Prof David Mabey

Prof David MabeyTel: 020 3447 5972
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Hospital for Tropical Diseases

Tropical and infectious diseases

Professional background

David Mabey is a physician specialising in Infectious and Tropical Diseases. After training at Oxford University and St. Thomas's Hospital, he went to work at the Medical Research Council unit in The Gambia, West Africa in 1978, and was in charge of clinical services there from 1982-86. He joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and became an Honorary Consultant Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, in 1986. He was head of the Clinical Research Unit at the School from 1995-2002, and has been Director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine since 1995. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating centre for the Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections at the School, Chair of the Field Trials Committee of the STD Diagnostics Initiative at WHO, and a member of the WHO Diagnostics Expert Advisory Panel . He is also a member of the WHO Global Alliance against trachoma, and has sat on the Trachoma Expert Committee of the International Trachoma Initiative.

Research interests

Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Mabey D, Gill G, Parry E, Weber M, Whitty C, Eds. Principles of Medicine in Africa. 4th edition. Cambridge University Press. 2013

Telek Ayove, Wendy Houniei, Regina Wangnapi, Sibauk V Bieb, Walter Kazadi, Lisol-Nirau Luke, Clement Manineng, Penias Moses, Raymond Paru,Javan Esfandiari, Pedro L Alonso, Elisa de Lazzari, Quique Bassat, David Mabey, Oriol Mitjà Sensitivity and specificity of a rapid point-of-care test for active yaws: a comparative study. Lancet Global Health 2014: 2: e415-421.

Mitjà O, Houinei W, Moses P, Kapa A, Paru R, Hays R, Lukehart S, Godornes C, Vivaldo Bieb S, Grice T, Siba P, Mabey D, Sanz S, Alonso P, Asiedu K, Bassat Q. Mass Treatment with Single-Dose Azithromycin for Yaws. N Engl J Med 2015; 372:703-10.

Habtamu E, Wondie T, Aweke S, Tadesse Z, Zerihun M, Zewudie Z, Kello AB, Roberts CH, Emerson PM, Bailey RL, Mabey DC, Rajak SN, Callahan K, Weiss HA, Burton MJ. Posterior lamellar versus bilamellar tarsal rotation surgery for trachomatous trichiasis in Ethiopia: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 ;4(3):e175-84.

Peeling RW, Mabey D. Celebrating the decline in syphilis in pregnancy: a sobering reminder of what's left to do. Lancet Glob Health 2016 ;4(8):e503-4.

Marks M, Mitjà O, Vestergaard LS, Pillay A, Knauf S, Chen CY, Bassat Q, Martin DL, Fegan D, Taleo F, Kool J, Lukehart S, Emerson PM, Solomon AW, Ye T, Ballard RC, Mabey DC, Asiedu KB. Challenges and key research questions for yaws eradication. Lancet Infect Dis. 2015 Oct;15(10):1220-5.

GMC/GDC number: 2214061