PATH names new leader for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition program

September 25, 2014 by PATH

Dr. Cyril Engmann has extensive experience leading international maternal and newborn health initiatives

PATH has named Dr. Cyril Engmann to lead our Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition program.

Engmann is widely regarded as a global leader in the field. He was previously the senior program officer for Newborn Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He remains a practicing physician caring for critically ill babies at the North Carolina Children's Hospital, where he is also attending neonatologist and associate professor of Pediatrics and Maternal-Child Health at the schools of Medicine and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"I am delighted to welcome Cyril to this key role leading our work in maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition," said Kathy Cahill, PATH's interim vice president of Public Health Impact. "PATH is known for developing affordable, appropriate, and sustainable solutions to improve the health and save the lives of the most vulnerable mothers and their children. Cyril's extensive experience and deep knowledge of the field will help PATH accelerate our work for even greater impact."

Experienced leader of global initiatives

Engmann is credited with initiating a number of global efforts to improve the health of mothers, newborns, and children, including the Every Newborn Action Plan, the Global Preterm Research Consortium, and the Kangaroo Mother Care Acceleration Group.

He has devised, executed on, or overseen a number of complex, international studies and programs focused on maternal, child, newborn, and adolescent health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and the Gates Foundation.

Engmann is involved in many international systems improvement and implementation science programs and served on the board of directors of Kybele, a nongovernmental organization committed to improving maternal and child health through medical education partnerships.

He also directed the University of North Carolina-ChildFund Maternal Child Health program that provided technical backstopping to ChildFund's activities in more than 30 countries.

Widely published author

Engmann has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and white papers. He lectures widely and sits on a number of expert advisory boards and steering committees. In addition to teaching and supervising Master in Public Health and doctoral candidates, medical students, pediatric residents, and fellows, he has been an external examiner for Master in Public Health programs at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Malawi College, and he remains an ad hoc reviewer for numerous health journals.

Engmann has practiced medicine in Asia, Africa, and Europe and continues to be a board-certified active clinician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Research.

He graduated from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London and undertook his postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom and subsequently in the United States, where he completed his pediatrics residency and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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