Donald A. Henderson, MD, MPH ’60
Dean Emeritus (1977-1990), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Distinguished Scholar, Center for Health Security, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
From 1966 to 1977, Dr. Henderson directed the World Health Organization’s global campaign to eradicate smallpox, which in 1980 became the first disease to be eradicated worldwide.
Dr. Henderson’s deanship was marked by growth in diverse fields of public health and extension of the School’s activities throughout the world. He attracted major private and government funding that more than quadrupled the budget by 1990 and increased enrollments by 40 percent. He appointed the University’s first female and first African American associate deans.
After leaving Hopkins, Dr. Henderson served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and in the Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Senior Science Adviser. A passionate advocate of biopreparedness, he became founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, DHHS appointed him to direct the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. His many recognitions include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Medal of Science, Japan Prize and Thailand’s Prince Mahidol Award.