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The role of the External Advisory Committe (EAC) is to help develop the Sparkman Center for Global Health's strategic vision and to provide counsel and support on both conceptual and programmatic levels. The membership for this Committee is made up of persons who have been involved in health activities in international settings. They lend advice and also provide linkages to national and international institutions and agencies who could work with the Sparkman Center. Each member brings unique experience, wisdom, and expertise to the Sparkman Center and to the University of Alabama at Birmingham community. Members are:

  • Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH, MPH
    • Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Director of Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • David O. Freedman, MD 
    • Professor Emeritus of Infectious Diseases, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD 
    • Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University 
  • Ricardo Izurieta, MD, DrPH, MPH, DTM&H
    • Associate Professor, Leader Global Communicable Diseases Concentration, College of Public Health, University of South Florida and Director of Public Health Scholar Concentration, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida 
  • Gail Reed, MS
    • Co-founder, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), and Executive Editor, MEDICC Review
  • Sten Vermund, MD, PhD
    • Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health and Dean of Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine 

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From left to right: Gail Reed, Dr. Muktar Aliyu, Dr. Sten Vermund, Dr. David Freedman, Dr. Janet Turan, Dr. Adnan Hyder, Dr. Ricardo Izurieta.