Robert Newman, MD, MPH, is the 2014 School of Public Health Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Newman earned his MPH in the International Health Program of the Department of Epidemiology in 1998 and rapidly emerged as a leader in global health.
Immediately after earning his MPH, Dr. Newman took on a leadership role with Health Alliance International in Mozambique. He then spent nine years as an officer in the US Public Health Service, serving as chief of several units as part of the Malaria Branch of the Centers for Disease Control. His work at the CDC included leading the President's Malaria Initiative, working to control malaria in 15 countries. In 2009, Dr. Newman resigned from the US Public Health Service to become Director of the World Health Organization's Global Malaria Programme in Geneva, where he has provided global leadership in the fight against malaria. Beginning in February 2014, Dr. Newman has assumed a new role as Managing Director of Policy and Performance with the GAVI Alliance in Geneva, dedicated to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.
Dr. Newman has published widely on issues of epidemiology, immunization, and international disease control efforts and has been a keynote speaker throughout the world. He remains an active Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and is generous in sharing his perspectives with students and others in the School of Public Health and University of Washington community.
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