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David Van Sickle, Ph.D., M.A.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Medical Anthropology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Environmental Health, Applied Public Health, Epidemiology, Engineering


Personal Webpage:

David Van Sickle is the co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis, a Madison, WI based company developing a new generation of tools for the management and surveillance of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The company is considered a leader in the use of technology to engage patients and communities in a new approach to chronic disease management and public health, and has been highlighted by HHS, NASA, TEDMED and others. He was recently named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work on innovation.

David received his PhD in medical anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2004. His dissertation research, funded by the National Science Foundation, examined the rising prevalence of asthma and allergy in India, a topic he previously studied among Native Americans in Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico. Between 2004-2006, he was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he was assigned to the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch. During this time, he provided epidemiological support to the National Asthma Control Program, and investigated the health effects of a variety of environmental exposures. In addition, he helped establish emergency illness and injury surveillance in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Other News:

ASTHMAPOLIS - Outsmarting Asthma, Together

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of David Van Sickle's available publications in PubMed.