People in global health news - February 2022
January/ February 2022 | Volume 21 Number 1
Dr. Paul Farmer dies suddenly in Rwanda
Humanitarian, physician and global health advocate Dr. Paul Farmer has died. Farmer was co-founder of Partners in Health, professor at Harvard and chief of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Farmer brought his message of health equity to NIH in November, 2016, when he delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture.
Former Fogarty grantee and advisor dies unexpectedly
Longtime NIH grantee Dr. Bonnie Stanton died suddenly in January. An early experience conducting research in Bangladesh informed the rest of her career, which was devoted to improving health in underserved communities. Since 2016, she was founding dean of the Seton-Hall Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Stanton authored 350 peer-reviewed publications and edited several books.
Renowned "disease detective," Dr. Sherif Zaki dies
CDC Pathologist Dr. Sherif Zaki died recently after suffering a fall in his home. Zaki founded and had led the CDC's infectious diseases pathology branch since the early 1990s. The Egyptian-born scientist and his team successfully identified the culprits of infectious disease outbreaks worldwide, including Ebola, Zika, leptospirosis and many others.
Califf confirmed as FDA Commissioner
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf has been confirmed again to lead the agency—a role he previously held from 2016-2017. Califf has served on advisory boards and committees at several NIH institutes. Previously, he was a practicing cardiologist and professor of medicine at Duke University
Gawande confirmed as USAID's global health chief
Renowned surgeon, public health expert and former NIH grantee Dr. Atul Gawande has been confirmed as the Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. Previously, Gawande was a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Escobari to lead USAID’s Latin America Bureau
Marcela Escobari has been confirmed as as assistant administrator of USAID's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, a position she previously held under the Obama administration from 2016 to 2017. Escobari had been a senior fellow at the Brookings, leading the Workforce of the Future initiative.
Bathsheba Nell Crocker to represent US in Geneva
Senior State Department adviser Bathsheba Nell Crocker was confirmed as a U.S. representative to the UN and other international agencies in Geneva. Previously, Crocker served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs at the State Department and most recently was CARE USA vice president for humanitarian policy and practice.
Mubuuke receives inaugural James Hakim award
Former Fogarty Fellow Dr. Roy Mubuuke Gonzaga was named recipient of the inaugural James G. Hakim Global Health Award for having submitted the highest ranked abstract to the 2022 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual meeting. The award—established by Fogarty, CUGH and AFREhealth—will provide travel support to CUGH meetings
Webster-Cyriaque named NIDCR’s Deputy Director
Dr. Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque has joined the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as deputy director. Webster-Cyriaque previously was on faculty at the University of North Carolina's schools of dentistry and medicine, where she led the UNC Malawi project and aided in founding Malawi's first dental school in 2019.
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