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GW’s Dr. Peter Hotez Named President of The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

WASHINGTON - The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) announced that Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor, Walter G. Ross Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has assumed his role of president of the Society, a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Dr. Hotez also serves as the president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and was instrumental in the creation of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. 

In his role as president, Dr. Hotez will focus on outreaching to colleagues from the Society's disease endemic countries, promoting military medicine, and harnessing the energy and talents of the next generation of global health experts.

"It is a true honor and my privilege to serve as president of ASTMH for the coming year," said Dr. Hotez. "I look forward to representing this prestigious and vital Society and working toward expanding its reach and tackling some of the most pressing global health challenges."