Doctor Myat Htoo Razak, MBBS, MPH, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in clinical services, epidemiology, HIV/AIDS research and intervention, global health capacity building and health systems strengthening.
Dr. Razak is the Program Director of the Fogarty International Clinical Research Training for Scholars and Fellows Program, and the Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program of the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both programs focus on research capacity building and strengthening global health research networks for health professionals from the U.S. and developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition, Dr. Razak is the FIC Program Team Leader of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a joint-program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and NIH that aims to provide support to improve quantity, quality and retention of health professionals in Africa.
From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Razak was a Resident Adviser of the Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development of the Coordinating Office of Global Health of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he led the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Management Training Program (FELTP), a capacity building program for health professionals from Kenya, Ghana, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda on disease outbreak investigation, response and intervention as well as surveillance systems.
As a Medical Officer of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Razak managed a diverse grants portfolio and provided technical leadership in the implementation of HIV intervention, research and capacity-building projects in Thailand. He also worked in Geneva with WHO on health systems strengthening and contributed to the development of the World Health Report 2008 that focused on Primary Health Care.
As a Senior Regional Technical Officer of Family Health International from 2003 to 2006, Dr. Razak conceptualized, initiated and managed drug-related HIV research and intervention programs in Asia, including Vietnam, China and Thailand. From 1998 to 2002, as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Razak was Project Director of a NIH-funded research project on epidemiology of HIV among drug users in northern Thailand. He also was a co-investigator of NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) research programs, and a member of Scientific Working Group on Substance Use, and Network Evaluation Committee of HPTN.
As an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer of the U.S. CDC from 1995 to 1997, Dr. Razak was lead investigator in several disease outbreak investigations and participated in strengthening disease surveillance systems.
Dr. Razak received his medical degree and clinical license in Burma; and a M.P.H. in Health Services Organization, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Razak is a member of the Civilian Response Corps, Standby Program, of the Reconstruction and Stabilization Unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a member of Health Systems Strengthening Steering Committee of PEPFAR. He has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, reports and guidelines on HIV/AIDS and capacity building.