NEW YORK, NY, June 2018— JCIE/USA is pleased to announce the appointment of former USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Pablos-Méndez brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of global health, having worked as a practitioner, scholar, advocate, funder, and administrator in the field. He is currently Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Pablos-Méndez has worked for decades in the fight against infectious disease. He began his public health career working on the emergence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in New York City in 1990, and in 1997, he led the Global Surveillance Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO). He also served as Director of Knowledge Management at WHO in Geneva, 2004–2007.
As program officer of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2004, Dr. Pablos-Méndez spearheaded public-private partnerships in R&D for diseases of poverty, including the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development; he also oversaw the foundation’s strategy on AIDS treatment in Africa and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health. In 2007, he returned to Rockefeller as managing director and led the charge to position universal health coverage on the international agenda.
In 2011, Dr. Pablos-Méndez was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the Global Health program at USAID, where he drove the vision to end preventable child and maternal deaths and contributed to catalyzing an AIDS-free generation while supporting health systems strengthening, family planning, and other initiatives. He participated in the US response to Ebola and Zika, and championed the Global Virome Project in 2016.
Dr. Pablos-Méndez received his MD from the University of Guadalajara and his MPH from Columbia University. He has over 150 publications and has served on various boards and international commissions.