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World Health Organization’s David L. Heymann, M.D., to Give Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health 2009 Convocation Address

PITTSBURGH, April 21, 2009 — David L. Heymann, M.D., assistant Director-General at the World Health Organization (WHO), will deliver this year’s convocation address to the 2009 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health graduating class. His address, “Images Past and Future: Our Destiny in Public Health,” will conclude the school’s 59th annual convocation to be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. 

A highly regarded organization dedicated to addressing health needs across the world, WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping health research, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing global health trends.

Dr. Heymann currently serves as WHO’s assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, and as its representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication.  Prior to joining WHO, he spent thirteen years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there, he worked to strengthen methods to survey and control infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on childhood illnesses including measles, polio, African hemorrhagic fevers, poxviruses and malaria. 

Dr. Heymann received his medical degree from Wake Forest University. During a 35-year career in public health, he has published more than 145 scientific articles on infectious diseases, and has received numerous awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to global disease prevention and control.

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