PATRICIA L HIBBERD, MD, PhD is director of the Center for Global Health Research at Tufts University and a Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassador for Global Health Research at Research!America.
After her post doctoral fellowship at the University of Leicester in England, Dr. Hibberd came to the United States in 1980 as a junior faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. She was inspired to pursue medical training and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1986. She quickly rose to the rank of Associate Professor in 1997 at Harvard Medical School.
In 1998, she moved to Children's Hospital Boston as the founding Director and Head of the Clinical Research Program. In 2001, she moved to Tufts University as the founding Director and Head of the Clinical Research Institute, where she developed a hospital wide program to lead and support clinical and translational research. In 2006, she was tapped by Tufts University School of Medicine to head up the Center for Global Health Research. The mission of the Global Center for Health Research is to develop and promote active partnerships with institutions in the US and overseas for research, teaching and service; provide support, mentoring and training of junior faculty in the US and overseas in research excellence; develop programs particularly relating to closing the gap in health disparities worldwide.
Throughout her career, Dr. Hibberd has focused on bringing her extensive research skills to a research agenda on the prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia and diarrhea - the number 1 and 2 killers of children aged 2-59 months worldwide. Dr. Hibberd has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, many of which are dedicated to global health. Throughout her post MD career, she has remained a practicing infectious diseases physician.