Wafaa El-Sadr is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of ICAP. She also leads the Global Health Initiative at the Mailman School of Public Health. She is an internationally renowned research scientist and leader in global health with interest in HIV, tuberculosis maternal/child health, capacity building and health systems strengthening. Her work bridges interest and commitment to local and global public health challenges and has unique appreciation of the breadth of issues needed to transform the health of populations from knowledge generation and scientific inquiry to implementation and scale-up of high quality programs.
Through ICAP, the center she established at the Mailman School, large scale programs have been established in sub Saharan Africa that link research, education, training and practice with a focus on HIV, related conditions and health system strengthening. Her work has highlighted key principles that need to guide the work in global health. Through her leadership of the Global Health Initiative at Mailman, great strides have been made to strengthen linkages and synergies between the many diverse endeavors by the faculty of the School as well as to identify cutting-edge cross-disciplinary areas for future efforts.
She holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an M.P.H. from Columbia University, and an M.D. from Cairo University. Her work and scholarship has appeared in many leading journals. She became a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.