Robert F. Breiman, MD


Executive Director, CHAMPS, and Director, EGHI Emory Global Health Institute

Dr. Robert F. Breiman is Director of the Emory Global Health Institute where he oversees the strategy of engaging a wide array of disciplines and interests from undergraduate and graduate departments at Emory with the goal of integrated, innovative and impactful contributions from the University towards addressing some of the planet’s most challenging problems affecting health in the 21st Century. EGHI has a highly interactive program with students and faculty with the aim of yielding leaders in global health science and programs. Dr. Breiman is the PrincipaI Investigator (PI) for the Rotavirus Immunization Program Evaluation in Kenya (RIPEK) project, a grant funded by Gavi; the Vaccine Alliance; and the Scientific Advisory Process for Optimal Research on Typhoid (SAPORT) burden of disease project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), overseeing two large multicenter typhoid fever disease burden projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He is also the PI for a large multi-center study to evaluate the pneumococcal genome over time to assess whether and how pneumococcal immunization programs have led to changes in pneumococci potentially resulting in changes in vaccine effectiveness and he is the Executive Director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network. The CHAMPS program is a global health surveillance network aimed at characterizing and preventing childhood mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Before joining Emory, Dr. Breiman was at the CDC for 26 years, most recently, based at CDC-Kenya from 2004-2013. Before moving to Kenya, Dr. Breiman was the Director of the Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division and Head of Programme on Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Sciences at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) from 2000-2004. He was previously the Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, reporting to the DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health from 1995-2000 and was the Chief of the Epidemiology Section of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1989-1995. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Infectious Diseases, a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the American Society of Epidemiology, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (for which he serves as Chair of the Pneumonia and TB scientific committee), and the American Society of Microbiology. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of the Immunizations and Vaccines Implementation Research Advisory Committee for WHO-Geneva. Dr. Breiman is author or co-author of  more than 300 peer-reviewed original scientific articles, perspectives, and chapters.