Remembering Dr. Valiollah Assefi, the father of Leprology in Iran

Document Type: Original Article


Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Centre for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, 69 Pasteur Ave, Tehran, Iran


Dr. Valiollah Assefi, an infectious disease specialist borne in 1927, has been one of the prominent researchers in Pasteur Institute in Iran. He played an important role in improving the health of the country during 40 years of his glorious activities. Dr Assefi did huge activities especially in the field of control of leprosy disease in Iran, and was the director of the leprosy control organization in Iran and the World Health Organization consultant for many years. He published numerous articles about the epidemiology and treatment of various infectious diseases in Iran.