5 Notable Global Health Leaders

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

A health professional is noted as one who provides health care for the community through the means of knowledge and practicality. Furthermore global health plays a pivotal role in ensuring that a high standard of healthcare is provided to all communities in an equitable manner. Leadership within global health is paramount to ensure that these mandates are established and this article wishes to celebrate the revolutionary global health leaders, both in the past and present, which have done so!


Dr Daniel Hale Williams is notably known for performing the first successful heart surgery which repaired a wound. It was documented in 1893 as a successful pericardial sac surgery which led to a post 20 year survival for the patient. Moreover, Dr Daniel Hale Williams is celebrated for providing solutions for health education in a global context. In 1891 he founded the first racially integrated staff hospital (Provident Hospital) as he was concerned with the lack of equality within training professionals. Furthermore in 1895 he founded the first professional body, National Medical Association, which allowed African American members to be admitted. These establishments have played a remarkable role in global health education in America.


Dr J. Soka Moses is a Liberian medical doctor who faced the Ebola outbreak as a junior doctor at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia. He has described it as a ‘virtual biological bomb’ and ‘medical tsunami’ which led to the dismantling of health protocols and order.  During the outbreak he worked to establish and charge the biggest Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia where more than 600 patients were treated. To ensure that there was a strengthening within the public health and infectious disease epidemiological field; Dr J. Soka Moses went to enrol onto the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Presently he work with researchers from NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to conduct innovative epidemiologic research which actively contributes towards global health.