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Haile DeBas

Haile T. Debas, M.D., is currently a Senior Global Health Advisor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and is currently widely consulted on issues associated with global health. At UCSF, he has previously served as the Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences, the Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor and, later, Chancellor of Medical Affairs. A gastrointestinal surgeon by training, Dr. Debas is also the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery and chaired the UCSF Department of Surgery from 1986 to 2003. A native of Eritrea, he received his M.D. from McGill University and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia. Under Dr. Debas’s stewardship, the UCSF School of Medicine became a national model for medical education, an achievement for which he was recognized with the 2004 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Debas has also held leadership positions with numerous membership organizations and professional associations and was a member of the United Nations’ Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. Dr. Debas is also the founding chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and is director of the University of California Global Health Institute.

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