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February 16, 2006

Global Health chair candidates meet the public

The search for the first chair of the UW Department of Global Health has been winnowed down to three candidates.

Dr. Bruder Stapleton, chair of the Global Health Advisory Committee, said the two internal candidates are Dr. Lawrence Corey, professor of laboratory medicine and medicine, and Dr. Stephen Gloyd, professor of health services and director of the International Health Program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. The third candidate is Dr. Michael Merson, the Anna M. R. Lauder professor of public health and former dean of the School of Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine.

Candidates are being introduced to the UW community through public lectures and interviews with students, selected faculty and administrators in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.


  • Corey presented a lecture on the role of vaccines in public health on Jan. 25.
  • Merson will give a lecture on the impact of AIDS in global health from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Building.
  • Gloyd is scheduled give a public lecture from 4–5 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in Hogness.

A reception will follow each lecture.

Feedback regarding the candidates should be sent to Stapleton, bstaplet@u.washington.edu. Questions and comments to the candidates may also be sent to Stapleton.

The advisory committee will forward its recommendations to Dr. Paul Ramsey, dean of the School of Medicine, and Dr. Patricia Wahl, dean of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. The two deans will jointly select the first chair of the Department of Global Health.

Stapleton, also professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, said the advisory committee is pleased with the caliber of candidates for department chair.

He said that there are three wonderful candidates, all with different expertise and a high level of experience in global health issues. The advisory committee includes representatives from the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the Gates Foundation, and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH).

The UW Department of Global Health will be jointly operated by the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. The department will identify health problems and inequities in underserved populations, develop and implement innovative interventions, and promote and support interdisciplinary research that addresses global health disparities.

The UW Board of Regents approved the establishment of the department in January. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided a total of $30 million to support the new department.