Dr. Sarah-Blythe Ballard is a flight surgeon/aerospace and preventive medicine physician working at the intersection of global health and security. She is the Head of Parasitology at Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 in Lima, Peru, and holds a faculty position at the Uniformed Services University, where she directs the Military Tropical Medicine field course in Peru and precepts residents and graduate students in Global Health. Prior to this position, she completed Fulbright and NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowships.
Dr. Ballard performed HIV/AIDS vaccine research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, served as the Coordinator for Naval Medical Center San Diego's Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center, and completed deployments as the Command Flight Surgeon for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and the Senior Medical Officer in charge of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) Flight Line Aid Station.
In addition, she served as Medical Coordinator for the International Medical Corps' Rapid Response Initiative during the West Africa Ebola epidemic, led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in the Pacific Region as an American Red Cross doctor, acted as a military liaison to the Dhi Qar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, and completed civic action projects in Venezuela, Peru, and Djibouti.
Dr. Ballard is currently completing an International Health (Global Disease Epidemiology and Control) PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Agnes Scott College; an MD from Emory University; and an MPH from Hopkins. She completed her General Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins and holds a certificate in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins, a certificate in Tropical Medicine from Johns Hopkins, and a certificate in Military Tropical Medicine from the Uniformed Services University. She is an Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Fellow, Manfred Woerner (German Marshall Fund) Fellow and Tillman Military Scholar.