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Gregory Pappas, MD PhD

Associate Director National Surveillance
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Gregory Pappas, M.D., Ph.D recently joined the FDA as the Associate Director for Medical Device Surveillance at Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).  He previously served as the Senior Deputy Director of HAHSTA (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration) for the District of Columbia, Department of Health. He has worked professionally in over 30 countries. Dr. Pappas served as the Noordin M. Thobani Professor at the Aga Khan University (AKU), where he was the Chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan.

While serving as Medical Director of the Futures Group, he designed and implemented the monitoring and evaluation plan for the antiretroviral program of AIDS Relief, working in nine countries in Africa and the six countries in the Caribbean. Dr. Pappas served in a variety of positions over a 17 year period in the Department of Health and Human Services including his role as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health/Surgeon General, David Satcher. For ORC Macro, as Deputy Director of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), he planned and implemented innovative surveys in Uganda, Mali, Uzbekistan, and Dominican Republic.

Dr. Pappas received his MD and PhD (Anthropology) from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. After his clinical training, he came to Washington D.C., first for a fellowship in Epidemiology, then continuing as a scientist at the National Center for Health Statistics/CDC. At NCHS he worked on many of the large national data systems and led the National Health Survey of Pakistan, a nationally representative health examination survey of over 16,000 sample persons.

Dr. Pappas is author of numerous articles, including his work in the New England Journal of Medicine “The increasing disparity in mortality between socioeconomic groups in the United States” and his book with Cornell University Press, “The Magic City: unemployment in a working class community.”

Dr. Pappas served as Chair of the Science Board and member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. His book “Megacities and Global Health” (APHA Press) with Omar Khan was published in 2012.

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