Robert David Newman
Robert D. Newman is a senior associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a pediatrician with more than 25 years of experience in global health and development as a leader, policymaker, epidemiologist, program implementer, researcher, and clinician. He has particular interests in malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, immunizations, noncommunicable diseases, health systems, maternal-child health, health security, and one health. He has worked extensively in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Most recently, Dr. Newman was vice president and global head for Tuberculosis (TB) at Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, where he led efforts to achieve of a world free of the burden of TB. From 2015-2017, he served as the country director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cambodia, overseeing activities related to HIV and AIDS, TB, health security, outbreak response, health systems strengthening and capacity building. From 2009-2014, Dr. Newman served as director of the Global Malaria Program at the World Health Organization, where he launched major global initiatives to increase malaria diagnostic testing, combat antimalarial drug resistance, and prevent the spread of insecticide resistance. He subsequently served as managing director for Policy and Performance at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where he oversaw organizational strategy setting, performance metrics, market shaping, policy development, business planning, monitoring and evaluation, and risk management. He previously spent nine years in the Malaria Branch at CDC, including serving as the CDC team lead for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative from 2006 to 2009.
Dr. Newman holds a B.A. in English literature from Williams College, an M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington-Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he then stayed on to complete a National Research Service Award fellowship in general pediatrics.