Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars are accomplished thought leaders from academia and/or industry whose expertise aligns with the public health mission of CUNY SPH. Each Scholar is personally appointed by the Dean to provide scholarly and professional guidance to CUNY SPH research and practice endeavors.

Lyndon Haviland speaking at Commencement 2019
Lyndon Haviland

Lyndon Haviland
Distinguished Scholar

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, a distinguished scholar at CUNY SPH, is an international health consultant with more than 30 years public health experience. Dr. Haviland began her career in the US Refugee Service, working in multiple camps with South East Asia refugees. In 1991, she co-authored the first humanitarian needs assessment of Cambodia for the US Agency for International Development. Since that time, Dr. Haviland has led various public health campaigns, initiatives and organizations. Her consulting clients include UN agencies, international NGOs, and former Heads of State. She has served as a Board member for numerous international and domestic NGOs including the American Public Health Association where she is the recipient of two of its highest honors, Friend of the Student Assembly and the Director’s Citation.

As a consultant, Dr. Haviland has advised global leaders, presidents and agency heads on maternal and child health, access to vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and health promotion / disease prevention. Her work spans strategy, communications, leadership and partnership development. She was the Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health Every Woman, Every Child) , an initiative helped to align all member states of the United Nations around a common strategy for saving more than 16 million lives and raised more than $40 billion in new resources for women and children’s health globally. Every Woman, Every Child is widely acknowledged as a turning point for multi-sectoral partnerships at the United Nations.

Dr. Haviland has worked in a broad range of professional environments spanning domestic, academic, multinational and multilateral organizations including the Earth Echo International, GAVI, UN Women, Policy Wisdom, Rabin Martin, the Aspen Institute, UNAIDS, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the UN Foundation, HRSA/SPNS projects, UNDP, WHO, the International Medical Corps, the American Legacy Foundation, The International Catholic Migration Commission and the International Organization for Migration. She holds a masters and doctorate degrees in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and has completed Advanced Management & Leadership training at the Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Lazarus

Jeffrey Lazarus
Senior Scholar

Professor Jeffrey V. Lazarus serves as head of the health systems team at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Spain. He is Vice-Chairman of the board of the EASL International Liver Foundation and co-chair of the HIV Outcomes Beyond Viral Suppression Coalition. He is the author of more than 200 publications including a co-author of the Lancet GastroHep Commission on Viral Hepatitis (2019), and lead author of The Lancet HIV series “HIV outcomes beyond viral suppression” (2019) and COVID-SCORE, Nature Medicine and PLOS ONE (2020).
 
He has presented at more than 75 conferences as well as in the Danish, Finnish, Spanish and European parliaments. Prof Lazarus is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Drug Policy, HIV Medicine and the Journal of Hepatology. Previously, he worked for 11 years at WHO Europe and 3 at the Global Fund as well as serving as the founding director of Health Systems Global and the board chair of the foundation AFEW International.
 
Dr. Lazarus leads three viral hepatitis projects piloting new models of care across Europe and is a co-investigator of INTE-AFRICA, a European Commission funded cluster RCT in Tanzania and Uganda. He is also currently a commissioner of the EASL-Lancet European Liver Commission, chair of the HIV 4th 90 Consensus Statement and on the public health taskforce of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission.
Dr. Michael Merson

Michael Merson
Senior Scholar

Dr. Merson is Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University. He was previously the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke University, and Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore, School of Medicine.

Dr. Merson served as director for the World Health Organization’s Diarrheal Diseases Control and Acute Respiratory Infections Programs and the WHO Global Program on AIDS. After WHO, he joined Yale University as its first Dean of Public Health and the Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health. He also served as Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University.

Dr. Merson has authored nearly 200 articles, is the senior editor of the leading global health textbook Global Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, and Policies and co-author of The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response which provides a history of the global response to AIDS. He has served in advisory capacities for UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has two honorary degrees, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Ken Rabin

Kenneth Rabin
Senior Scholar

Ken Rabin, MA, PhD, has more than fifty years of experience in public affairs, health communications and education. Currently, he is Special Projects Editor of the Journal of Health Communications: International Perspectives and senior counselor at Alfa Communications in Warsaw.

His clients have included Johnson and Johnson (for whom he helped develop and launch the Campaign for Nursing’s Future), Merck, Sirtex (whose SIRT liver cancer treatment technology he has helped represent in Poland for more than 10 years), L’oreal – UNESCO “For Women in Science”, PhRMA and IFPMA. His campaigns have won a Silver Anvil, Gold Quill, and Big Apple Award of the NY PRSA.

Ken retired in 2007 as executive vice president and director of international healthcare at Ruder Finn in Washington, London and Paris. During the course of his long career, he was also managing director of Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide healthcare practice, founding chairman of InterScience (a global healthcare PR company later acquired by 3BCom/Medicus), executive vice president and director of healthcare at Hill & Knowlton, and director of public affairs at Squibb (now BMS).

Prior to entering the corporate world, Ken was associate professor and director of the graduate public relations program at American University in Washington, a communications specialist at Meharry Medical College, news director at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and a USIA foreign service information officer in Africa. His textbook, Informing the People (Longmans, 1981) written with Ray Hiebert and others, was considered the standard authority in government public information for many years.  He has a BA (honors) degree from Cornell, MA degrees from Yale and the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.  He was born in Rochester, NY and has two adult children from his marriage to the late Renee Efland Rabin.  He has been married since 2003 to Prof. Anna Wysocka-Rabin of the Polish National Center for Nuclear Research.

Debrework Zewdie

Debrework Zewdie
Senior Scholar

Debrework Zewdie is the Former Director of the World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Program and Deputy Executive Director and COO of the Global Fund. She led research, strategy, policy implementation, and management of development programs at country, regional, and global levels for the World Bank and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Zewdie conceptualized and managed the first billion-dollar multi-country HIV/AIDS Program for Africa that changed the AIDS funding landscape and pioneered the large-scale multi-sectorial response with direct financing to civil society and the private sector. She was trained as a clinical Immunologist at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and worked on the HIV/AIDS epidemic for the last thirty-five years. Dr. Debrework was a Senior MacArthur Fellow and a Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and the Icahn School of Public Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Dr. Zewdie had also served as Deputy Director and later Acting Director of the National Research Institute of Health of Ethiopia and as Program Manager of Ethiopia’s AIDS/STD Prevention and Control Program. She is a Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

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