Contact Information

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Building A, Room 2067

CDR David Brett-Major, MD, MPH, MC, USN

Assistant Professor and Program Director, U.S. Military Tropical
Medicine, Navy Medicine Manpower Personnel Training and Education Command


Dr. Brett-Major received his undergraduate training in Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After service as a Surface Warfare Officer, he received his medical and later masters degrees from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. He completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the National Capitol Consortium. Since 2008, Dr. Brett-Major has directed the U.S. Military Tropical Medicine program. This tri-service effort partnered with the University educates and trains military medical personnel in the practice of medicine in developing areas.


  • MD, Uniformed Services University
  • MPH, Uniformed Services University
  • B.S., Mathematics, United States Naval Academy


  • Active research in blood-borne pathogens
  • Clinical and tropical public health systematic review
  • Clinical academic education


  • U.S. Military Tropical Medicine program (MTM) activities including Global Medicine, MTM-Didactics, MTM-Field and MTM Just in Time Training: Distributed Operations
  • Travel Medicine
  • Epidemiology and Control of Arboviruses

Areas of Expertise

  • Operational Research in blood-borne pathogens
  • Tropical Public Health Related Systematic Review

Selected Recent Publications

  • Hakre S, Brett-Major DM, Singer D, O'Connell RJ, Steren WB, Sanchez JL, Agan BK, Michael NL, Scott, PT. Medical Encounter Characteristics of HIV Seroconverters in the US Army and Air Force, 2000-2004. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Jan 24. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Richards EE, Masuoka P, Brett-Major D, Smith M, Klein TA, Kim HC, Anyamba A, Grieco J. The relationship between mosquito abundance and rice field density in the Republic of Korea. Int J Health Geogr. 2010 Jun 23; 9(1):32.
  • Shwayhat AF, Brett-Major DM, Poremba JA. Insulinoma presenting as an unusual case of marital discord. Federal Practitioner 2009;26(7):13-16,21.
  • Brett-Major DM, Lipnick RJ. Antibiotic prophylaxis for leptospirosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009 Jul 8;(3):CD007342. Protocol was published as Brett-Major DM, Martinez LJ, Lipnick RJ in CDSR 2008 Issue 3.
  • Brett-Major DM, Calborn DM. Sand Fly Fever: What have we learned in 100 years? Military Medicine 2009;174(4):426-31.

Professional Activities

  • American College of Physicians
  • Armed Forces Infectious Diseases Society
  • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association