• Clinical Professor, Global Health

Dr. Robert D. Newman is a pediatrician and is currently the Managing Director for Policy and Performance at the GAVI Alliance Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he oversees organizational strategy setting, market shaping, policy development, business planning, and monitoring & evaluation.

Before joining GAVI, Dr. Newman was Director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he spent 9 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in the Malaria Branch, where he also served as the CDC team lead for the US Presidents Malaria Initiative from 2006 to 2009. He has also spent time in the field, first studying Cryptosporidium in a favela in Brazil in the early 1990s, and then as Country Coordinator of Health Alliance International in Mozambique in the late 1990s supporting the government in its efforts to improve maternal and child health.

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.

  • MD (Johns Hopkins University)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BA (Williams College)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Immunizations
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
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