Wafaa El-Sadr

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, is director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiologic Research (CIDER) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. El-Sadr also is professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University.

Dr. El-Sadr’s interests include program development, establishing systems that support high-quality programs, and contributing to the knowledge base about infectious diseases and other health threats that affect vulnerable communities in the United States and internationally.

For two decades, Dr. El-Sadr led the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harlem Hospital for two decades, where she was instrumental in the development of an internationally recognized comprehensive HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) program focused on service, training and research. She has been the principal investigator for a large number of grant-funded projects through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, New York State and New York City Departments of Health, which have advanced understanding of the epidemiology of HIV and TB as well as led to the identification of effective strategies for their prevention and treatment. This work has included the establishment of a Domestic Prevention Working Group within the HIV Prevention Network to focus on domestic aspects of the HIV epidemic.

As ICAP director, Dr. El-Sadr leads a staff of more than 800 people around the world who are providing technical assistance to resource-limited countries for HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs, as well as related conditions.

In 2008, Dr. El-Sadr was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow in recognition of her creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions for the future. In addition, in 2009, Rolling Stone magazine named Dr. El-Sadr to its list of "100 People Who Are Changing America."

Dr. El-Sadr holds a medical doctorate from Cairo University, a master's of public health degree in epidemiology from the Mailman School, and a master's in public administration degree from the Kennedy School for Government at Harvard University. She is Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She also serves on a number of U.S. and international public health and research committees.