Division of Geographic Medicine

The Division of Geographic Medicine, a part of the Center for Vaccine Development, is internationally recognized as a leader in the development and testing of vaccines. The division maintains a Travelers' Clinic that provides comprehensive health care for children and adults who are about to leave on a brief or extended trip overseas.

Patient Conditions

  • Patients who need immunizations prior to travel
  • Victims of malaria, typhoid or other exotic diseases
  • Patients suffering from diarrhea or parasitic infections after travel

Comprehensive Evaluations

  • Evaluation of fever, diarrhea or other acquired diseases
  • Examination for parasites

Specialized Treatments

  • Immunizations
  • Diarrhea prophylaxis and treatment
  • Malaria chemoprophylaxis
  • Information about where to seek medical advice while abroad
  • Education about disease risks and preventions

Travelers' Clinic

The Travelers' Clinic, directed by Wilbur H. Chen, M.D., M.S., and staffed by University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development internists and pediatricians, offers comprehensive health care for those planning visits overseas, especially to tropical and subtropical countries and to more temperate countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. Services include immunizations to prevent yellow fever, typhoid fever, hepatitis A, meningococcal meningitis, and other infections found in host countries.

Travelers are educated about other health risks and how to prevent them, including travelers' diarrhea and other food- and water-borne infections, malaria and insect-borne infections, altitude sickness, and local crime activity. In addition, the Travelers' Clinic offers diagnostic and treatment services for diseases and conditions contracted overseas.

For More Information

To make an appointment, please phone the Department of Medicine Faculty Practice Office at 410-328-5196. The Clinic meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month and every Wednesday from 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians). If you prefer, you may call the division directly at 410-328-5196