November 16, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: Trent Stockton
Randall M. Packard, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert in the study of international health and non-Western medicine, will be the new William H. Welch Professor and Director of the Department of History of Science, Medicine and Technology at Johns Hopkins, as of January 1, 2002.
Packard is a pioneer in the study of how social factors like history and political economy affect the appearance and spread of epidemic diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
"Dr. Packard has had a major impact on the academic study of the history of medicine, and the search committee was highly impressed by his proven ability to lead, inspire and achieve," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in announcing the appointment.
Packard began his academic career at Tufts University in 1977 as an assistant professor of history, then rose through the ranks to become associate professor in 1983 and professor in 1990. From 1989 to 1991 he was chair of the Department of History at Tufts. In 1992, he moved to Emory University as the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African History, and since 1993 served as director of the Center for the Study of Health, Culture and Society. He chaired the Department of History at Emory from 1995 to 1998.
He is the author of two books and the co-editor of four others. He is also the author of more than 25 scientific articles.
He was a U.S. Peace Corps public health worker in Uganda, a research fellow in the Department of History at the University College of Swaziland, and a research associate in Zaire at the Institute for Scientific Research in Central Africa. From 1987 to 1991, he was chairman of the Joint Committee of African Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Packard and his wife, Carolyn, have a daughter, Kendra, and a son, Matthew.
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