HONOREES

Our most influential alumni

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary and in recognition to their significant contributions to the field of public health, we honor these 75 alumni as our most influential of the past 75 years.
(Does not include deceased alumni).

Our alumni honorees list first includes our living Alumni of the Year since the award was established in 1978. The remaining awardees were nominated by School community members and then voted on by our faculty.

Julie Gerberding

1990s 

Industry leader and former CDC director dedicated to disease prevention on a global scale

Sir Michael Marmot

1970s 

World-renowned researcher who demonstrated the relationship of social determinants to health and mortality

Michael E. Bird

1980s 

Former APHA president dedicated to closing the healthcare gap for Native Americans

Mary A. Pittman

1980s 

CEO of top nonprofit who mobilizes health professionals to impact national and global public policy

Katherine S. Pollard

2000s 

Developer of cutting-edge technology to optimize precision medical treatment based on genetics

L. Martin Griffin Jr.

1970s 

Legendary environmental activist who led a revolution for land and wildlife preservation in California

Bessanderson McNeil

1970s 

Educator who investigated hypertension and promoted community health

Steve Selvin

1970s 

Renowned statistician who has generated breakthroughs in genetic problems, disease patterns, and environmental pollution

Judith Heumann

1970s 

Renowned international advocate who advances civil rights for disabled people

A. Eugene Washington

1970s 

Illustrious chancellor and CEO who has shaped national health policy and transformed health care practice

Melanie Tervalon

1980s 

Renowned health educator who pioneered the concept of cultural humility in order to transform the medical profession

Kate Lorig

1970s 1980s 

Academic pioneer who creates community-based disease self-management programs on a global scale

Sarah Krevans

1980s 

Sutter Health President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul English

1980s 1990s 

Environmental epidemiologist who investigates the impact of pesticides, air pollution, and climate change on environmental health in California and worldwide

Jeff Oxendine

1980s 

Empowerer of the next generation of health leaders and professionals

Maria S. Gomez

1980s 

Health activist who builds better futures for the DC area’s underserved

Jennifer Ahern

2000s 

Unraveler of the ways social and physical environments affect health in our communities

Garrett D. Brown

1990s 

Safety maverick who challenges how globalization impacts the world’s most vulnerable workers

Henry F. Raymond

2010s 

Bridger of research and practice for the benefit of populations at high risk of HIV infection

Rena J. Pasick

1980s 

Founder of a diversity training program that has encouraged hundreds of minority master’s students to pursue doctorates

Madhukar Pai

2000s 

Disease fighter dedicated to eradicating tuberculosis in India and around the world

Robert A. Hiatt

1980s 

Distinguished investigator of the social and environmental factors that cause cancer

Kirk R. Smith

1970s 

Health advocate who investigates profound global impact of household air pollution and brings change on behalf of those most afflicted in developing countries

Nina B. Wallerstein

1980s 

Developer of community-based interventions to promote health equity and knowledge democracy

Lynn Barr

2010s 

Entrepreneur devoted to raising the standard of health care in rural America

Susan Foerster

1970s 

Advocator of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles worldwide

Bonnie Duran

1980s 1990s 

Health advocate who combines cultured-centered and evidence-based interventions to create innovative treatments for indigenous communities

Patricia B. Crawford

1970s 1990s 

Scholar and marshaler of resources to confront America’s childhood obesity epidemic

Claire Brindis

1980s 

Lifetime shaper of women and children’s health policy, mentor for next-gen leaders in health policy

Richard J. Jackson

1970s 

Leader who changed environments, including built environments, to protect health

Nap Hosang

1980s 

Tackler of global public health disparities from multiple vantage points

Lori Dorfman

1980s 1990s 

Mobilizer of advocates to leverage the media to promote healthy public policy

Anthony Iton

1990s 

Builder of partnerships to create healthy low-income communities in California

Kathy Kwan

1990s 

Philanthropist who advances job and education opportunities for the underprivileged in the Bay Area

Margaret Lapiz

1990s 

Executive, health innovator, and founder of organizations supporting California’s Latino/a and farm-working communities

Marion Nestle

1980s 

Renowned food policy expert who shapes the national conversation around food choice, nutrition, and chronic disease risk

Nancy Krieger

1980s 

Pioneering epidemiologist who uncovers the social determinants of health

Diana Petitti

1980s 

National policy changer for preventive medicine and women’s health

Judith H. Hibbard

1980s 

Promoter of consumer choices to improve quality of care

Sandra Witt

1990s 

Health equity advocate committed to advancing a California where everyone has the opportunities they need to be healthy

Laura Stachel

2000s 

Innovative obstetrician who reduces maternal and newborn mortality by illuminating delivery rooms around the world through distribution of Solar Suitcases

Marilyn Ann Winkleby

1980s 

Medical detective who looks for patterns of health and disease in populations from a socioeconomic perspective

Jane C. Garcia

1980s 

Trailblazer of culturally appropriate clinical care in the East Bay

Alex H. Kral

2000s 

Reducer of infectious disease and evaluator of innovative programs for people using drugs

Deborah Dean

1980s 

Global scientist who combats ocular and sexually transmitted infections with cutting-edge translational research and diagnostics

Margaret H. Jordan

1970s 

Upraiser of affordable, quality health care in Texas

Willi McFarland

1990s 

Architect of HIV/AIDS interventions and prevention policies in San Francisco

Julie M. Brown

1980s 

Catalyst for creating leadership capacity and organizations that flourish

Reimert T. Ravenholt

1950s 

Leader in family planning and first director of USAID who transformed it into the world’s foremost international population program

Meredith Minkler

1970s 

Pioneer of community-based participatory research who has worked with marginalized communities to help secure policies that promote health and social equity

Cheri A. Pies

1980s 1990s 

Transformer of intergenerational health who translates theory into practice

Carl N. Lester

1960s 

Top-level health administrator and champion for culturally relevant environmental justice and health career programs for at-risk youth

Lawrence W. Green

1960s 

Innovative designer of national health promotion programs for 5 decades and counting

Barbara Staggers

1980s 

Trailblazing pediatrician who has devoted her medical career to promoting teen health and encouraging diverse youth to pursue healthcare careers

Martha Ryan

1980s 

Health activist who tackled an unmet need to provide homeless mothers prenatal care in San Francisco

Moses R. Kamya

1990s 

Champion of social justice and fighter of infectious diseases in Uganda

Lawrence Wallack

1970s 1980s 

Innovator who blends research, communication, and community to promote social justice in public health

M. Adhyatma

1970s 

Dedicated Minister of Health who expanded health services for the people of Indonesia

Michael N. Bates

1980s 1990s 

Environmental health investigator dedicated to protecting our local and global environments, including workplaces, from toxic exposures

Linda Neuhauser

1970s 1980s 

Designer and evaluator of large-scale health interventions, locally and globally

Curtis Chan

2000s 

Practitioner of the public health approach to improving the social and institutional determinants of children’s health and well-being

Luiz Loures

1990s 

Longtime advocate of international AIDS policy

David S. Sobel

1970s 

Prolific health champion who promotes patient health through research, training, writing, and the media

Michael C. Lu

1990s 

Former director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Carol D’Onofrio

1960s 1970s 

Evaluator of health programs to reduce tobacco and alcohol use among rural youth

Lisa F. Berkman

1970s 

Internationally recognized social epidemiologist who confronts the challenges of an aging world

David R. Ragland

1980s 

Transformer of transportation who spearheads traffic planning and safety analysis on behalf of vulnerable populations

Marcos Espinal

1990s 

Builder of global partnerships to eradicate communicable diseases

Lynn Goldman

1970s 

Transformer of chemical safety policy to protect our nation’s children

Susan Desmond-Hellmann

1980s 

Powerful innovator of precision public health with a lifelong mission of improving the human condition

Linda Rudolph

1980s 

Combater of climate change and promoter of healthy, equitable, sustainable communities

Jerome Adams

2000s 

Surgeon General who is leading our national fight against the opioid crisis

Gan Quan

2000s 

Saver of lives who wields tobacco control policy in China and around the world to prevent NCDs

Rajiv Bhatia

1990s 

Health systems innovator who pioneered the use of open data to transform public policy

Shoshanna Sofaer

1970s 1980s 

National authority on patient-centered care and family engagement who evaluates health care programs

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