Foege receives NAS Public Welfare Medal
The National Academy of Sciences has presented its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, to UW medical alumnus William H. Foege. The medal was awarded last week at the annual meeting of the academy.
The medal has been given since 1914 to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. Foege, a 1961 graduate of the UW medical school, was recognized for his dedication to eradicating global disease and for redefining the scope of public health policy in the United States. Foege is best known for helping eliminate smallpox. Later, as director of the Centers for Disease Control, he addressed the then-emerging problem of AIDS and expanded the agency's mission to include injury, violence, and chronic disease.
Now retired, Foege continues to be active in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.