George W. Rutherford MD, AM

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Health Administration
Education: 
  • MD - Duke University School of Medicine
Courses: 
  • PH 253A: Topics in Public Health Surveillance
  • PH 288A-D: Preventive Medicine Residency Seminar
Research Interests: 
  • Epidemiology and prevention of HIV in developing world
  • Epidemiology and prevention of coccidioidomycosis
  • Meta-analysis and guidelines development
  • Childhood injury prevention and emergency services
  • Health and readjustment needs of deployed military populations
Research Description: 

My primary research interest is in the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries. Current research interests include the epidemiology and control of human immunodeficiency virus infection and AIDS-related opportunistic infections, especially in the developing world, the prevention of coccidioidomycosis, sexually transmitted disease control in California, pediatric vaccination policy, the role of public health in managed care, evidence-based public health practice, the epidemiology and control of tuberculosis in California and emerging infectious diseases.

Selected Publications: 

Anglemyer A, Horvath T, Rutherford G. Antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. JAMA. 2013 Oct 16; 310(15):1619-20.

de Lemos LM, Lippi J, Rutherford GW, Duarte GS, Martins NG, Santos VS, Gurgel RQ. Maternal risk factors for HIV infection in infants in northeastern Brazil. Int J Infect Dis. 2013 Oct; 17(10):e913-8.

Anglemyer A, Rutherford GW, Horvath T, Baggaley RC, Egger M, Siegfried N. Antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013; 4:CD009153.

Kerr LR, Mota RS, Kendall C, Pinho Ade A, Mello MB, Guimarães MD, Dourado I, de Brito AM, Benzaken A, McFarland W, Rutherford G. HIV among MSM in a large middle-income country. AIDS. 2013 Jan 28; 27(3):427-35.

Travassos AG, Brites C, Netto EM, Fernandes Sde A, Rutherford GW, Queiroz CM. Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among HIV-infected women in Brazil. Braz J Infect Dis. 2012 Nov; 16(6):581-5.

Morin SF, Yamey G, Rutherford GW. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. BMJ. 2012; 345:e5412.

Vahidnia F, Petersen M, Stapleton JT, Rutherford GW, Busch M, Custer B. Acquisition of GB virus type C and lower mortality in patients with advanced HIV disease. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Oct; 55(7):1012-9.

Horvath T, Azman H, Kennedy GE, Rutherford GW. Mobile phone text messaging for promoting adherence to antiretroviral therapy in patients with HIV infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012; 3:CD009756.

Bain-Brickley D, Butler LM, Kennedy GE, Rutherford GW. Interventions to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy in children with HIV infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011; (12):CD009513.

Rutherford GW. Antiretroviral therapy and the prevention of sexually transmitted HIV infection. BMJ. 2011; 343:d7796.

Anglemyer A, Rutherford GW, Baggaley RC, Egger M, Siegfried N. Antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011; (8):CD009153.

Bermúdez-Aza EH, Kerr LR, Kendall C, Pinho AA, de Mello MB, Mota RS, Guimarães MD, Alencar CS, de Brito AM, Dourado IC, da Batista SM, Abreu F, de Oliveira LC, de Souza Moraes A, Benzaken AS, Merchan-Hamann E, de Freitas GM, McFarland W, Albuquerque E, Rutherford GW, Sabino E. Antiretroviral drug resistance in a respondent-driven sample of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in Brazil. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Aug; 57 Suppl 3:S186-92.

Salani Mota RM, Sansigolo Kerr LR, Kendall C, Pinho A, de Mello MB, Dourado I, Guimarães MD, Brito A, Batista S, Abreu F, Benzaken A, Oliveira L, Moraes A, Merchan-Hamann E, Freitas G, Albuquerque EM, McFarland W, Rutherford G. Reliability of self-report of HIV status among men who have sex with men in Brazil. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Aug; 57 Suppl 3:S153-6.

Anglemyer A, Rutherford GW, Egger M, Siegfried N. Antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011; (5):CD009153.

Hector RF, Rutherford GW, Tsang CA, Erhart LM, McCotter O, Anderson SM, Komatsu K, Tabnak F, Vugia DJ, Yang Y, Galgiani JN. The public health impact of coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Apr; 8(4):1150-73.

Ng BE, Butler LM, Horvath T, Rutherford GW. Population-based biomedical sexually transmitted infection control interventions for reducing HIV infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011; (3):CD001220.

Butler LM, Were WA, Balinandi S, Downing R, Dollard S, Neilands TB, Gupta S, Rutherford GW, Mermin J. Human herpesvirus 8 infection in children and adults in a population-based study in rural Uganda. J Infect Dis. 2011 Mar 1; 203(5):625-34.

Gupta R, Dandu M, Packel L, Rutherford G, Leiter K, Phaladze N, Korte FP, Iacopino V, Weiser SD. Depression and HIV in Botswana: a population-based study on gender-specific socioeconomic and behavioral correlates. PLoS One. 2010; 5(12):e14252.

Mbuagbaw LC, Irlam JH, Spaulding A, Rutherford GW, Siegfried N. Efavirenz or nevirapine in three-drug combination therapy with two nucleoside-reverse transcriptase inhibitors for initial treatment of HIV infection in antiretroviral-naïve individuals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010; (12):CD004246.

Spaulding A, Rutherford GW, Siegfried N. Tenofovir or zidovudine in three-drug combination therapy with one nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor and one non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor for initial treatment of HIV infection in antiretroviral-naïve individuals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010; (10):CD008740.

Spaulding A, Rutherford GW, Siegfried N. Stavudine or zidovudine in three-drug combination therapy for initial treatment of HIV infection in antiretroviral-naïve individuals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010; (8):CD008651.

Rutherford GW, McFarland W, Spindler H, White K, Patel SV, Aberle-Grasse J, Sabin K, Smith N, Taché S, Calleja-Garcia JM, Stoneburner RL. Public health triangulation: approach and application to synthesizing data to understand national and local HIV epidemics. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10:447.

Humphreys EH, Smith NA, Azman H, McLeod D, Rutherford GW. Prevention of diarrhoea in children with HIV infection or exposure to maternal HIV infection. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010; (6):CD008563.

Siegfried N, Uthman OA, Rutherford GW. Optimal time for initiation of antiretroviral therapy in asymptomatic, HIV-infected, treatment-naive adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010; (3):CD008272.

Chang LW, Kennedy CE, Kennedy GE, Lindegren ML, Marston BJ, Kaplan JE, Sweat MD, Bunnell RE, O'Reilly K, Rutherford GW, Mermin JH. Developing WHO guidelines with pragmatic, structured, evidence-based processes: A case study. Glob Public Health. 2010; 5(4):395-412.

Rutherford GW, Wlodarczyk RC. Distant sequelae of traumatic brain injury: premature mortality and intracranial neoplasms. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):468-74.

Rutherford GW, Corrigan JD. Long-term consequences of traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):421-3.

Stanley CM, Rutherford GW, Morshed S, Coughlin RR, Beyeza T. Estimating the healthcare burden of osteomyelitis in Uganda. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Feb; 104(2):139-42.

Other interests: 
  • National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Gulf War Syndrome: Traumatic Brain Injuries (chair) (2007-08)
  • Committee on Readjustment Needs of Returning Veterans (2009-now)
  • Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (2008-now)
  • Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology and Pediatrics and Head, Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
  • Director, UCSF-UCB Institute for Global Health
  • Director, International Program, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF
  • Director, UCSF-UCB Joint Residency Program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on HIV Infection and AIDS
Profile Updated: October 13, 2011