Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi

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Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi
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Born1963 (age 59–60)
  • Master’s degree in parasitology and tropical diseases
  • MD
  • PhD
  • Pathologists
  • Epidemiologist
  • Molecular medicine researcher
AwardsJose Gregorio Hernandez Award (2017)

Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi (born 1963) is pathologists, epidemiologist, and molecular medicine researcher..[1]

Paniz-Mondolfi was born in Venezuela. He was raised partially in Kenya. His mother was a pediatrician, his grandfather a biologist, and two uncles were physicians.

Paniz-Mondolfi has a master’s degree in parasitology and tropical diseases; he did international fellowships in microbiology, molecular genetics, and skin disease. He also did a second medical residency in the United States in pathology. He isolated and described a new species of parasite that had infected a NY resident, and a new mycobacterium that sickened two people in Connecticut. He earned an MD and PhD and studied under Jacinto Convit the leprosy researcher.[2]

He was a pathologist at the IDB Biomedical Research Institute in Barquisimeto, Venezuela until 2019 when he fled to the United States. He is the founder of the Venezuelan Science Incubator, an independent health research organization.[3] Paniz-Mondolfi is assistant professor of pathology, molecular and cell-based medicine at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine.[4] He is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Center. In 2020 he focused his research on the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects the virus had on minority children.[2]

His research findings have been published in several medical journals including, European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,[5] The American Association for the Advancement of Science,[6] and The Lancet.[7]

His scholarly works include:

  • Clinical, laboratory and imaging features of COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Published in Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, Volume 34, March-April 2020
  • Central nervous system involvement by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2), Published in The Journal of Medical Virology, Volume 92 Issue 7, July 2020
  • Probable Zoonotic Leprosy in the Southern United States, Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, April 28, 2011.[8]
  • ChikDenMaZika Syndrome: the challenge of diagnosing arboviral infections in the midst of concurrent epidemics, Published in Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, Article 42, July 22 2016.[9]
  • Lobomycosis in Venezuela, Published in the International Journal of Dermatology, Volume 46, Issue 22, February 2007.[10]
  • Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, resurgence of vector-borne diseases, and implications for spillover in the region, Published in The Lancet, Volume 19, Issue 5, May 2019.[11]

Awards and recognition

In 2017 Paniz-Mondolfi was awarded the Jose Gregorio Hernandez Award from the Venezuelan National Academy of Medicine[12]

In 2020 he was named as one of the People of Action Around the Globe by the Rotary Club.[13]


  1. "Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi". US News & World Report.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Moyer, Melinda Wenner (2020-09-09). "'A Fearless Virus Hunter' Tackles a Coronavirus Mystery in Children". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. "Venezuela epidemics: From measles to malaria with Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi". Outbreak News Today. 2019-02-16. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  4. "Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi | Mount Sinai - New York". Mount Sinai Health System. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  5. "Vaccine-preventable diseases surge in crisis-hit Venezuela". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  6. Oct. 30; 2014 (2014-11-04). "Alberto E. Paniz-Mondolfi". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 2020-09-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. Correspondent, Andrea Torres, Cody Weddle-- Colombia/Venezuela (2019-05-15). "Public hospital workers in Venezuela fear future deadly blackouts". WPLG. Retrieved 2020-09-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. Truman, Richard W.; Singh, Pushpendra; Sharma, Rahul; Busso, Philippe; Rougemont, Jacques; Paniz-Mondolfi, Alberto; Kapopoulou, Adamandia; Brisse, Sylvain; Scollard, David M.; Gillis, Thomas P.; Cole, Stewart T. (2011-04-28). "Probable Zoonotic Leprosy in the Southern United States". New England Journal of Medicine. 364 (17): 1626–1633. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1010536. ISSN 0028-4793. PMC 3138484. PMID 21524213.
  9. Paniz-Mondolfi, Alberto E.; Rodriguez-Morales, Alfonso J.; Blohm, Gabriela; Marquez, Marilianna; Villamil-Gomez, Wilmer E. (2016-07-22). "ChikDenMaZika Syndrome: the challenge of diagnosing arboviral infections in the midst of concurrent epidemics". Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. 15 (1): 42. doi:10.1186/s12941-016-0157-x. ISSN 1476-0711. PMC 4957883. PMID 27449770.
  10. Paniz‐Mondolfi, Alberto E.; Jaimes, Oscar Reyes; Jones, Luisana Dávila (2007). "Lobomycosis in Venezuela". International Journal of Dermatology. 46 (2): 180–185. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2007.02937.x. ISSN 1365-4632.
  11. Grillet, Maria E; Hernández-Villena, Juan V; Llewellyn, Martin S; Paniz-Mondolfi, Alberto E; Tami, Adriana; Vincenti-Gonzalez, Maria F; Marquez, Marilianna; Mogollon-Mendoza, Adriana C; Hernandez-Pereira, Carlos E; Plaza-Morr, Juan D; Blohm, Gabriella (2019-05-01). "Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, resurgence of vector-borne diseases, and implications for spillover in the region". The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 19 (5): e149–e161. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30757-6. ISSN 1473-3099.
  12. "ASPPH | Florida Postdoctoral Fellow Receives Award from Venezuelan National Academy of Medicine". Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  13. "People of action around the globe". Retrieved 2020-09-15.

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