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Michael Walsh, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Tel: (347) 557-1108 • Fax: (718) 270-2533

e-mail: Michael.Walsh@downstate.edu

  • About
  • Publications
Academic Qualifications:
  • PhD: University of Pittsburgh
  • MPH: University of Illinois at Chicago
Background and Expertise:

Dr. Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. He received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh and his MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Walsh was a co-founder of the Swasthya Community Health Partnership in Sringeri, India. This five year project trained community health nurses to serve the unique health needs of women in this rural community in southern Karnataka. Dr. Walsh’s specific research focused on human papillomavirus infection and cervical cancer during his time with Swasthya, and on a tuberculosis eradication project among the indigenous Soliga communities in the B.R. Hills prior to that. Subsequently, Dr. Walsh worked on diabetes and its microvascular complications with the WHO DiaComp Study and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study in Pittsburgh, both under the direction of Dr. Trevor Orchard. Several important publications resulted from this fruitful research. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Walsh went on to work with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Following this he joined the faculty of New York University where his research focused on biosurveillance of nosocomial infection and musculoskeletal disease. Dr. Walsh currently conducts research in helminthiases and arthropod-borne infections with a particular focus on the landscape epidemiology of toxocariasis and West Nile virus.

Areas of Research:

Dr. Walsh is an infectious disease epidemiologist. He is interested in the complex ecologies of human pathogens and the ways in which specific pathogens interact with hosts, vectors, and environments in the multi-dimensional space of the living surface that comprises the landscape of infection. As such, he is a strong proponent of applying a landscape approach to epidemiologic investigation, which combines spatial analysis with layered ecologic analysis and epidemiologic methods to explore associations between exposures and outcomes. Dr. Walsh currently has two primary research areas.

First, he is exploring the occurrence of toxocariasis in the urban environment and its potential association with poor lung function and poor cognitive development in children.

Second, he is studying the relationship between arthropod-borne and zoonotic infections and hydrogeography, forest fragmentation, and climate in New York State.

Courses Taught:
  • EPID 5202 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • EPID 5205 Epidemiological Research Methods II
  • EPID 7202 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods II
Websites:
  • www.infectionlandscapes.org
  • www.germlines.org
A Selection of Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Shanin Chowdhury, Dyala Jaroudi, Jorge Gandara, Nick Bernstein, Collin Boyer, Sofia Ahsanuddin, Nell Kirschberger, Timothy Nessel, Bharathi Sundaresh, Elizabeth Pereira, Amber Simmons, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Elizabeth Alter, Cem Meyden, Julia Maritz, Darryl Reeves, Sagar Chhangawala, Priyanka Vijay, Paul Zumbo, Michael Walsh, Scott Tighe, Yogesh Saletore, Noah Alexander, Joel Dudley, Eric E. Schadt, Anya Dunaif, Eoghan Ohalloran, Tiago R Magalhaes, Braden Boone, Katie Schneider, Jeanne Garbarino, Robert Prill, Jane Carlton, Shawn Levy, Christopher E. Mason. Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity using City-scale Metagenomics. Cell Systems July 29, 2015: 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cels.2015.01.001
  • Walsh MG, Haseeb M. The landscape configuration of zoonotic transmission of Ebola virus disease in West and Central Africa: interaction between population density and vegetation cover. PeerJ. 2015 Jan 20; 3:e735 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.735
  • Walsh MG. Rat sightings in New York City are associated with neighborhood sociodemographics, housing characteristics, and proximity to open public space. PeerJ. 2014 Aug 26;2:e533. doi: 10.7717/peerj.533.
  • Walsh MG and Haseeb MA. Small-area estimation of the probability of toxocariasis in New York City based on sociodemographic neighborhood composition. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 11;9(6):e99303. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099303.
  • Walsh MG. The role of hydrogeography and climate in the landscape epidemiology of West Nile virus in New York State from 2000 to 2010. PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e30620. Epub 2012 Feb 6.
  • Michael G. Walsh. Assessing Q fever in a representative sample from the United States population: identification of a potential occupational hazard. Epidemiol Infect. 2011 Mar 4:1-5.
  • Michael Walsh. Toxocara infection and diminished lung function in a nationally representative sample from the United States population. Int J Parasitol. 2011 Feb;41(2):243-7.
  • Laible C, Earl-Royal E, Davidovitch R, Walsh M, Egol KA. Infection after spanning external fixation for high-energy tibial plateau fractures: is pin site-plate overlap a problem? J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Feb;26(2):92-7.
  • Walsh M, Davidovitch RI, Egol KA. Ethnic disparities in recovery following distal radial fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 May;92(5):1082-7.
  • Schwarzkopf R, Chung C, Park JJ, Walsh M, Spivak JM, Steiger D. Effects of perioperative blood product use on surgical site infection following thoracic and lumbar spinal surgery. Spine. 2010 Feb 1;35(3):340-6.
  • Slover JD, Walsh MG, Zuckerman JD. J Arthroplasty. Sex and Race Characteristics in Patients Undergoing Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in an Urban Setting. 2010 Jun;25(4):576-80.
  • Michael G. Walsh, Charles Preston, Vipul Patel, Paul E. DiCesare. Risk Factors for Acute Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Orthopaedics 2008;5(2)e10.
  • Michael G. Walsh, Charles Preston, Matthew Bong, Vipul Patel, Paul E. DiCesare. Relative Risk Factors for Requirement of Blood Transfusion after Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty – 2007 Dec;22(8):1162-7.
  • Kenneth Egol, Nirmal Tejwani, Michael G. Walsh, Edward Capla, Kenneth Koval. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Predictors of Functional Outcome Following Ankle Fracture Surgery: The Results of a Prospective Database. 2006 May; 88(5): 974-9.
  • Eirc Fulkerson, Craig Della Valle, Michael G. Walsh, Brent Wise, Paul DiCesare. Antibiotic Susceptibility of Bacteria Infecting Total Joint Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2006 June; 88(6): 1231-1237 .
  • Michael G. Walsh, Janice Zgibor, Knut Borch-Johnsen, Trevor J Orchard, on behalf of all DiaComp Investigators. A Multinational Assessment of Complications in Type 1 Diabetes: The DiaMond Substudy of Complications (DiaComp) Level 1. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research. 2006 September; 3(2): 84-92.
  • Michael G. Walsh, Janice Zgibor, Knut Borch-Johnsen, Trevor J Orchard, on behalf of all DiaComp Investigators.The Socioeconomic Correlates of Global Complications Prevalence in Type 1 Diabetes: A Multinational Comparison to DiaComp. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2005 Nov; 70(2):143-50.
  • Michael G. Walsh, Janice Zgibor, Knut Borch-Johnsen, Trevor J Orchard, on behalf of all DiaComp Investigators. A Multinational Comparison of Complications Assessment in Type 1 Diabetes: The DiaMond Substudy of Complications (DiaComp) Level 2. Diabetes Care. 2004 Jul;27(7):1610-7.
Invited Commentaries:
  • Michael G. Walsh. A fine balance: Weighing risk factors against risk. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Jan 15;169(2):150-2.