Pangaea's Dr. Eric Goosby Becomes U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation hails today’s Senate confirmation of Dr. Eric Goosby, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, whom the Senate confirmed today as the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Dr. Goosby, who leads the international affiliate of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, was appointed by President Obama in March to lead the U.S. strategy for addressing HIV around the world, and will oversee President Obama’s implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“By naming Dr. Goosby to this important post, President Obama chose a man who has been a leader in the development of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention strategies since the earliest days of the epidemic,” said Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation who also serves as president and acting CEO of Pangaea. “The world’s most vulnerable populations will benefit from Dr. Goosby’s guidance through greater access to HIV treatment and prevention programs based on sound science.”
At Pangaea’s helm since its inception in 2001, Dr. Goosby played a key role in the development and implementation of national HIV treatment plans in Rwanda, South Africa, China and Ukraine. He has extensive international experience in the development of treatment guidelines for use of antiretroviral therapies, clinical mentoring and training of health professionals, and the design and implementation of local models of HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and care. Dr. Goosby focuses his expertise on building sustainable HIV/AIDS treatment capacity within existing health care systems.
Dr. Goosby, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, has more than 25 years of experience treating HIV/AIDS. He was among the first few physicians to see AIDS begin to take its devastating toll on the city early in his career at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Goosby was appointed the first director of the new Ryan White AIDS Care Program in 1991, overseeing the distribution of federal funds and the planning of services in AIDS epicenters around the U.S.
Dr. Goosby then worked for the Clinton Administration as director of HIV/AIDS policy in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1994 to 2000 as well as for the White House’s National AIDS Policy Office as interim director in 1997, reporting to the president as his senior advisor on HIV-related issues, and as acting deputy director in 2000. In these positions, Dr. Goosby developed guidelines for the use of antiretrovirals; played a leading role in the creation of the Minority AIDS Initiative; coordinated scientific reviews of needle exchange as a public health intervention and helped to generate the administration’s global response to HIV.
“The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation are confident that the United States will make great strides in battling AIDS worldwide under Dr. Goosby’s leadership,” said Cloutier.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, go to www.sfaf.org.
About Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation: The Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation specializes in developing and executing HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention strategies in medically underserved locations with large HIV-positive populations. Pangaea works with local partners to strengthen existing health care systems and to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment. For more information, go to www.pgaf.org.
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