Social determinants of health

William Foege

Dr William H. Foege is Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, Emory University, and a Gates Fellow.

Dr Foege, an epidemiologist, worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. Dr Foege became Chief of the CDC Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977. In 1984, Dr Foege co-founded the Task Force for Child Survival, a working group for WHO, UNICEF, The World Bank, UNDP, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Dr Foege served The Carter Center between 1986-1992 as its Executive Director, Fellow for Health Policy and Executive Director of Global 2000. Between 1992-1999, he contributed to the Centre's work as a Fellow and as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. Between 1999-2001, Dr Foege served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.