Helene Gayle

President, CARE

Helene Gayle is President and CEO of CARE USA. She is board certified in Pediatrics and worked at CDC for 20 years. She was the first director of the National Center for HIV, STI, and TB Prevention. At CDC, she was involved in studying problems of malnutrition in children in the United States and internationally, evaluating and implementing child survival programs in Africa and working on HIV/AIDS research, programs and policy. Her work on HIV/AIDS issues has focused on women, children, adolescents, U.S. minorities and international populations. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS Coordinator and Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division for USAID. She has served as a health consultant to international agencies including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNAIDS and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. She also served as the Director of CDC's Washington Office. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the Director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she was responsible for research, program and policies related to HIV/AIDS, STIs, reproductive health issues and TB. Dr. Gayle has also attained the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General) in the US Public Health Service. She is on the boards of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.

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