A Public Health Giant Steps Down

Mathuram Santosham, a self-described “champion of failure,” repeatedly turned challenges into successes in an astounding public health career that can be credited with saving millions of  lives. The physician-researcher-trailblazer-teacher stepped down this spring after a quarter century as founding director of Center for American Indian Health at the the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Embedded in Apache and Navajo Indian communities, he led research in Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) and the effectiveness of a vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b.

“I always tell (students) that your biggest disappointments in life can turn into some of your greatest assets if you take the right attitude,” he said.
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine

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