George Rutherford, MD

Acting Executive Director, Global Health Sciences

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George W. Rutherford, MD, is the Acting Executive Director of the Institute for Global Health Sciences. He is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, and History and Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he is board certified in pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health. His expertise is in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases of public health significance with a focus on HIV, Ebola virus and Zika virus infection in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Rutherford serves as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. He co-chairs the UCSF Chancellor’s Global Disaster Assistance Committee, which was set up early in the 2014 West African Ebolavirus epidemic. He has been involved in the public health response to SARS-CoV-2 since the earliest days of the pandemic, at the campus, city, state, and national levels.