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Prof Michael MERSON


Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute,

Duke University, United States of America


• Speaker, Global Health Plenary, 21 Sep 2018

Speaker, Global Health Symposium, 22 Sep 2018


Prof Michael H. Merson, MD, is the founding director of SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute and the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University. He served as the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute from 2006–2017, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs from 2011 –2018 at Duke University, and as Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs from 2010-2016. Prior to joining Duke, he served as the first Dean of the Yale School of Public Health and as Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. From 1978-1995, he worked at the World Health Organization, first as Director of the Diarrheal Diseases Control Program, then as Director of the Global Program on AIDS, which lead the global response to the AIDS pandemic. Prof Merson who has authored over 180 articles, primarily in disease prevention, is the senior editor of the textbook Global Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, and Policies. He also co-authored The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response, which examines the 36-year history of the global response to the pandemic. He has two honorary degrees, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.