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Wafaa El-Sadr

Wafaa El-Sadr is the director of ICAP and is professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University. She is a leader in global health with many contributions in HIV/TB, tuberculosis, maternal and child health, and broad health systems strengthening.

Dr. El-Sadr has been a member of the Columbia community for close to 25 years. For two decades, she led the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harlem Hospital where she successfully established a multi-dimensional research and service program responsive to the needs of the community. Building on this experience, Dr. El-Sadr took the lessons learned from Harlem to the global arena at a time when millions had little or no options for HIV prevention or treatment. Through ICAP, more than a million people with HIV have received HIV-related services in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. Dr. El-Sadr’s work demonstrates a deep appreciation of the breadth of issues fundamental to transforming the health of populations at local and global levels–from scientific discovery to implementation science.

Dr. El-Sadr received her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt, a masters of public health from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a masters of public administration from Harvard University. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship and is a recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius’ fellowship. Dr. El-Sadr is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in medicine.