Dr. Lori M. Newman

Acting PEPFAR Coordinator/PEPFAR Strategic Information Advisor

Dr. Lori Newman is a medical doctor working in Cambodia since 2015 as Strategic Information Advisor for President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Acting PEPFAR Coordinator.  She supports the Cambodian HIV program to improve strategic information systems so Cambodia’s goals for elimination of new HIV infections are achieved.

Dr. Newman earned her undergraduate degree in Geography (Dartmouth College, 1990), followed by a Fulbright Scholarship to study care-seeking behaviour for pneumonia in the Philippines. She completed a medical degree (University of California San Francisco, 1995), was board-certified in Family Medicine (University of Washington, 1998), and served as public health advisor in rural Mozambique with the Finnish Development Agency. Dr. Newman moved to Atlanta, Georgia (2000), where she practiced at a community health center.  She joined the US Public Health Service in 2001, completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service program with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC, 2002), and continued as a medical epidemiologist specializing in gonorrhea until 2009.

From 2009 to 2015 Dr. Newman was seconded by USCDC to the World Health Organization (WHO) where she led global sexually transmitted infection (STI) surveillance and elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis.  She also provided technical expertise in STI prevention and control, including innovative approaches to diagnostics, treatment, vaccines, and programme implementation.

Dr. Newman has worked in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. She is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and reports, primarily on STI/HIV surveillance and epidemiology. She also has two sons, ages 15 and 17.

Abstract: Dr. Lori Newman is a medical doctor working in Cambodia since 2015 for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  She is currently assisting the Cambodian HIV program to attain their national goal for elimination of new HIV infections.  She will describe the journey that led her to become a public health advisor in Cambodia. She will also share some of the lessons she has learned while trying to balance having a family with having a career in medicine and public health.