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Dr. Alan Spira

About the Author

Alan Spira MD, DTM & H. is Diplomat of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine, the world's premier tropical medicine institute. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and a member of both the American Society of Tropical Medicine and the International Society of Travel Medicine. He has both worked and taught numerous times as a physician abroad in countries including Cambodia, England, Honduras, India, Israel, the Philippines, and Tanzania. As a physician for the Flying Samaritans, he also treats patients in Baja, California. In Addition he has also served as a medical delegate to China and Mongolia.

Alan Spira is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbolic Medicine Society. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and serves on the emergency medicine faculty at the Northridge Medical Center. Dr. Spira is the Director of the Travel Medicine Center in Beverly Hills, California.

Travel & Health & Seeing the Right Specialist

A general overview of travel medicine, what steps you can take to make your trip safe and healthy, and criteria for choosing a travel medicine specialist or clinic.


Malaria is an extremely serious disease that kills approximately 2.5 million people every year. Read about it's cause, prevention and treatment.

The Flying Samaritans

In this essay Dr. Spira tells us about the Flying Samaritans - a group of health care professionals who volunteer their time and skills to bring medical care to the needy in Mexico. He is a Flying Sam.

Traveler's Diarrhea

Sometimes it's better to learn about something than it is to get it. This is one of those times.


A disease that is on the rise around the world; adventure travelers are especially at risk.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral infection common throughout the tropical regions of the world. It is spread by the day-biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Dr. Spira reports on this nasty infection from the worst of all possible points of view - personal experience!

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