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Mary-Louise Scully, MD

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  • Dr. Mary-Louise Scully is the Director of the Travel & Tropical Medicine Center of Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA. She received her BA from Smith College and her MD from Rush Medical College in Illinois. Dr. Scully completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital. For 11 years she was a member of the Clinical Faculty at Yale New Haven Hospital and also worked at the Yale International Health and Travel Clinic before moving to Santa Barbara in 2002. In addition to her clinical practice of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Sansum Clinic, Dr. Scully is currently the Chair of the Professional Education committee of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and has completed a six year term as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Infectious Disease subspecialty exam committee. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Travel Medicine.

Professional Distinctions

  • Teaching appointments at Yale University and worked in Yale University International Health and Travel Clinic (1994-2000)
  • Associate Editor and frequent contributor to Travel Medicine Advisor Update (2001-2011)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Subspecialty Exam Committee for Infectious Diseases (2000-2016)
  • Reviewer for Clinical Infectious Diseases ( 2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Travel Medicine (2011-present)
  • Chair, Professional Education Committee, International Society of Travel Medicine (2012-present)
  • Other writings include a forward to the Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence
  • Recognized by Castle Connolly as among the nation's Top Doctors

Community Involvement

  • Medical Director, Chad Relief Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA (2008-present)
  • Board Member, Direct Relief Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA (2000-2016)
  • Physician Volunteer, Doctors Without Walls, Santa Barbara, CA (2001-2016)
  • Sansum Clinic Involvement: Medical Director of Sansum Clinic's Travel and Tropical Medicine Center 

Practicing since:

 1984 (40 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 2003 (21 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • Rush Medical College


  • Internal Medicine, Yale University New Haven Hospital


  • Internal Medicine, Yale University New Haven Hospital


  • Infectious Disease, Yale University/New Haven Hospital


  • Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine;
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine;
  • Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health

Additional Information


  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Member, American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine & Travelers' Health
  • Member, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
  • Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
  • Infectious Disease Association of California (IDAC)

Special Projects

  • Dr. Scully has served as expedition team physician for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society during their 2007 filming of "Return to the Amazon." She also appears in the 2009 Cousteau documentary "Call of the Killer Whale" and an episode of Animal Planet's "Monster's Inside Me" TV series (2013).

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