David L. Heymann

David L. Heymann
  • Lessons Learned from other Eradication Initiatives

Past Core Course:

  • Lessons Learned from Eradication Initiatives
  • The Challenge of Malaria Eradication

David L. Heymann is professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London. From 2009-2013 he was chairman of the Health Protection Agency, UK and from 2013-March 2017 he was chairman of the board, Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization’s (WHO) assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication. From 1998-2003 he was executive director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster during which he headed the global response to SARS.

Before joining WHO, Professor Heymann worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where, as well as supporting ministries of health in research, he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. Prior to joining CDC, Professor Heymann worked in India for two years in the WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), and has been awarded several public health awards. In 2009 Professor Heymann was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.