Bellin Physician Earns Travel Health Certification

06/30/2010

GREEN BAY — Area residents planning to travel abroad now have a trusted expert to help ensure safe and healthy travels.

Dr. Robert Mead, a family physician at Bellin Health, recently earned a certificate in travel health, giving him added expertise in the field of travel medicine.

The certification should come as good news to Northeast Wisconsinites looking to visit areas outside of the continental United States that require travel vaccination, Mead said.

“This certification lets our public know that the travel medicine expertise we’ve acquired over the last decade has been recognized for the high level of knowledge we possess and for our ability to give accurate travel health advice and preventive treatments,” Mead said.

Mead is the medical director at Bellin Health’s travel clinic, located at 1630 Commanche Ave., Green Bay. The travel clinic sees nearly 700 patients annually, “ranging from people planning to visit the high altitudes of the Himalayas to those headed for the sub-Saharan desert and everywhere in between,” Mead said.

According to the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), an independent certification organization, certification in travel health “recognizes individual excellence in knowledge in the field of travel medicine, associated with pre-travel care and consultation.”

That translates to much better care for the patients, Mead said.

“The certification and the additional education and knowledge gained in the specialty area of travel medicine means people looking to get their recommended travel vaccinations can feel especially confident that we’ll keep them better protected against diseases that pose a serious health threat to travelers,” Mead said.

A visit to a travel clinic is highly recommended when planning a trip abroad, Mead said.

“It really depends on where you plan to visit and how long you plan to stay there,” he said. “Our job is to help minimize your risk of contracting an infection or illness that could have otherwise been prevented. A visit to a travel clinic is a good first step in planning a trip outside of the U.S.”

According to ISTM, the travel health certification exam focuses on the level of knowledge that is necessary to practice travel medicine.

Knowledge of specific tropical diseases and treatments is limited to that which should be known to advise travelers (for example, in the diagnosis and treatment of traveler’s diarrhea). Knowledge of tropical medicine is not required.

For more information on Bellin Health’s travel health clinic, please call (920) 430-4509.