James Cowan, MD, MPH, MBA
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Acting Instructor
Department of Global Health
Technical Advisor, Health Alliance International, Department of Global Health

Faculty Information


Jamie Cowan is an internal medicine and infectious disease physician who is dedicated to improving the delivery of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and comprehensive primary care to patients in resource-poor settings. Jamie is a technical advisor to Health Alliance International (HAI), an NGO that is part of the University of Washington Department of Global Health. In his work with HAI, Jamie partners with the Mozambican Ministry of Health to study and improve the delivery of HIV and TB (including multi-drug resistant TB) services in central Mozambique. 

Education & Training: 
The Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Intern, Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Fellow in Infectious Diseases
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Hughes Fellow, Brown University
David Rogers Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Zuckerman Fellow, Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership
CFAR New Investigator Award Recipient
(206) 543-8382
Mailing Address: 

1107 NE 45th St, Suite 350

Box 354809 
Seattle WA 98105

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Jamie's interdisciplinary research combines implementation science, operations research, qualitative methods, systems analysis, infectious disease epidemiology, modeling and health economics. He is particularly interested in leadership development and the application of continuous improvement strategies to the science of global health delivery.

His current projects in Mozambique include the introduction and scale-up of new technologies to diagnose and treat tuberculosis, the implementation of Option B+ (a new protocol to test all pregnant women for HIV and immediately start treatment for those that test positive), and the development of strategies to minimize the failure of linking patients that test positive for HIV or TB to treatment. Finally, Jamie is assisting in a cost-effectiveness analysis of the GeneXpert MTB/rif platform to screen for TB at a local public hospital in Seattle. He welcomes collaboration from researchers, health care professions and students interested in these topics.


Cowan JF, Greenberg Cowan J, Barnhart S, et al. A qualitative assessment of challenges to tuberculosis management and prevention in Northern Ethiopia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013; 17:1071-5.
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Suarez CJ, Glover WA, Cowan JF, Smith A, Clarridge JE. Mycotic aneurysm of the abdominal aorta caused by Haemophilus influenzae type f. J Med Microbiol. 2013; 62:658-60.
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Thompson DA, Cowan JF, Holzmueller C, Wu AW, Bass E, Pronovost P. Planning and implementing a systems-based patient safety curriculum in medical education. Am J Med Qual. 2008; 23:271-8.
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Cowan JF, Michel C, Manhica I, Monivo C, Saize D, Creswell J, Gloyd S, and Micek M. Implementing rapid testing for tuberculosis in Mozambique. Bull World Health Organ 2015; 93:125–130.
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Cowan JF, Micek M, Cowan JG, Napua M, Hoek R, Gloyd S, Sherr K, Pfeiffer JT, Chapman RR. Early ART Initiation via Option B+ Among HIV-positive Pregnant Women in Central Mozambique: A stepped wedge randomized controlled trial. Implement Sci. 2015; 10:61.
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