Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, former Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation, and former Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID under President Obama (2011 to 2016). While at USAID, Dr. Pablos-Méndez advanced the U.S. Government vision to end preventable child and maternal deaths and foster global health security through innovation and health systems.
Dr. Pablos-Méndez began his public health career working on the emergence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in New York City in 1991 and leading the first global report on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he later served as Director of Knowledge Management, 2004-2007, working to bridge the know-do gap in global health.
At The Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2004, Dr. Pablos-Méndez spearheaded public-private partnerships in R&D for diseases of poverty (e.g. the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development), the Foundation's strategy on AIDS treatment in Africa (2001), and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health (2003). In 2007, he returned to Rockefeller as Managing Director and led the Foundation’s initiative to position universal health coverage on the international agenda.
Dr. Pablos-Méndez received his M.D. from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and his M.P.H from Columbia University. He is an author on over 150 publications and is a member of various boards and international commissions.