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2012 Arthur Kellermann Arthur Kellermann, MPH '85
Dr. Kellermann is is a national leader in emergency services and response and is currently VP and Director of RAND Health. Dr. Kellermann founded the department of emergency medicine at Emory School of Medicine and established the Emory Center for Injury Control.
2011 DAA Patti Janssen Patti Janssen, MPH '93, PhD '01
Dr. Janssen is a professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population & Public Health, and the Co-Director of their Interdisciplinary Women's Reproductive Health Research Training Program.
2010 Chris Elias Chris Elias, MPH '90
Chris Elias is the president and CEO of PATH, the Seattle-based international nonprofit organization working in more than 70 countries and dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. You can read Dr. Elias’ remarks at the School’s 2010 Graduation ceremony in our news archive.
2009 Frederick Rivara Frederick Rivara, MPH '80
Fred Rivara is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, and Head of the General Division of the Department of Pediatrics in the UW School of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He has co-authored three books and published over 400 articles, book chapters, technical reports, and monographs. Dr. Rivara has been honored as an educator, health researcher, clinician, journal editor, and child health advocate.
2008 Ward Hinds Ward Hinds MD, MPH '75
Ward Hinds retired in 2007 as Health Officer of the Snohomish Health District, a post he held for more than 20 years. He inspired his students (he taught in both Epidemiology and Health Services) and colleagues with his energy and willingness to take leadership positions on an array of issues. He is also an active member of our Alumni Advisory Board.
2007 Natalia Kanem Natalia Kanem, MPH '90
A tireless advocate and eloquent spokesperson, Natalia Kanem is President of ELMA Philanthropies, a group dedicated to inspiring, nurturing, and protecting the children and youth of poor, marginalized communities in Africa. She previously spent 13 years at the Ford Foundation, where she served as Deputy Vice President for peace and social justice programs and Representative for West Africa.
2006 Donn Colby Donn Colby, eMPH '11
Donn Colby is the Acting In-Country Medical Director of VCHAP, the Vietnam-CDC-Harvard AIDS Partnership. VCHAP provides training on HIV/AIDS clinical care and anti-retroviral drug treatment to Vietnamese physicians working in clinics funded through the PEPFAR program.

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