William Foege

Senior Fellow,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

William H. Foege is an epidemiologist recognized for his work in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He is chairman emeritus of the Global Health Council and senior fellow to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Foege became chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of CDC in 1977. In 1984, he and several colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He joined The Carter Center in 1986 as executive director, fellow for Health Policy. He resigned in 1992, but remained a fellow and executive director of the Task Force. In 1997, he became presidential distinguished professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. In 1999, Dr. Foege became senior medical advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He retired from both Emory University and the Gates Foundation in December 2001; however, he remains active in both organizations as emeritus presidential distinguished professor of International Health and as a Gates Senior Fellow. Dr. Foege received his medical degree from the University of Washington and his Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. A recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, Dr. Foege is the author of more than 125 professional publications. Dr. Foege is a former member of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize jury and now serves on the Hilton Foundation Board of Directors.