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Our alumni have been doing incredible things.

We talked to 12 of our alums to learn about where they are now, how the School prepared them to take on their current challenges, and revisit their time spent at the School. If you know of an alum who has an especially noteworthy story, please let us know at


Mirai Chatterjee, MHS '84

Mirai Chatterjee has been instrumental on focusing the attention of both Indian and global policymakers on the health of poor people, especially women. She has been at the forefont of improving the health and financial security of millions of women working in India.

Esta De Fossard-Nelson

Esta De Fossard-Nelson, MED, MA

For nearly half a century, Esta De Fossard-Nelson's groundbreaking use of radio and television programs to encourage behavior change has shaped the field of entertainment education. More importantly, her work has improved the health and lives of countless people around the world.


Hector Hugo Garcia, MD, PHD '02

As one of the major causes for the high prevalence of epilepsy in the developing world, cysticercosis presents a significant public health challenge. Fortunately, Hector Hugo Garcia is a leading researcher in the field and is able to help explain how to both treat and prevent cysticercosis for future generations. 

Frank Hurley

Frank L. Hurley, PhD '71

For more than 40 years, Frank L. Hurley has assisted pharmaceutical companies with their regulatory, research and product development strategies. His expertise in the field of biostatistics has enabled him to make a significant impact by bringing important new diagnostic and therapeutic tools to the medical profession

Heon-Jae Jeong

Heon-Jae Jeong, MD, DrPH '12, MPH '08, MBA '08

A devoted son, a champion for patient-safety, a classically trained pianist, a co-author of a best seller in his home country of South Korea and a former Sommer Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Heon-Jae Jeong, can also add recipient of the JHU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, to his list of personal and professional accomplishments.

Karungari Kiragu-Gikonyo

Karungari Kiragu-Gikonyo, PhD '91

A native of Kenya, Karungari Kiragu-Gikonyo has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of women and children in Africa. With a keen eye for collaborations, she has helped to build lasting relationships among governments, NGOs and international non-profits to benefit underserved populations. 

Robert S. Lawrence

Robert S. Lawrence, MD

In his long and varied career, Robert S. Lawrence has guided schools of medicine and public health in illuminating a remarkably wide swath of health challenges from Chile to Chapel Hill to Cambridge, Massachusetts. It all started with his dream of serving in a medical mission to Africa. 

Huan-Ying Li

Huan-Ying Li, MPH '52

Huan-Ying Li remembers that before graduating from medical school in 1945, she had received no instruction in preventive medicine or public health - just the extreme poverty she saw around her with her own eyes. Li's native China was being torn apart by World War II, and, despite her interest in studying bacteriology and physiology, laboratory facilities were very limited. 

Remington Nevin

Remington L. Nevin, MD, MPH '04

Remington L. Nevin was surprised to learn that thousands of new Army recruits annually were being universally immunized when joining the Army, despite having received these vaccines during childhood. Using epidemiological study design, biostatistics, and some economic analysis and simulation, he developed a business plan that would save the Army $40 million over six years.

Olugbenga Obasanjo

Olugbenga Obasanjo, PhD '99, MPH '96

Ever since doing his rotations in medical school, Olugbenga Obasanjo knew he would devote his life and career to public health. Since the mid-1990s, Gbenga has been involved in many facets of public health service and has held a variety of leadership positions in the private sector, including construction, oil trading, hauling, and insurance.

Aviva Ron

Aviva Ron, ScM '68, ScD '70

Over decades of work in social development, it became increasingly clear to Aviva Ron that success in achieving progress is not only about research and scientific rigour. Building credibility and transferring first-hand knowledge in the field rather than in academic settings can be equally important.

Debraj Mukherjee

Debraj “Raj” Mukherjee, MD, MPH ’08

Few neurosurgeons come to the Bloomberg School, but the ones who do are absolutely amazing. ConsiderRaj Mukherjee, who works to improve treatment outcomes and expand access to neuro-oncological care for children and adults with brain tumors.