Gregory Pappas MD Ph.D.
Associate Director for National Surveillance, FDA
About Gregory Pappas MD Ph.D.

Dr. Pappas MD Ph.D. has a leadership role in the establishment of the Biologicals Evaluation and Safety System (BEST) through innovative partnerships, a real-world evidence approach to the generation of evidence, including the including of national specialty society registries. He is on the Sentinel Executive Committee, the CDER RWE Workgroup for Registries, and the Executive Board of MDEpiNet. Dr. Pappas had also played a leadership role in the establishment of NEST (National Evaluation System for health Technology), for CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health) working with a broad set of stakeholders including other government agencies (ONC, CMS, NIH, AHRQ), industry, researchers, patient groups, clinical specialty societies, and their registries.

Before coming to FDA Dr. Pappas directed the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration for the District of Columbia, Department of Health. He has worked in over 30 countries with WHO, USAID, and CDC. He served as Professor and Chairman, Department of Community Health Sciences Aga Khan University. He was the author of the PEPFAR Five Year Plan. He served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health/Surgeon General, David Satcher. He directed the Office of International and Refugee Health, HHS, serving on the Executive Board of UNICEF and PAHO, and as a delegate to the World Health Assembly. Dr. Pappas received his MD and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. He came to Washington DC, for a fellowship in Epidemiology, then as a scientist at NCHS/CDC. He is the author of numerous articles, including his work in the NEJM “The increasing disparity in mortality between socioeconomic groups in the United States “and his book with Cornell University Press, “The Magic City: unemployment in a working class community.” He has served on the faculty of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the GW School of Public Health, and Howard Medical School. Dr. Pappas was a member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. His Megacities and Global Health (APHA Press 2012) with Omar Khan. Dr. Pappas has work in over 30 countries.

Greg has a love for ancient Greek and Roman history and philosophy. At one time he sang with the chorus of the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the highlights of his life. His favorite place in the world is Patmos, Greece. Greg feels most fortunate to have a large family with whom he is very close. Greg’s Victorian bulldog is named Chanel.

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