Carissa F. Etienne

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Carissa F. Etienne, is a public health expert from the Caribbean. She currently serves as the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).[1] She is recognized as an advocate for universal health coverage.[2]

Etienne is a native of Dominica, and she graduated with a degree on Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). She holds a masters degree in community health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She started her career as a medical officer in the Princess Margaret Hospital. She was Director of Primary Health Care Services, Disaster Coordinator, National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, Coordinator of the National AIDS Program, Chair of the National AIDS Committee, and had two separate terms as Chief Medical Officer.[3]

Before her election as PAHO Director, she was the Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization.[4] Before that, she was the Assistant Director of PAHO.[5] She also serves as honorary Vice-President of the American Public Health Association.[6]


  1. ^ "OAS Congratulates New PAHO Director". Organization of American States. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Universal health coverage is a development issue". The Lancet. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Carissa F. Etienne: Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization". The Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  4. ^ "WHO Assistant Directors webpage". WHO. Retrieved 11/06/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Carissa Etienne: taking the reins at PAHO". The Lancet. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Carissa Etienne, MBBS, MSc". APHA. Retrieved 11/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)