Posted: June 3, 2020
Rubina Imtiaz, MBBS
As CWW’s Director, Dr. Imtiaz provides leadership, technical expertise, and oversight for CWW’s work with partners to control soil-transmitted helminthiasis.
Dr. Imtiaz has over 35 years of experience building and managing complex public health programs involving partners in the public and private sectors. Most recently, Dr. Imtiaz was associate director for the Division of Global HIV/AIDS & TB at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), responsible for program and management oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs in West/Central Africa. An internist by training, Dr. Imtiaz joined CDC in 1984 as the first Pakistani to be inducted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service. She later served as branch chief in CDC’s Global Health Office overseeing Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs) in 26 countries and starting new FELTPs in Pakistan and India. Dr. Imtiaz also served as CDC director to India, led a task force on the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009-10, and served as associate chief for program integration for the International Laboratory Branch of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS. During her tenure at CDC, Dr. Imtiaz received a number of awards for her contributions, including the Center for Global Health Director’s Medal of Excellence in Global Health award and the Medal of Achievement for H1N1 Pandemic Response.
In addition to her CDC experience, Dr. Imtiaz led immunization programs for UNICEF in Nepal and for The Carter Center. She also initiated Guinea worm eradication programs in Pakistan, Ghana, and Nigeria. Dr. Imtiaz has taught courses at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health; the National Institute for Epidemiology, Chennai; Public Health Foundation of India; and the Institute for Public Health, Pakistan. She is a peer reviewer for several international conferences and public health journals and has published extensively in a number of top-tier journals.