Dr. Madhukar Pai Appointed Director of Global

Dr. Madhukar Pai Appointed Director of Global
Health Programs, McGill University
It is with great pleasure that we announce the
appointment of Dr. Madhukar Pai as Director, Global
Health Programs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill
University, effective September 1, 2014. Dr. Pai
succeeds Dr. Dan Deckelbaum, who has held the
position as Interim Director since March 2013. During
Dan’s tenure, McGill’s Global Health Programs
increased in visibility both inside and outside of the
University. Individuals and units committed to global
health research and teaching at McGill were rallied
together on a number of occasions, many partnerships were facilitated and valuable funds were raised
to give impetus to new student opportunities. We thank Dr. Deckelbaum sincerely for his leadership
during the transition period, and we wish him ongoing success.
Dr. Madhukar (Madhu) Pai completed his medical training and community medicine residency in
Vellore, India. He earned his PhD in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, and
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently
Associate Professor in the Department of Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational
Health at McGill and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. He serves as a consultant
for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Geneva. Madhu has previously served as co-chair of the
Stop TB Partnership's Working Group on New Diagnostics. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet
Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others. He
provides technical assistance to several agencies, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNITAID,
and WHO. He also holds honorary professorship appointments at universities in India and South Africa.
Madhu’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially
in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the
Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has
more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to several teaching awards, he is recipient of the
Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Stars in Global Health award from
Grand Challenges Canada.
As Director of Global Health Programs, Madhu will ensure the continued excellence and growth in
program development, while establishing new directions related to global health on both the
educational and research fronts. He will also be responsible for student outcomes, preparing McGill
students to become Canada’s future global health leaders and establishing a greater presence and
increased collaboration between the clinical, research and teaching communities within the Faculty of
Medicine and the University.
Madhu’s expertise, experience and vision position him well to ensure McGill’s Global Health Programs
are at the forefront as a University priority and are recognized as major contributors to global health
locally, nationally and internationally. Please join us in wishing him a warm congratulations and much
success in this role.
David Eidelman, MDCM
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Mara Ludwig, MD
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs