Upstate Medical University

Michele Spring

Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician

Dr. Michele Spring is a pediatric infectious disease physician who joined Upstate Medical University in 2023. She previously worked for 18 years as a clinical trials researcher within the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) malaria research program in the Washington DC area. There, she helped evaluate the safety and efficacy of malaria vaccines, followed by more than 10 years in Thailand conducting malaria field studies. Her research now primarily focuses on relapsing malaria (Plasmodium vivaxandovale), studying the host and parasite factors that may influence treatment success.Her job at Upstate also includes working as a pediatrician in the Center for International Health, an outpatient clinic dedicated to new refugee and immigrant arrivals in the Syracuse area.

Her medical training began with a Bachelor of Science at the University of Notre Dame followed by a Master of Science in Public Health in parasitology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, she completed medical school at Vanderbilt University, pediatrics residency at University of California at San Francisco, then a pediatric disease fellowship at Vanderbilt University with a malaria immunology research project in western Kenya with Case Western Reserve University.

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