Bradley Stoner leads society of specialists who treat STDs

Bradley P. Stoner, MD, PhD, has been elected president of the American
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, the national society that represents researchers and clinicians specializing in the care, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

Stoner is associate professor of anthropology and of medicine at
Washington University in St. Louis, where he specializes in clinical,
epidemiological and sociocultural studies of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

As president, Stoner will direct the association’s programs and oversee the field flagship scientific journal, Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

“This is a difficult time for sexually transmitted disease prevention, and additional research is urgently needed,” Stoner says. “Sexually transmitted disease rates continue to rise across the nation, with minority and marginalized communities bearing the brunt of the burden. Moreover, many STD pathogens are now showing increasing signs of resistance to previously reliable medications. Now more than ever, we need additional resources to bear upon this important societal problem.”


The association is at the forefront of research, training and advocacy for STD prevention and is an essential professional voice in the national dialogue, he adds.

“Throughout my career, I have advocated for greater awareness of the ways that sexually transmitted infections contribute to abject pain and suffering in human communities around the nation and around the world,” Stoner says. “These are not merely individual health issues — organized community responses are needed to stem the spread of these infections. As we move toward a greater appreciation of sexual health across the lifespan, attention to STD prevention will become increasingly important.”

Stoner received undergraduate and graduate degrees
in anthropology from Harvard University and McGill University,
respectively, before completing his medical and doctoral degrees at Indiana
University. He trained in internal medicine at Duke University Medical
Center, and completed a senior research fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Stoner has contributed more than 140 published articles, reviews,
book chapters and abstracts, primarily in the areas of sexually
disease epidemiology, control and prevention. Since 1995, he has
directed the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded
continuing education program for physicians, nurses and mid-level
providers of STD clinical services.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer
faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s
hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical
research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation,
currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s
hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.