Pedro Suarez, MD
Global Technical Lead, Tuberculosis
Pedro Suarez, MD, Global Technical Lead, Tuberculosis, has 28 years of experience developing, managing, implementing, and advising public health programs focused on TB, leprosy, and HIV & AIDS control. He has worked in 22 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. From 1984 to 1990, Dr. Suarez worked as a medical doctor’s assistant and program coordinator for the San Martin de Porres District TB Program under the Peruvian Ministry of Health. From 1990 to 2001 he served as the Executive Director of Peru’s National Communicable Disease and Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programs. He has nearly a decade of experience working as a consultant for national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV), US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Canadian Lung Association, and MSH. For fourteen years, Dr. Suarez served as a public health professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Faculty of Medicine in Lima, Peru. He has also served as MSH’s Senior Program Associate for TB and TB/HIV and Project Director for the Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB CAP). Dr. Suarez is currently MSH’s Global Technical Lead for TB and the Project Director Supervisor for MSH’s Challenge TB, Help Ethiopia Address the Low TB Performance (HEAL TB), and Uganda's TRACK Tuberculosis Activity (TRACK TB) projects. He has published numerous books and articles related to TB control and has been invited to lecture at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Suarez’s technical areas of expertise include the following: adult and pediatric DOTS program implementation; knowledge management and leadership; strategic planning and advocacy for TB control; DOTS policy and strategy; TB and TB/HIV clinical diagnosis and treatment; TB program assessment; norms, guidelines, and service protocols; multidrug resistant TB program planning and implementation; TB surveillance; operational research; TB drug management; quality assurance and performance improvement; supervision, monitoring, and evaluation for TB control; human capacity development; TB/HIV program coordination; information, education and communication and behavior change communication for TB control; proposal development for national TB programs and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; and special issues related to TB control including urban settings, indigent populations, marginalized populations, and TB and poverty.