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Anne Rimoin

Associate Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA School of Public Health
41-275 CHS
CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Emerging infectious diseases, zoonoses, monkeypox, neglected tropical diseases, disease surveillance, immunization, serosurveys, global health, infectious disease epidemiology.

Anne W. Rimoin, PhD, MPH is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), especially those of animal origin. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA School of Public Health and trained at Middlebury College (B.A. African History, 1992), UCLA School of Public Health (M.P.H, International Health and Nutrition, 1996), and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Ph.D. International Health, Division of Disease Prevention and Control, 2003).

Dr. Rimoin's methodological expertise is in the design and implementation of disease surveillance programs, epidemiologic studies, and field trials in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, she founded Congo BioMed, a foundation created to promote biomedical research, training and sustainable health programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Rimoin has extensive experience in disease surveillance and field epidemiology in international settings. Upon graduating from Middlebury College in 1992, Dr. Rimoin spent two years in the Peace Corps as a coordinator for the guinea worm eradication program in Benin, West Africa. After completing her MPH at UCLA, Dr. Rimoin worked for the World Health Organization in India and Nepal, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Ethiopia and Eritrea implementing disease surveillance and supervising cold chain for the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) and the Polio Eradication Program. She initiated a collaborative relationship between the US Peace Corps and the World Health Organization where Peace Corps Volunteers supported the National Immunization Days for polio and assist in disease surveillance for EPI and the National Polio Eradication Program. Dr. Rimoin was subsequently hired as a consultant by WHO and the Peace Corps to design a program and training materials for health-oriented Peace Corps volunteers in Africa and Nepal to carry out disease surveillance activities including disease reporting, case investigation, and case verification. Dr. Rimoin has since consulted for various NGOs to design a similar program and training materials for Peace Corps volunteers and non-governmental organizations to use in rural and urban settings in sub-Saharan Africa.

After completing her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Division of Disease Prevention and Control, Department of International Health, Dr. Rimoin worked as a program scientist for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research on studies related to maternal and child health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, Dr. Rimoin directs an epidemiologic study of human monkeypox in the DRC. She has established a research site in central DRC which now serves as the headquarters for a variety of studies of cross species transmission of disease. Dr. Rimoin collaborates closely with the DRC Ministry of Health and has offices in Kinshasa at the National Laboratory and in central Congo in Lodja, the administrative capital of the Sankuru District in the Kasai Oriental. She is fluent in French and conversant in Lingala, the lingua franca of the DRC.

Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Masters of Public Health, UCLA
Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Rimoin Anne W, Walker Christa L Fischer, Chitale Rohit A, Hamza Hala S, Vince A, Gardovska Dace, da Cunha Antonio L, Qazi S, Steinhoff Mark C Variation in clinical presentation of childhood group A streptococcal pharyngitis in four countries.. Journal of tropical pediatrics. 2008; 54(5): 308-12.

LeBreton Matthew, Yang Otto, Tamoufe Ubald, Mpoudi-Ngole Eitel, Torimiro Judith N, Djoko Cyrille F, Carr Jean K, Tassy Prosser A, Rimoin Anne W, Birx Deborah L, Burke Donald S, Wolfe Nathan D Exposure to wild primates among HIV-infected persons.. Emerging infectious diseases. 2007; 13(10): 1579-82.

Rimoin Anne W, Kisalu Neville, Kebela-Ilunga Benoit, Mukaba Thibaut, Wright Linda L, Formenty Pierre, Wolfe Nathan D, Shongo Robert Loshima, Tshioko Florimond, Okitolonda Emile, Muyembe Jean-Jacques, Ryder Robert W, Meyer Hermann Endemic human monkeypox, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2001-2004.. Emerging infectious diseases. 2007; 13(6): 934-7.

Fischer Walker Christa L, Rimoin Anne W, Hamza H S, Steinhoff Mark C Comparison of clinical prediction rules for management of pharyngitis in settings with limited resources.. The Journal of pediatrics. 2006; 149(1): 64-71.

Nalca Aysegul, Rimoin Anne W, Bavari Sina, Whitehouse Chris A Reemergence of monkeypox: prevalence, diagnostics, and countermeasures.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2005; 41(12): 1765-71.