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Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Global Health

Tom Kenyon is the Director of the CDC Center for Global Health (CGH). Dr. Kenyon most recently served as Country Director for CDC Ethiopia where CDC plays a major role in partnership with the Ethiopian Government in health systems strengthening, HIV prevention in key populations, comprehensive clinical services and treatment for HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, and strategic information.

Dr. Kenyon has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Indiana University and a Masters in Public Health with a focus on international health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and subsequently completed a 3 year residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson.

His career with CDC began in 1994 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of TB Elimination. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the CDC Country Director in Botswana where he led numerous studies in partnership with the Ministry of Health to improve our understanding of and response to the co-epidemics of HIV and TB. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Kenyon began CDC’s operations in Namibia in partnership with the Ministry of Health where he led US Government efforts under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to establish the national antiretroviral therapy (ART) program, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), HIV surveillance, and comprehensive programs in HIV prevention and care. He returned to Washington, DC, from 2006 to 2008, on detail to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Department of State, as Principal Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator and Chief Medical Officer for PEPFAR. During his tenure as Principal Deputy, PEPFAR achieved major program expansion and reached critical targets in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

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