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Mark Dybul

Mark R. Dybul is currently on leave from Georgetown University while he is the Executive Director of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. At the O’Neill Institute, he was co-director of the Global Health Law Program and a Distinguished Scholar. He was also the Global Health Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute. In addition, he was Senior Counselor for the Global Business Coalition on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dr. Dybul served as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator from 2006 until the beginning of the Obama Administration. In that role, he led the implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest international health initiative in history for a single disease. He oversaw U.S. government engagement in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He also served as chair of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS' coordinating board and as a member of the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Prior to assuming the post of Ambassador, Dr. Dybul was Acting, Deputy and Assistant Coordinator, and was a member of the Planning Task Force that created PEPFAR. In the various roles, he was the principal architect of the initial plan and implementation of PEPFAR. He also led President Bush's International Prevention of Mother and Child HIV initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was the Executive Secretary for HHS guideline for adult and adolescent HIV therapy and was a member of the writing committee for the World Health Organization's guidelines on the use of antiretroviral therapy. At HHS, Dr. Dybul served as the assistant director for medical affairs at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institutes of Health and was the principal investigator of basic and clinical research with as particular emphasis on HIV treatment in Africa.

Dr. Dybul is well published in scientific and policy literature. He has received several honorary degrees and significant awards. He currently serves on numerous national and international Boards.

Dr. Dybul received his A.B. in philosophy and M.D. from Georgetown University before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 1992 and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1995.

Selected Publications


Jones, Alexandra, Ide Cremin, Fareed Abdullah, John Idoko, Peter Cherutich, Nduku Kilonzo, Helen Rees, Kevin O'Reilly, Bernhard Schwartlander, Barbara de Zalduondo, Susan C Kim, Jonathan Jay, Jacqueline Huh, Peter Piot, and Mark Dybul. "Transformation of HIV from pandemic to low-endemic levels: a public health approach to combination prevention." The Lancet doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62230-8 (2014).


Dybul, Mark, Peter Piot, and Julio Frenk. "Reshaping Global Health." Policy Review 173 (2012).


Reynolds, Steven J., Cissy Kityo, Claire W. Hallhan, Geoffrey Kabuye, Diane Atwiine, Frank Mbamanya, Francis Ssali, Robin Dewar, Marybeth Daucher, Richard T. Davey Jr., Anthony S. Fauci, Peter Mugyenyi, Thomas C. Quinn, and Mark R. Dybul. "A randomized, controlled, trial of short cycle intermittent compared to continuous antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection in Uganda." PLoS ONE 5, no. 4 (2010): 1-8.

Kim, Susan C., Stephen Becker, Carl Dieffenbach, Blair S. Hanewall, Catherine Hankins, Ying-Ru Lo, John W. Mellors, Kevin O’Reilly, Lynn Paxton, Jason S. Roffenbender, Peter Piot, Mitchell Warren, and Mark R. Dybul. "Planning for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission: challenges and opportunities." Journal of the International AIDS Society 13 (2010): 24.


Piot, Peter, Michel Kazatchkine, Mark R. Dybul, and Julian Lob-Levyt. "AIDS: lessons learnt and myths dispelled." The Lancet 374 (2009): 260-263.

Dybul, Mark R. "How to Save Lives by Breaking All the Rules." Foreign Policy, September 22, 2009.

Dybul, Mark R. "Lessons learned from PEPFAR." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 52 (2009): S12-S13.

Atum, Rifat, Mark R. Dybul, Tim Evans, Jim Yong Kim, Jean-Paul Moatti, Sania Nishtar, and Asia Russell. "Venice statement on global health initiatives and health systems." The Lancet 374 (2009): 783-784.