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George Rutherford

Dr. George Rutherford is the director of the Institute for Global Health, the Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor, and the head of the Division of Prevention Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. He is also Professor of Pediatrics and of Family and Community Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Health Administration at the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. 

Rutherford plays a leading role in California’s COVID-19 response. His recent publications include: Will Coronavirus Disease 2019 Become Seasonal? (Journal of Infectious Disease June 21, 2020), and Estimation of effects of contact tracing and mask adoption on COVID-19 transmission in San Francisco: a modeling study (medRxiv June 11, 2020).

Educated at Stanford University and the Duke University School of Medicine, Rutherford is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health. Following training in epidemiology in the Centers for Disease Control's Epidemic Intelligence Service, he spent the majority of his professional career in public health practice, with a primary emphasis on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases. He has held a number of positions in public health agencies.


Recent Publications

COVID-19 Outlook: An Interview with George Rutherford
Sept. 2, 2020 | Lindsay Morgan interviews George Rutherford
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health of communities, economies, and political systems. IGCC affiliated researcher George Rutherford, Salvatore Pablo Lucia professor and the head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology at the School of Medicine at UC San Francisco, has been instrumental in the COVID-19 response at the local, national, and global level. Here, he weighs in on the most encouraging—and most worrying—developments, and on what has surprised him about this pandemic.

  • global health
  • epidemiology
  • tuberculosis
  • HIV prevention
  • public health

Steering Committee member, current