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Peter Kilmarx, M.D., Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center

Dr. Kilmarx joined the Fogarty International Center as Deputy Director on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Kilmarx is an expert on infectious disease research and HIV/AIDS prevention who previously served as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Country Director in Zimbabwe, providing oversight for 30 CDC staff who managed implementation of the U.S. efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. A Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Kilmarx served as the CDC Ebola response team leader in Sierra Leone in September-October 2014, and as principal deputy team leader in Guinea in January-February 2015. Previously, he initiated the CDC response to the Ebola outbreak in Kasai Occidental, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in 2007, and led household surveillance in the Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC, in 1995.

Dr. Kilmarx has held a variety of leadership positions at the CDC since 1996, including senior advisor to the Director for Health Reform and chief of the Epidemiology Branch — both in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. He also served as director of the CDC partnership with Botswana to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and related conditions, as well as the chief of the CDC's Sexual Transmission Research Section in Thailand. Previously, he completed assignments in Pakistan and the DRC. An experienced clinical trials manager, he has served as principal investigator on microbicide trials in Thailand, and as senior investigator in TB and HIV trials in Botswana. Until recently, he was principal investigator on HIV studies he initiated at public health facilities in Zimbabwe.

After earning his M.D. from Dartmouth-Brown's Combined Program in Medicine, Dr. Kilmarx completed both his internal medicine residency and infectious disease clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He remains board-certified in both specialties and is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and of the American College of Physicians. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He began his international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the DRC (then Zaire), where he helped develop fisheries that are still productive today.


  • A.B., Dartmouth College
  • M.D., Dartmouth-Brown combined program in medicine

Professional Accomplishments

  • Served in Peace Corps in Zaïre (Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]) as a fisheries volunteer after graduation from Dartmouth College.
  • Completed internship and residency in internal medicine and initiated a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins.
  • Joined Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta in 1994.
  • Directed CDC's northern Thailand HIV/STD prevention research field station from 1996 to 2002.
  • Directed CDC's Botswana office from 2002 to 2005, implementing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and conducting HIV and TB prevention research.
  • Served in CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention as the Chief of the Epidemiology Branch from 2006 to 2010.
  • Served as Senior Advisor to the Director for Health Reform from 2010 to 2011.
  • Directed CDC's Zimbabwe office from 2011 to 2015.


Updated February 15, 2022