Professor Stoner’s research focuses on the clinical epidemiology of sexually transmitted diseases and sociocultural factors which influence infectious disease risk in human populations.
Stoner is particularly concerned with the analysis of political and economic underpinnings of health and illness in cross-cultural perspective. Most recently his work has focused on social and behavioral aspects of sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Other areas of interest include the study of health care access and decision making, biomedicine as a cultural system, alternative/heterodox medical systems, culture-bound syndromes, and the role of anthropology in clinical and public health research. He has conducted field research in Peru and in urban North America.
He currently conducts research on sociocultural aspects of sexually transmitted disease control in developed countries, including analysis of sex partner networks; perception of symptoms and health-seeking responses; concordance and discordance in sexual partnerships; and the ethnography of community risk. He works with colleagues in medicine and public health using ethnographic approaches to address specific issues in STD/HIV transmission, drawing on advances in epidemiology and mathematical modeling, as well as medical anthropology.
Stoner is currently the Medical Director of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, and he formerly served as Chief of STD Services for the St. Louis County Department of Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.