Senior Pathologist, Infectious Disease, Joint Pathology Center; Visiting Professor, Duke University Medical School, Department of Pathology;
Dr. Ann Nelson graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School in 1978 and received board certification in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1984. She did post-residency training in infectious and tropical disease pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (1984-85).
She was a pioneer in descriptive pathology of HIV/AIDS in Africa, including five years (1986 to 1991) at Projet SIDA, an international AIDS project Democratic Republic of the Congo and a Fulbright Fellowship (2008-2009) at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda and Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Science, Tanzania. In addition to diagnostic pathology, the primary focus of her work is capacity building in anatomic pathology diagnostic laboratories and linking anatomic pathology to ongoing clinical and epidemiologic research projects in the respective countries to create functioning diagnostic and research capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa that is sustainable. She has extensive experience in networking across disciplines and in seminar/conference organization.
Over the past 5 years she worked with a group of collaborators to do a comprehensive survey of pathology workforce, workload, infrastructure and education in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is working with the Presidents of the African Divisions of the International Academy of Pathology on the formation of an African IAP Assembly. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications.