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Haile T. Debas, MD

UCGHI Director Emeritus

Haile T. Debas, MD, is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and is widely consulted on issues associated with global health. His career as a physician, researcher, professor, and academic leader spans over four decades in Canada and the United States. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he served as Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, and Founding Executive Director of Global Health Sciences. He was the Founding Director of the University of California Global Health Institute from 2009 to 2016.

A native of Eritrea, Dr. Debas received his MD from McGill University and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia and post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA. He is the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus at UCSF and was a lead editor of the Essential Surgery volume of Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (DCP3), published by the World Bank in 2015. Dr. Debas is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University and has served on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University. He was instrumental in the creation of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, serving as the Founding Chair of its Board of Directors.