Editor Profile

Anna Wald, MD, MPH

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Women’s Health Board

Anna Wald, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Medicine, and Medical Director at the Virology Research Clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle, is an infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist whose interests center on the natural history of herpes virus infections and their interactions with HIV. The focus of her studies has been the epidemiology and natural history of genital herpes in various populations, with emphasis on the course of viral shedding throughout the disease and its relationship to transmission. She is also an investigator in clinical trials of candidate herpes simplex virus vaccines and antivirals and the role of HSV-2 in HIV acquisition and transmission. Dr. Wald began writing for NEJM Journal Watch Women's Health in 2005.


Consultant / Advisory board

AiCuris; Merck (DSMB)



Grant / Research support

NIH/National Cancer Institute; NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Genocea Biosciences; Vical

Editorial boards

Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Sexually Transmitted Infections

Leadership positions in professional societies

International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (Board Member)

Summaries by Anna Wald