Haile Debas

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Haile Debas, recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine, is currently Director of the University of California Global Health Institute, and lead editor of the DCP3 Essential Surgery volume. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he previously served as the Founding Executive Director of Global Health Sciences (2003-2010), Chairman of the Department of Surgery (1987-1993), Dean (Medicine) (1993-2003), Vice Chancellor for six years, and Chancellor for one year. A gastrointestinal surgeon by training, Dr. Debas is also the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus at UCSF.

Dr. Debas is the founding chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. He served as the President of the American Association of Surgery and Chair of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine; served two terms as a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences; and served four years on the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University. In 2012, he was awarded the UCSF Medal, the highest honor the University awards.