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Gallery of PAHO Directors
George A.O. Alleyne, Director Emeritus, was born in St. Philip, Barbados, in 1932. He obtained his bachelor of medicine and surgery degree from the University of London in 1957 and his M.D. from the same university in 1965. He began a career in academic medicine in 1962 at the University of the West Indies, and was appointed Professor of Medicine in 1972. Dr. Alleyne has served as a member of various bodies, including the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the WHO Tropical Disease Research Program and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Scientific Investigation in Developing Countries. From 1970 to 1981, Dr. Alleyne served as a member and chair of the PAHO Advisory Committee on Medical Research. Dr. Alleyne joined the PAHO staff in 1981 as chief of Research Promotion and Coordination. In 1983 he became Director of Health Programs Development, and in 1990 he became Assistant Director of the Organization. In 1995 Dr. Alleyne began his first term as Director of PAHO. Equity and Pan Americanism are principles that resonate throughout Dr. Alleyne's work and writings, and guide the execution of the Organization's regional programming, reflecting persistent search to achieve the goal of Health for All. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made him Knight Bachelor in 1990 for his services to medicine. In 2001 Sir George Alleyne was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. He ended his second four-year term as Director of PAHO in 2003.
Gallery of PAHO Directors
Mirta Roses Periago, Director Emeritus, was born in Argentina. She received her medical degree from the National University of Córdoba in 1969, obtaining a diploma in public health with concentration in epidemiology and a certificate of specialization in infectious diseases from the University of Buenos Aires. She also studied medicine at Bahía State Federal University in Brazil. Dr. Roses began her career in Córdoba, Argentina, as a staff physician in the Rawson Hospital and as a teaching instructor as the National University in the Departments of Preventive and Social Medicine and of Infectious Diseases. She joined the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in 1984 as coordinator of the Epidemiology Unit of the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) in Trinidad and Tobago. She later held positions as PAHO/WHO Representative in Dominican Republic and Bolivia. In 1995 she was appointed Assistant Director of PAHO. In September 2002, Dr. Roses was elected Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau by the countries of the Hemisphere. She took office on 1 February becoming the first Argentine and first woman to hold that position in the world's oldest public health agency, founded in 1902. In September 2007 she was reelected to another term as Director of the Organization.
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