Professor Umesh Lalloo is the Principal Investigator for the MEPI program as well as a professor, Chief Specialist, and Head of the Respiratory and Critical Care Unit at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. There, he is a member of the academic promotions and strategic planning committees, and has served as a member of the postgraduate and executive committees. He is also principal investigator of the International Clinical Trials Unit of the US Division of AIDS Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group, and executive director of the KZN Enhancing Care Initiative and the KZN Global Fund HIV/AIDS Training Program.
Prof. Lalloo received his MBChB from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1980, FCP from the College of Physicians, South Africa in 1984, and MD from the University of Natal in 1993. He served as a medical officer and a registrar at the King Edward VIII Hospital in pediatrics, surgery and medicine from 1981 through 1998; and was appointed specialist lecturer in the Department of Medicine there and at the University of Natal in 1986 before being promoted to senior specialist/lecturer and the head of the respiratory unit. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians London.
His published works include Guidelines for the management of chronic asthma in adolescents and adults, Managing tuberculosis and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and TB presenting as community-acquired pneumonia in a setting of high TB incidence and high HIV prevalence among many others.