Ariel Pablos-Méndez, M.D., M.P.H

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Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, physician, scholar, diplomat and a creative leader in global health, was appointed in 2011 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, to lead the Global Health program of USAID, the premier agency in international development. USAID’s vision, guided by the U.S. Global Health Initiative, aims to end preventable child and maternal deaths, and to catalyze an AIDS-free generation with approaches such as empowering women, fostering country ownership and strengthening health systems in low-income countries.

Dr. Pablos-Méndez began his public health career at Columbia University working on the emergence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in New York City in 1991; in 1997 he led the Global Surveillance Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO). In both instances, his research and publications brought about significant and successful policy changes in the field. He also served as Director of Knowledge Management at WHO in Geneva, 2004-2007, revamping WHO’s flagship publications, working to bridge the know-do gap in public health and promoting e-Health in the developing world.

In 2007, he returned to the Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director, where he was a program officer from 1998 to 2004 spearheading public-private partnerships in R&D for diseases of poverty (e.g. the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development), the Foundation's strategy on AIDS treatment in Africa (2001), and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health. From 2007-2011 he developed and led the Foundation’s initiative on the transformation of health systems towards universal health coverage.

Dr. Pablos-Méndez received his M.D. from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and his M.P.H from Columbia University (New York), where he was a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health. He has over 100 publications and has served in various boards and international commissions.

Last updated: September 10, 2014

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