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Director: Thomas Kenyon, MD MPH

Dr. Tom Kenyon is the Director of Center for Global Health (CGH) at CDC. Dr. Kenyon most recently served as Country Director for CDC in Ethiopia from 2009 to 2013 where he played a major role in expanding partnerships with the Ethiopian Government in maternal child health, health systems strengthening, strategic information, TB, malaria, pandemic influenza, HIV prevention in key populations, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment.

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 HIV/TB and developed a wide range of new initiatives in HIV/AIDS prevention with the Ministry of Health and partners from civil society. 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 and served from 2006 to 2008 in 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 established systems of accountability, achieved major program expansion, and reached critical targets in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

Dr. Kenyon also previously served as Communicable Disease Director for the Chicago Department of Health and as a pediatrician and program director for Project HOPE in Grenada, West Indies, Swaziland, and Malawi. He graduated with 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.

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