Dr. David Brett-Major focuses on clinical research, its relationships across the diverse scientific and public health elements of the program and the international network of trial sites. An internal medicine and infectious diseases physician, he works to develop and align the program's continuum of broad-based capacity, scientific understanding and product development.
A 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in pure mathematics, Dr. Brett-Major first worked as a naval officer at sea. After tours at sea and shore, he transitioned to the medical corps, completing his M.D. degree at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University (USU). His clinical training was based at the then National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He earned a Master's of Public Health degree in Tropical Public Health from USU. Along his naval medical career, Dr. Brett-Major ran the U.S. Military Tropical Medicine program, the Navy Bloodborne Infection Management Center and directed Field Laboratory Operations for the Navy Medicine research and development enterprise. For two years, Dr. Brett-Major served as a World Health Organization medical officer, loaned from the Department of the Navy. He provided technical advice on alert and response operations and worked in health security policy. During his tenure in Geneva, he participated in the Task Force for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Avian Influenza A(H7N9) and later worked in Geneva and in the field during the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.
Technical areas of Dr. Brett-Major's work include clinical research towards an effective preventive vaccine against HIV infection and emerging diseases risk management.