Amy Y Vittor

Amy Y Vittor, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Of Medicine

Department: MD-INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Business Phone: (352) 294-5481
Business Email: amy.vittor@medicine.ufl.edu

About Amy Y Vittor

Dr. Amy Vittor is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the University of Florida, where she studies the interface between vector-borne disease, land use and host immunity. Interested in understanding linkages between ecology and global health, she conducted her doctorate in public health in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria and deforestation. She continued to work in global health during her medical training, treating patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya and Panama. While completing her clinical training, she studied dengue epidemiology in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical and Research Fellow, and embarked on collaborations with public health officials in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on dengue and climate change. Following a novel outbreak of Madariaga virus in the Darien region of Panama, she spent a year with the Gorgas Memorial Institute investigating potential animal hosts and human epidemiology. At present, she continues to study ecological and immunological drivers of arboviral emergence in the Darien region of Panama, and attends on the Infectious Diseases consultation service at Shands hospital at UF and the Malcolm Randall VA.

Dr. Vittor received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, her PhD in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003, her MD from Stanford University in 2007, and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Accomplishments

Member
2020 · Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
Awardee
2018 · NIH Loan Repayment Program Award
Awardee
2015 · NIH Loan Repayment Program Award
Nomination for Customer Service is Key
2014 · UF Health Shands Hospital
Clinical Research Fellowship
2011 · Fogarty International

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Disease
    American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Medicine
Subspecialties
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
Areas of Interest
  • Dengue fever
  • Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • West Nile virus infection
  • Zika virus disease

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Arboviral Disease
  • Conservation Medicine
  • Dengue Virus
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus
  • Ecological Links to Zoonotic Infections
  • Emerging infectious disease
  • Long-term Neurological Impacts of Viral Infection
  • Mayaro Virus
  • Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus
  • West Nile Virus

Publications

2021
Blood Biomarkers for Detection of Brain Injury in COVID-19 Patients.
Journal of neurotrauma. 38(1):1-43 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.2020.7332. [PMID] 33115334.
2021
Concurrent Pulmonary and Cerebellar Cryptococcus Gattii Cryptococcoma in an Apparently Immunocompetent Patient in Florida
Case Reports in Infectious Diseases. 2021:1-4 [DOI] 10.1155/2021/5564520.
2021
Microscopic Polyangiitis With Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage and Glomerulonephritis Complicating Acute Influenza Infection.
Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases. [DOI] 10.1097/RHU.0000000000001730. [PMID] 33843777.
2020
Clinical and Serological Findings of Madariaga and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Viral Infections: A Follow-up Study 5 Years After an Outbreak in Panama.
Open forum infectious diseases. 7(9) [DOI] 10.1093/ofid/ofaa359. [PMID] 33005697.
2020
Endemic and Epidemic Human Alphavirus Infections in Eastern Panama: An Analysis of Population-Based Cross-Sectional Surveys.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 103(6):2429-2437 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0408. [PMID] 33124532.
2020
Evaluation of the malaria elimination policy in Brazil: a systematic review and epidemiological analysis study.
Tropical biomedicine. 37(2):513-535 [PMID] 33235398.
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2020
Multidrug Therapy for Leprosy Can Cure Patients with Lobomycosis in Acre State, Brazil: A Proof of Therapy Study.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0090. [PMID] 33200722.
2020
West Nile Virus-Induced Neurologic Sequelae-Relationship to Neurodegenerative Cascades and Dementias.
Current tropical medicine reports. 7(1):25-36 [DOI] 10.1007/s40475-020-00200-7. [PMID] 32775145.
2018
Deforestation and vector-borne disease: Forest conversion favors important mosquito vectors of human pathogens.
Basic and applied ecology. 26:101-110 [DOI] 10.1016/j.baae.2017.09.012. [PMID] 34290566.
2018
Human and Equine Infection with Alphaviruses and Flaviviruses in Panamá during 2010: A Cross-Sectional Study of Household Contacts during an Encephalitis Outbreak.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 98(6):1798-1804 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0679. [PMID] 29737271.
2018
Islands as Hotspots for Emerging Mosquito-Borne Viruses: A One-Health Perspective.
Viruses. 11(1) [DOI] 10.3390/v11010011. [PMID] 30585228.
2017
Does deforestation promote or inhibit malaria transmission in the Amazon? A systematic literature review and critical appraisal of current evidence.
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 372(1722) [DOI] 10.1098/rstb.2016.0125. [PMID] 28438914.
2016
Epidemiology of Emergent Madariaga Encephalitis in a Region with Endemic Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis: Initial Host Studies and Human Cross-Sectional Study in Darien, Panama.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 10(4) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004554. [PMID] 27101567.
2016
Serologic Evidence of the Geographic Distribution of Bacterial Zoonotic Agents in Kenya, 2007.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 94(1):43-51 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0320. [PMID] 26598574.
2015
Seroprevalence of Infections with Dengue, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya Viruses in Kenya, 2007.
PloS one. 10(7) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0132645. [PMID] 26177451.
2014
Conservation efforts and malaria in the Brazilian Amazon.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 90(4):591-4 [DOI] 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0323. [PMID] 24277787.
2014
Molecular Diagnosis of TB in the HIV Positive Population.
Annals of global health. 80(6):476-85 [DOI] 10.1016/j.aogh.2015.01.001. [PMID] 25960097.
2013
Eastern equine encephalitis in Latin America.
The New England journal of medicine. 369(8):732-44 [DOI] 10.1056/NEJMoa1212628. [PMID] 23964935.
2011
Improving the diagnosis of tuberculosis: From QuantiFERON to new techniques to diagnose tuberculosis infections.
Current HIV/AIDS reports. 8(3):153-63 [DOI] 10.1007/s11904-011-0083-7. [PMID] 21660459.
2009
Linking deforestation to malaria in the Amazon: characterization of the breeding habitat of the principal malaria vector, Anopheles darlingi.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 81(1):5-12 [PMID] 19556558.
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2006
Limited diversity of Anopheles darlingi in the Peruvian Amazon region of Iquitos.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 75(2):238-45 [PMID] 16896125.
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2006
The effect of deforestation on the human-biting rate of Anopheles darlingi, the primary vector of Falciparum malaria in the Peruvian Amazon.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 74(1):3-11 [PMID] 16407338.
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2000
Effects of environmental change on emerging parasitic diseases.
International journal for parasitology. 30(12-13):1395-405 [PMID] 11113264.
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Grants

Jun 2021 ACTIVE
Biomarkers of Neurological Injury for the Encephalitic Alphaviruses
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER
Jan 2021 ACTIVE
COVID-19 Rapid Assay
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: KAOHSIUNG MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
Jun 2019 ACTIVE
Examining how blood meals from different vertebrate species influence the midgut microbiome of the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti, and its susceptibility to arboviral infections
Role: Consultant
Funding: UF RESEARCH
Apr 2016 – Jun 2021
Heterologous immunity and host susceptibility to emerging alphaviral infections
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID

Education

Postdoctoral Global Health Fellowship
2012-2013 · University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Clinical Research Fellow
2011-2012 · Fogarty International
Infectious Disease Fellowship
2009-2013 · Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Internal Medicine Residency
2007-2009 · Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical Degree
2002-2007 · Stanford University School of Medicine
PhD
1999-2003 · Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
MHS
1997-1999 · Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
BA
1993-1997 · University of California

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019-2021
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2020
PHC6937 Special Topics in Public Health
2018
PHC6722 Environmental and Global Health Research Methods Rotation
2018
MDT7090 Elective Topics
2018
VME7979 Advanced Research
2018
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2018
BMS6300 Fund Micro and Immuno

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5481
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