William H. Foege Endowed Chair in Global Health
The William H. Foege Endowed Chair in Global Health was established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006 to enable the University to attract and retain a distinguished chair in the Department of Global Health. The chair is part of a larger gift, given by the foundation to establish the department.
William H. Foege, M.D., for whom this endowed chair is named, embodies the donor’s values and represents the standard of excellence in academic scholarship and public health practice that the donor expects from the Department of Global Health. Dr. Foege is perhaps best known for developing the ring vaccination strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox. He has spent his career working to improve the health of the world’s poor through programs to eradicate Guinea worm disease and river blindness, raise childhood immunization rates, and develop new vaccines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Dr. Foege is a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an affiliate professor of epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health and a professor emeritus at Emory University. He is the author of more than 125 professional publications and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards.
The holder of the William H. Foege Endowed Chair in Global Health will serve as the leader and model for this the department, which is designed to achieve and sustain health improvements in developing countries through interdisciplinary education, collaborative research and professional service in public health practice, policy and medical care.
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