The News

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Beyond Climate Dread

Stephen Luby is among a growing number of Stanford Medicine community members dedicated to finding solutions to urgent problems of planetary and human health.
Beyond Climate Dread