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Jean William Pape

Jean William Pape, MD, is currently the director and founder of the GHESKIO (Haitian Study Group on Kaposi Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) Centers in Haiti, and a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, in the United States. Upon completion of his postdoctoral training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Cornell, he joined the Cornell faculty and returned to his native Haiti. In Haiti, he introduced new guidelines for the care of children with diarrhea, which resulted in a rapid decrease of hospital mortality. Dr. Pape’s most important scientific accomplishment is the recognition and first comprehensive description of AIDS in the developing world. He assumed an international leadership role and has been unrelenting in his efforts to implement programs for the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS, and tuberculosis, in Haiti and other resource-limited countries. Dr. Pape has received many national and international awards, including the highest award by the Haitian Medical Society, the United Nations Secretary General Award, and France’s Legion of Honor. Dr. Pape is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. In 2010, Dr. Pape and GHESKIO received the Carlos Slim Award for Health, the Prix Christophe Mérieux from Institut de France, the Gates Award for Global Health, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award. He received his bachelor of science from Columbia University and doctor of medicine from Cornell University.

Interview date

2010-01

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