An internationally recognized expert in global health has decided that the time has come to step aside from the influential program he helped to create.
Haile Debas, MDCM’63, DSc’05, UC San Francisco’s chancellor emeritus and dean emeritus of the UCSF School of Medicine, announced recently that he would retire as executive director of the university’s renowned Global Health Sciences program, which he founded in 2003.
A native of Eritrea, Debas received his medical degree from McGill and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia. Under Debas’s stewardship, the UCSF School of Medicine became a national model for medical education.
Just because he is moving on from the Global Health Sciences program doesn’t mean Debas, 73, is slowing down.
Starting this fall, he will redirect his energies toward “important strategic programs and activities,” including “nurturing” the University of California’s Global Health Institute, being a senior adviser at UCSF on global health, and working on Global Health Sciences development efforts in Africa.