Frank J. Sorvillo

Dr. Frank Sorvillo is Professor In-Residence in the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA’s School of Public Health and Chief of Public Health Records and Research with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. His interests include the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, particularly parasitic agents, and the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of infectious disease problems. Dr. Sorvillo currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • BS, Biology, Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven, CT

Areas of Interest

Dr. Sorvilllo’s current research focuses on the public health impact of three emerging or reemerging parasitic diseases including:

Cysticercosis, a parasitic infection caused by the larval form of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, often infects the brain where it is termed neurocysticercosis. This disease is an important global public health problem causing significant morbidity and appreciable mortality in wide areas of Latin America, Asia and Africa. Increasing evidence indicates that the burden of cysticercosis in the United States is considerable.

Selected Publications