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Anil T. Mangla, B.Sc., MS., PhD., MPH., FRSPH

Anil T. Mangla, B.Sc, M.S., PhD, MPH, FRSPH

Dr. Mangla is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and the Director of Public Health and Research at University of the Incarnate Word-School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He brings 15 years of International, State and Local Government experience to UIWSOM.  His specialty is in infectious diseases and population health.  Dr. Mangla was the former Assistant Director of Health at San Antonio Metro Health Department. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at UTSA, School of Public Health and at UTHSCSA, School of Medicine.  Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of the Infectious Disease and Immunization for the Georgia Dept of Public Health and Acting State Epidemiologist for Georgia. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia-Athens and an Assistant Professor at Mercer University, School of Medicine.

Dr. Mangla completed his B.Sc at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.  He earned a MS in Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Texas at El Paso.  His research entailed working on Vibrio harveyi and Vibrio Fisheri.  Dr. Mangla used Affinity chromatography to characterize and purify the enzyme Bacterial Luciferase from these strains. Dr. Mangla then completed his Ph.D in infectious diseases at Texas Tech University under world renown researcher in steroid biochemistry, Dr. William David Nes. His primary research was identifying compounds that would be used as drugs to inhibited and kill bacterial and fungal cells.  Strains  of a fungus (Prototheca) and bacteria (Tuberculosis) were subjected to steroid and steroid like molecules and inhibition rates calculated.

Dr. Mangla then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Minnesota. His research was very specific on HIV inhibition tehniques. During this fellowship, he received the Bush leadership Fellowship which enabled him to complete an MPH and intern with congresswomen Betty McCollum. He then joined the United Nations Association and was co-president with Congressman Arlen Erdahl during the leadership of Kofi Annan for a 3 year period. Dr. Mangla has published extensively, amongst them a validation of an Oral Fluid test to screen lead poisoning in kids and a publication in the CDC’s, MMWR on the first Polio case in San Antonio. 

Dr. Mangla worked at MedTox laboratories as a toxicologist for 3 years and assisted in validating the filter paper test for lead testing in children.  He then took a position as chief epidemiologist at the Georgia Department of health and was promoted to Acting State Epidemiologist for the state. He was at the same time the director of infectious disease and immunization for the state of Georgia.  In these roles, he had 350 staff under his supervision and a budget of $500 million. Dr. Mangla was instrumental in introducing a Bill on lead poisoning which then became law.

In 2011, Dr. Mangla accepted a position at the San Antonio Metro Health Department as the chief epidemiologist and the director of communicable diseases for the City of San Antonio. He supervised a staff of 130 with a budget of $7 million. In his role at Metro Health, he was instrumental in decreasing the syphilis and congenital syphilis rates, increase immunization rates and served as the expert on Ebola, Zika and other diseases for the city.

Among many of Dr. Mangla’s accolades are, the Outstanding Young Minnesotan of the Year Award 2001, recipient of the Bush Leadership Fellowship 2003, Outstanding Community Recognition Award 2005, and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health. In 2005, the US flag was flown over the US Capitol to honor Dr. Mangla’s work in Global Health and to the citizens of Minnesota. In 2007, he was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Award. In 2011 he was awarded the Health Hero award by Head-Start for his work in immunizations and well child visits. 

Dr. Mangla has served as a mentor and trainer for many Public Health and Medical students during his tenure as State Epidemiologist and Assistant Director of Health.