Mark Riddle, MD, MPH&TM, DrPH

Mark S Riddle, MD, MPH&TM, DrPH, Captain, Navy

Name: Mark S Riddle, MD, MPH&TM, DrPH, Captain, Navy

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Title: 
Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Faculty Rank: 
Full Professor
Location: 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Pathogenesis, Prevention and Treatment of Acute Enteric Infections; Vaccinology
Epidemiology and Biomarker Discovery of Chronic Health Consequences of Acute Infection

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-9769

Education

EDUCATION
Doctor of Public Health Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) 4/01 – 11/07
Doctor of Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine 8/93 – 5/97
Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) 2000
Medicine and Travelers' Health (CTropMed)
Masters of Public Health & Tropical Medicine Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 8/94 – 5/97
Bachelor of Science (Zoology) University of California, Davis 8/87 – 6/92
Bachelor of Science (Hum. Dev.) University of California, Davis 8/87 – 6/92

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING
Residency, General Preventive Medicine USUHS 7/00 – 6/02
Internship, Transitional Naval Medical Center San Diego 6/97– 6/98
Advanced Vaccinology Course (ADVAC) Fondation Mérieux & Université de Genève 2009

Biography

Captain Mark Riddle was born in Modesto, California and spent most of his formative years living on a small family farm in the outskirts of Yuba City, CA. He graduated from Yuba City High School in 1987 and went on to attend the University of California at Davis where he graduated Cum Laude with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Human Development. After acceptance to medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, he was awarded a position in the Health Professions Scholarship Program in May 1994 and became Active Duty in May of 1997.

CAPT Riddle’s career has taken him across country, overseas, as well as on multiple deployments. Upon graduation from Tulane University with a Medical Doctorate and a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, he transferred to the Naval Medical Center San Diego for a Transitional internship. Upon finishing internship, he heard his calling from the Green side where he completed Fleet Medical Forces school and was assigned as Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (artillery) in the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton in his first utilization tour. Two years in this assignment saw many heated deployments to Twenty-nine Palms and Fort Irwin, as well as a taste of salt during a two month stint in support of a Marine Corps Exercise on the Maritime Preposition Force vessel USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2000, he transferred to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) to finish his training in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. While in residency, CAPT Riddle also applied for and was accepted into the Doctorate of Public Health program and completed all didactic prerequisites and defended his thesis proposal. Upon completion of residency, he was assigned to the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, MD in the Enteric Disease Department and was promoted to LCDR. While on a trajectory as a hard charging Research Medical Officer, a calling from CIVPAC came in 2003 with an opportunity be the Director of the Epidemiology Center and Public Health Preparedness at the Washoe County District Health Department and move to Lake Tahoe, California to be closer to family. While this year was a learning experience, CAPT Riddle regained his bearings and recommissioned into the US Navy to take a position as Head of the Research Epidemiology Unit at the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, in Cairo, Egypt where he engaged in multiple operational surveillance efforts in Turkey, Egypt, Qatar and Djibouti, including a six-week mission to support the Angolan Ministry of Defense in handling a 2005 Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever virus outbreak. In December of 2006 he was transferred back to the Naval Medical Research Center where he rose through the ranks of Branch Head, Deputy Department Head, Department Head, and Director of the US Bacterial Diarrhea Vaccine Research Program where he serves in his present capacity. In 2007, CAPT Riddle successfully completed all requirements and was awarded a Doctorate of Public Health from the USUHS. While at the NMRC, he was promoted to Commander in 2009 and Captain in 2015. During his tenure, CAPT Riddle deployed as Head of Preventive Medicine on Continuing Promise 2011 mission, as well as multiple temporary duty assignments to Djibouti, Honduras and Kenya in support of clinical field trials. CAPT Riddle’s contributions to research and scholarship are internationally renowned.

His personal awards include; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and several campaign medals and unit awards.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • the Naval Medical Center San Diego for a Transitional internship
  • Surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (artillery) in the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton
  • Deployment: Marine Corps Exercise on the Maritime Preposition Force vessel USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) in the Eastern Mediterranean (2000)
  • Director of the Epidemiology Center and Public Health Preparedness at the Washoe County District Health Department (Civilian)
  • Head of the Research Epidemiology Unit at the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, in Cairo, Egypt
  • Deployment: Head of Preventive Medicine on Continuing Promise 2011
  • (2016) Military Health Systems Research Symposium - Team Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishment in the research category of infectious disease
  • (2011) Delta Omega Society, Psi Chapter
  • (2009) ACG Governors’ Award for Excellence in Clinical Research
  • (1996) Isaac Ivan Lehman Award: for original work on moral/ethical aspects of medicine (Tulane University)

Bibliography

  • Dr. Riddle has over 15 years in the field of applied clinical research and epidemiology ranging from pre-clinical vaccine development and clinical vaccine and drug development, to vaccine health economics and research related to the chronic health consequences of acute infection.
  • His experience has been primarily gained from activities in a US Department of Defense (DoD) interdisciplinary research and development setting, but he has also lived and worked overseas (Cairo, Egypt), and has active collaborations with academia, industry and philanthropic global health organizations.
  • He recently left as Director of the US DoD program to develop new vaccines against ETEC, Shigella and Campylobacter and now is the Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University.
  • Dr. Riddle has additional research activities and efforts in defining the burden of chronic disease sequelae of acute enteric infections through epidemiology, proteomics and systems biology approaches.
  • He is the co-author of over 140 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the BioMed Central Journal, Tropical Diseases Travel Medicine and Vaccines.