William Foege
United States

Dr. William Foege, senior fellow in the Global Health Program, advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on strategies that could be usefully pursued in global health. He has served in a variety of executive positions at the Carter Center and is senior investigator on child development at the Task Force for Child Survival and Development as well as Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health.

By writing and lecturing extensively, Foege works to broaden public awareness of the issues of child survival and development, population, preventive medicine, and public health leadership. In 1997 he was named fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Foege helped form the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984 to accelerate childhood immunization. In the 1970s, he worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox and served as director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Foege attended Pacific Lutheran University, received his medical degree from the University of Washington and his master’s in public health from Harvard University.