James W. Curran, MD, MPH

Dean, Rollins School of Public Health
James W. Curran

Additional Titles

Adjunct Professor
Emory University School of Medicine and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Co-Director and Principal Investigator

Co-Director for Prevention Science


In 1995 James W. Curran was appointed professor of epidemiology and dean of the Rollins School of Public Health.

Graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he received his MD from the University of Michigan and a master of public health from Harvard University. In 1981 Dr. Curran coordinated the task force on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and then led the HIV/AIDS Division. While at the CDC, he attained the rank of the assistant surgeon general.

Dr. Curran is a fellow of the American Epidemiologic Society, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Author or co-author of more than 290 scholarly publications, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. He was given the Surgeon General's Medal of Excellence in 1996 and the John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association in 2003. In 2015 Curran was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Curran is an adjunct Professor of Medicine and Nursing, and Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research. He is immediate past chair of the board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Additionally, he holds an endowed chair known as the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health.