Robert D. Newman

Dr Robert D. Newman is a pediatrician and is currently the Director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  As Country Coordinator of Health Alliance International in Mozambique in the late 1990s, he was astounded at the human toll of malaria in Africa.  He has dedicated the last 14 years to combating the disease, first at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and more recently at WHO.  He believes that through relentless investment in scaling-up the malaria interventions we have today, developing new tools for tomorrow, and fostering leadership in affected countries, this ancient foe can be defeated.

Dr. Newman received his BA in English Literature from Williams College, his MD from Johns Hopkins University, and his MPH from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington--Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1996, and stayed on to complete a National Research Service Award fellowship in General Pediatrics in 1998.  He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on malaria and other infectious diseases.