Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc
Associate Professor and Chair, ad interim
Department of Global Health

Physical address:
UHC, Suite 4.208
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX

Mailing address:
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 772-0633
Fax: (409) 772-5272

  • Dr. Dacso is the Chair ad interim of the Department of Global Health and an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as Director of Academic Partnership for the UTMB Center for Global and Community Health and as the Director of the 4-year Global Health Scholarly Concentration in the John Sealy School of Medicine. He is a general internist and global health practitioner who has extensive field experience forming partnerships with institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean that are rooted in relationships, respect, and reciprocity. He has participated in capacity-strengthening initiatives in the areas of clinical care, medical education, One Health, and emerging pathogens research.  To this end, he currently serves as principal investigator for a collaborative multidisciplinary research initiative in the Dominican Republic focused on characterizing the epidemiology, clinical features, and vector ecology surrounding acute undifferentiated febrile illnesses, specifically centered on emerging and re-emerging arboviral pathogens. 

    As a clinician, he provides care in the outpatient primary care clinics as well as the inpatient teaching service.  He is the Education and Training Lead for the Special Pathogens Excellence in Clinical Treatment, Readiness, and Education (SPECTRE) program and an active member of the Biocontainment Care Unit response team. He is also a member of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, a Faculty Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, and a member of both Alpha Omega Alpha and the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health.

    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    • B.A. Music (2001) – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    • M.Sc. Development Studies (2003) – University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, England
    • M.D. (2006) – University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
    • General Internal Medicine Residency (2009) – Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Global health education and curriculum development
    • Applied epidemiology
    • Global academic partnership development
    • Emerging and special pathogens clinical care
    • One Health and emerging epidemics
    • John Sealy School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
    • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    • Center for Tropical Diseases
    • Center for Global and Community Health
    • Sealy Center for Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases
    • UTMB One Health