Rutherford will direct the IGH in the absence of another UC
Berkeley professor, Dr. Richard Feachem, who has taken a two-year
leave of absence to serve as executive director of the U.N.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, based in
Rutherfords appointment, which is effective immediately,
was announced by Haile Debas, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine.
"Dr. Rutherford brings to the task an outstanding track
record in public health research and practice, including a number
of senior academic and government positions," said Dean
Debas. "The school welcomes Dr. Rutherford to his new leadership
role and wishes Dr. Feachem every success in his new and challenging
Rutherford is currently the Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor
and head of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF,
adjunct professor of epidemiology and health administration
at UC Berkeley, director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
International Program, and director of the Joint UCSF-UCB Residency
Program in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.
"It is an honor to accept this post, " said Rutherford.
"The Institute for Global Health is not only changing the
way leaders, scientists, and policymakers view international
public health, but also helping them to reach consensus on the
most important health priorities of our time. I look forward
to helping the IGH expand its research and training programs."
Rutherfords experience in the public health field includes
service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the
Center for Disease Control (CDC) from 1982-84, while also carrying
out duties as Director of Immunization and Tropical Disease
Divisions in the New York City Department of Health. From 1985-90,
he was director of the AIDS Office in the San Francisco Public
Department of Health. He became State Epidemiologist for California
from 1990-92. In 1993, Rutherford was named State Health Officer
for California, serving for three years as the top physician
in the state health department.
Much of Rutherfords research and work has focused on
the natural history of HIV infection, and the epidemiology of
HIV/AIDS infection in California and Latin America. He has also
studied the epidemiology and prevention of tuberculosis, syphilis,
and coccidioidomycosis (a fungal infection endemic to the Southwestern
United States), and the interplay between managed care and public
The Institute for Global Health
was founded in 1999 by UCSF and UC Berkeley to improve health
and increase access to effective and affordable health services
in all countries. The IGH maintains a small core staff in San
Francisco and works with prominent scientists and leaders from
around the world to conduct research, provide high-level training,
and influence health policies in the public and private sectors.