About Professor Robert L. Quigley, M.D., D.Phil

Regional Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Medical Assistance

Robert L. Quigley, M.D., D.Phil, Professor of Surgery, Regional Medical Director and Senior Vice President of Medical Assistance, Americas Region, is responsible for leading the delivery of high quality medical assistance, healthcare management and medical transportation services.

Prior to joining International SOS, Dr. Quigley was a Board re-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who directed two open heart programs within the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia where he was a Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College. He is also Board re-certified in general surgery and critical care.

Dr. Quigley has authored more than 125 clinical and basic science articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited guest lecturer globally throughout his career. After 25 years in the clinical arena where he pioneered multiple surgical procedures/techniques, he worked as a healthcare consultant, Key Opinion Leader (KOL), offering medical expertise in the medical device and infectious disease spaces. Dr. Quigley is a subject matter expert in aeromedical transportation, international healthcare, duty of care, and crisis management.

Dr. Quigley received his Medical Degree, with distinction, from the University of Toronto, his post graduate training at Duke University Medical Center and completed a Doctorate in Philosophy (D.Phil) in immunology at the University of Oxford. He is fluent in French and English. Dr. Quigley’s opinions on issues pertaining to international events have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, International Travel Insurance Journal, Business Traveler, Mobility Magazine and has been featured on Al-Jazeera TV and NBC Today Show.

In the Headlines: Cyclosporiasis and Chikungunya


This summer, there have been two illnesses in the news that aren’t often thought of in the United States – Cyclosporiasis and Chikungunya. These are both are considered tropical diseases, one spread by a parasite and another by the lowly mosquito. Read full blog post »


Meetings and Events: Plan with Duty of Care in Mind


As we look forward to warmer weather, meeting and events planners are looking forward to the busy spring and summer season packed with conferences, retreats and gatherings. These come in all shapes and sizes and locations around the world. Read full blog post »


Looking Ahead at Travel in 2015: Be Prepared


The biggest annoyance when traveling internationally these days isn’t taking off your shoes in the security line or facing language barriers with an angry taxi driver. It’s experiencing a travel delay that keeps you away from home longer than you anticipated or forgetting to write down the address and phone number of the hotel where you’re staying so you can tell that angry cab driver where to go. Basically, it’s forgetting to prepare for the unexpected. Register today Read full blog post »


Chikungunya in the Americas: Tips for Prevention

Asian Tiger Mosquito

We all know that Malaria is endemic in many parts of the world, but there’s another disease spread by mosquitoes that is being transmitted in the Americas – chikungunya. Currently, a number of Central American countries are experiencing local transmission, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Caribbean. Symptoms include fever, severe joint pains, headache and rash. Read full blog post »


Ebola Update: The News from West Africa

Ebola has fallen from the headlines in recent weeks, but it’s still on the minds of travelers and organizations operating in West Africa. Here are some highlights from the latest World Health Organization situational update. There are some positive signs in this latest report. Read full blog post »


Ebola and Travel Restrictions: Know the Score

Over the past weeks and months, many countries have instituted travel and visa restrictions to and from the countries in West Africa hard hit by Ebola. The scorecard changes almost daily, but the information is necessary for those charged with Duty of Care to keep their travelers safe. You can find a detailed list at www.internationalsos.com/ebola. Read full blog post »


Planning for Events: Prepare, Educate and Practice


Fall is a busy time when it comes to conferences and meetings. Vacation has wound down and business is back in full swing. It’s important for conference and meeting planners to know that they also have a Duty of Care to protect attendees. Read full blog post »


Planning for Ebola: Learn from SARS

As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, as well as crop up in the United States and Spain, organizations are taking a look at their emergency and pandemic plans. It’s not enough to just have a plan on the shelf. It needs to be constantly updated as well as practiced. Read full blog post »


Tips for Prevention: Respiratory Illness Affects Children in Several States

Washing hands

You may have seen news stories in the past few days about hundreds of children across several states in the Midwest who have been affected by “enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).” This mostly causes a mild respiratory illness similar to the common cold, but can become severe. It likely spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. There is no vaccine for EV68 and there is no specific treatment. Read full blog post »