CGH Associate Director for Program Development:Isabella Danel, MD, MS
Isabella Danel is the Associate Director for Program Development for CGH.Dr. Danel most recently served as Director of CDC’s Regional Office for Central America and Panama, located in Guatemala City. In that position, she provided leadership for multiple CDC programs in eight countries of the region.
Dr. Danel received her B.S. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and her medical degree from Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital as well as a fellowship in medical complications of pregnancy. Dr. Danel is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. She received her M.S. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was a research fellow there, focused on maternal mortality. Dr. Danel started her career with CDC in 1993 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Behavioral Epidemiology and Demographic Research Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She also did a Preventive Medicine Residency at the Office of Perinatal Epidemiology, Georgia Dept of Public Health. Dr. Danel has held positions as Chief of the newly created Assisted Reproductive Technology Unit from 1996-1998 and Deputy Director of the Pregnancy and Infant Health Branch until 2000. Between 2000 and 2006, Dr. Danel was seconded to the World Bank to expand and strengthen the impact of health loans to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, particularly in Latin America and South Asia.