he currently serves as the director and principal investigator for Emory’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
Haile Tesfaye Debas, MD (Cochair), is Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences and Chancellor- and Dean-emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and currently serves on Committee for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves on the UN Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. He served with distinction as Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery before he was appointed Dean of the Medical School in 1993. Under his decade of leadership, the School of Medicine saw unprecedented growth in its academic programs with the creation of several multidisciplinary centers and institutes and the implementation of a new curriculum for medical education that has been nationally recognized for its innovations. He is internationally recognized for his scientific contributions in gastrointestinal physiology and numerous other contributions to medicine. Dr. Debas was born in Eritrea and received his MD degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada.
Solomon Benatar, MB, ChB, FFA, FRCP, FACP (Hon), served as Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Chief Physician at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980 to 1999. During the past decade, Dr. Benatar has led the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Bioethics, as its founding director. His academic interests have ranged from respiratory medicine, academic freedom, medical ethics, and the humanities in medicine, to human rights, health care systems, health economics and global health—on which topics he has published over 250 journal articles and book chapters. During the 1994 to 1995 academic year he was a Fellow in the program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been an invited teacher at many medical schools world-wide. He is an elected Foreign Member of the IOM (1989), and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994). He is a corresponding member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Human Rights and has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, Médecins sans Frontières and the HIV Prevention Trials Network. Since 1999 he has been Visiting Professor in Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is the Program Director of a Fogarty International Center funded capacity building program in International Research Ethics in Southern Africa (2003–2006), Chairman of the South African Interim National Health Research Ethics Committee, and immediate past president of the International Association of Bioethics.