Professor David Mabey

RSTMH President

David Mabey is the President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine Hygiene. He started his tenure as President in September 2019, having been elected to the Board in the same year. 

Professor Mabey is a physician specialising in Infectious and Tropical Diseases. After training in the UK, he went to work at the Medical Research Council unit in The Gambia, West Africa in 1978, and was in charge of clinical services there from 1982-86.

He joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1986, and was made Professor of Communicable Diseases in 1994. He was an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London from 1987 to 2019.

He was head of the Clinical Research Unit at the School from 1995-2002, and was Director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine/Global Health Research from 1995 to 2018.

He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and is currently Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is a member of the WHO Global Alliance for the elimination of trachoma, and has sat on the Trachoma Expert Committee of the International Trachoma Initiative.

He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to health development in Africa and Asia, and the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in 2020.

He has been a Fellow of RSTMH since 1986 and, in his role as President, will work with the team to promote the mission of the Society and increase its global impact.