Joseph Zunt

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Neurology
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.



MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1998
MD Medicine, University of Minnesota, 1991
BA Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1986



Box 359775
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue, Room 3EH70
Seattle, WA 98104


Dr. Joseph Zunt's research in Peru started in 1996 while he was an infectious diseases fellow examining the neurologic manifestations of HTLV-1 infection upon female sex workers (FSW). This research expanded to include studies that compared the epidemiology of HTLV-1, HTLV-2, HIV and retroviral co-infections in the general population, in indigenous populations, in men who have sex with men, and in children. This research lead to projects examining other sexually transmitted infections, such as human papillomavirus – leading to improved testing and treatment of marginalized populations. Dr. Zunt and his team developed a nationwide surveillance in five Peruvian cities to define etiologies of meningitis and encephalitis – with the anticipated finding that the majority of identified causes of encephalitis were due to herpes simplex virus infection. 

Since 2004, Dr. Zunt has mentored 80 US and Peruvian medical students and physicians who have completed 11-month research projects in Peru. Over the first eight years of the NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellows and Scholars Program, the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium has supported training of 172 doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees in 8 countries. Through NIH-supported programs, Dr. Zunt has participated in the development of syllabi, workshops and hybrid on-line/in-person training to improve research methodology and priorities, research ethics, capacity building and mentorship training offered across the globe.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of central nervous system infections in South America with emphasis on retroviruses
  • Viral meningoencephalitis

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Prevalence of stroke survival in rural communities living in northern Peru.
PLoS One 16(7): e0254440
Moyano LM, Montano SM, Vilchez Barreto P, Reto N, Larrauri L, Mori N, Cornejo-Olivas M, Guevara-Silva E, Urizar F, Najar E, Gamboa R, Azabache C, Herrer Ticse R, Bolivar-Herrada L, Doud A, Martinez P, Miranda JJ, Zunt JR, GarcĂ­a HH, Cysticercosis Working Group for Peru.

Tuberculous Meningitis: Impact of Timing of Treatment Initiation on Mortality.
(2021 Jul)
Open Forum Infect Dis 8(7): ofab345
Soria J, Chiappe A, Gallardo J, Zunt JR, Lescano AG

Types of Stroke Among People Living With HIV in the United States.
(2021 Apr 15)
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 86(5): 568-578
Crane HM, Nance RM, Avoundjian T, Harding BN, Whitney BM, Chow FC, Becker KJ, Marra CM, Zunt JR, Ho EL, Kalani R, Huffer A, Burkholder GA, Willig AL, Moore RD, Mathews WC, Eron JJ, Napravnik S, Lober WB, Barnes GS, McReynolds J, Feinstein MJ, Heckbert SR, Saag MS, Kitahata MM, Delaney JAC, Tirschwell DL

Intimate Partner Violence, Poverty, and Maternal Health Care-Seeking Among Young Women in Kenya: a Cross-Sectional Analysis Informing the New Sustainable Development Goals.
(2020 Mar)
Glob Soc Welf 7(1): 1-13
Burns PA, Zunt JR, Hernandez B, Wagenaar BH, Kumar M, Omolo D, Breinbauer C

Challenges of Thrombolysis in a Developing Country: Characteristics and Outcomes in Peru.
(2020 Jul)
J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 29(7): 104819
Abanto C, Valencia A, Calle P, Barrientos D, Flores N, Novoa M, Ecos RL, Ramirez JA, Ulrich AK, Zunt JR, Tirschwell DL, Wahlster S

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