It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Pat Hibberd will be joining us as chair of the Department of Global Health as of July 1, 2016.
Dr. Hibberd is a physician and epidemiologist, currently serving as professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and as director of the Division of Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a BSc (honors) from King’s College, London, and a PhD degree in information science/epidemiology from Leicester University in 1978. She came to the US in 1980 as an epidemiologist researcher and obtained an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1986. Dr. Hibberd trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has had leadership roles in infectious diseases, epidemiology, clinical research, and global health at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. She was also a General Clinical Research Center program director while she was at Tufts.
Currently Dr. Hibberd is a practicing infectious disease consultant who also leads a clinical and translational research program focusing on the prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, and diarrhea—the leading killers of children under age 5 worldwide. She has worked in India for 20 years, and her research in India has been funded by NIH/NICHD’s Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research since 2008. She is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Malawi and by Saving Lives at Birth in Pakistan for the development of novel point of care diagnostics for pneumonia in young children. One of her passions is mentorship and fostering the development of the next generation of global health leaders—these include undergraduate, public health, and medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Hibberd is also a Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassador for Global Health Research and is currently chair of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the CDC’s STRIVE Trial, testing one of the vaccines (rVSV-ZEBOV) to prevent Ebola in Sierra Leone. She has published more than 300 articles, chapters, and books and serves on advisory boards to many US and international organizations.
Throughout the search process, I have been consistently impressed by the breadth and depth of Dr. Hibberd’s scholarship, her commitment to the health of the public, and her vision for the future of the global health department. I am tremendously excited to welcome Dr. Hibberd to our community and eager to work with her and the faculty, staff, and students of the department to pave a path forward for both the department and the School.
I want to thank the Search Advisory Committee, ably chaired by Dr. Mary Jane England, who carried out an international search with grace and efficiency, bringing to our community outstanding candidates, and helping lead us to Dr. Hibberd: a truly happy outcome. We shall be celebrating the search committee’s work and effort in due time; more on that soon. I also wanted to thank all those beyond the committee who participated in, and gave input about, the search, including department faculty, staff, and students, and a long list of School community members who engaged in the process. The terrific conclusion of a search is very much a tribute to the engagement of many; thank you.
Although we shall have more opportunity to do this in coming months, I wanted here to say a preliminary thank you to Dr. Rich Feeley, who has been an outstanding ad interim chair of the global health department over the past few years. I have come to very much value and respect Dr. Feeley’s leadership of the department and his wise counsel as a part of the School’s leadership team. I look forward to many more years of partnership with Dr. Feeley as part of the faculty. We shall also duly celebrate Dr. Feeley’s tenure soon; more on that to come too.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Hibberd to the department and School.
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor