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)

Building Equitable Neuroscience Research Collaborations in Resource-limited Settings.
(2024 Apr)
Semin Neurol 44(2): 159-167
Asukile MT, Zunt JR, Thakur KT

Outcomes and Experiences of Patients and Their Caregivers After Severe Stroke Requiring Tube Feeding in Peru.
(2024 Apr)
J Pain Symptom Manage 67(4): 296-305
Abedini NC, Shulein OM, Berrú-Villalobos S, Ramírez-Quiñones J, Creutzfeldt CJ, Portocarrero J, Zunt JR, Abanto-Argomedo C

Scoping review of measures of treatment burden in patients with multimorbidity: advancements and current gaps.
(2023 Jul)
J Clin Epidemiol 159(): 92-105
Mendoza-Quispe D, Perez-Leon S, Alarcon-Ruiz CA, Gaspar A, Cuba-Fuentes MS, Zunt JR, Montori VM, Bazo-Alvarez JC, Miranda JJ

Elevated Plasma von Willebrand Factor Levels Are Associated With Subsequent Ischemic Stroke in Persons With Treated HIV Infection.
(2021 Nov)
Open Forum Infect Dis 8(11): ofab521
Graham SM, Nance RM, Chen J, Le J, Chung DW, Wurfel MM, Tirschwell DL, Zunt JR, Marra CM, Ho EL, Huffer A, Chow FC, Martin JN, Ryan AS, Crane HM, López JA, Liles WC

Managing Post-Stroke Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic at a Tertiary Care Level Hospital in Peru.
(2022 Apr)
J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 31(4): 106275
Zafra-Tanaka JH, Portocarrero J, Abanto C, Zunt JR, Miranda JJ

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