Jean W. Pape   Professor of Medicine

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I am a graduate of Columbia University (BS, 1971) and Weill Cornell Medical College (MD, 1975). Upon completion of postdoctoral training, I joined the Weill Cornell faculty and returned to my native Haiti to establish the Weill Cornell Infectious Diseases Unit. In 1982, I recognized and provided the first comprehensive description of AIDS in the developing world and founded the organization GHESKIO. Three decades later, GHESKIO provides free testing and treatment for HIV infection for over 40,000 persons annually and treats over 3,000 patients with TB. GHESKIO also provides comprehensive services to its adjacent slum population, including providing health care, tuberculosis case finding, reproductive health and family planning, sexual health education, micro credit financing, and nutritional support. GHESKIO is also implementing programs to increase HIV testing of adolescents and to improve care for those infected. GHESKIO was recognized with the 2010 Gates Award for Global Health for outstanding global health service, research, and training. My research interests are the design of therapeutic and preventive health interventions for people in resource poor countries.


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