The Current Crisis in Historical Perspective: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The Current Crisis in Historical Perspective: Looking Back, Looking Forward

April 24, 2020

This Dean’s Virtual Grand Rounds featured Michael Merson, former director of the WHO Global Program on AIDS. (See Dr. Merson’s recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, The Dangerous Fallout from Cutting U.S. Funding for the WHO.)

Moderated by Jim Sherry, Professor of Health Policy & Management and featured the following speakers:

  • Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH
  • Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Executive Director of Public Health Informatics Computational Operations Research
  • Kathleen Cravero, CUNY SPH Senior Scholar

Recording of event

Michael MersonMichael H. Merson

Wofgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke University
Former Director, WHO Global Program on AIDS

Dr. Merson is the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University and founding director of SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute. He is also Visiting Professor of global health at NYU School of Global Public Health. He was previously the founding director of the Duke 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.