Name: Robert Bernstein
Organisation: Public Health EPIQ (Epidemiology for Performance Improvement & Quality)
Role: Senior Consultant in Public Health, Vaccine Advocacy & Preventive Medicine
Dr. Robert ("Bob") Bernstein, MD, PhD, MPH, FACPM, has had broad education, training, and over 28 years of experience in the United States and in more than 20 developing countries, developing, managing and implementing projects, and advising USAID Missions, UN agencies, NGOs and national counterparts on various aspects of biomedical science and on the policies and practice of public health, monitoring & evaluation, and logistics management. His MS and PhD at Penn State University were in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and this was followed by a 2-year post-doctoral NIH fellowship at The Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine. After obtaining his MD degree at the University of Connecticut, he completed a residency in Preventive Medicine by doing a Medical-Surgical Internship at the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Hospital in San Francisco followed by an MPH at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and two years of service in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) training program of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Bernstein is certified as a specialist in General Preventive Medicine. In addition to his work in biomedical research, epidemiology, and public health & logistics management, he currently holds appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and as Honorary Senior Fellow with the George Institute for International Health (an affiliate of the University of Sydney, Australia). He served as a Special Advisor to the Chair of the Dept. of International Public Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. While serving as a CDC Medical Epidemiologist from 1979 to 1996, Dr. Bernstein provided technical assistance and training at the request of numerous U.S. State Health Departments, and in developing countries in Asia and Africa, on behalf of international donor agencies (USAID, WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and ADB. Dr. Bernstein has provided technical assistance and training in a wide spectrum of public health & logistics management and preventive medicine problem-solving activities, including prevention, surveillance and control of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, non-communicable disease/injuries, and environmental and occupational risk assessment and hazard management. In addition to numerous short-term assignments in more than 20 countries in Asia and Africa, Dr. Bernstein has served more than 12 years of assignments of 8 months to 6 years duration for UNICEF, WHO and USAID in Indonesia. Dr. Bernstein joined the Office of Global Health in the Office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health (Minister of Health) in June 1996 to serve as the Technical Advisor for Prevention and Mitigation of HIV/AIDS, other STDs and Tuberculosis for the Africa Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1996-1998. While still working for CDC, he had previously served as the HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor for USAID’s Global Bureau from 1991-1993. After leaving the USPHS in February 2002, he worked in Indonesia through December 2004 for a USAID-funded Management Sciences for Health program as a Senior Technical Advisor for the MoH and numerous provincial and district/municipal health departments on monitoring, evaluating, and improving the performance of essential public health functions and services. In 2005, Dr. Bernstein served in Indonesia for two months as a WHO Technical Advisor for the Minister of Health’s Expert Staff on Public Health Preparedness and Response following the Tsunami Disaster. He also served for five months as a Senior Technical Advisor for the USAID-supported Management Sciences for Health program of Rational Pharmaceutical Management of Antiretroviral Medicines in Vietnam. Since August 2005, Dr. Bernstein has been employed by Singapore Health Services, Pte Ltd, as Expert Advisor and Director of a program of International Medical & Public Health Development Assistance. He is fluent in the languages of Indonesia and Malaysia, and has lectured in the Indonesian language at the University of Indonesia and at Gadjah Mada University. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications which include the results of his work as a Technical Advisor to USAID for field-testing and evaluating the computational model of the U.S. State Department Interagency Working Group on AIDS (iwgAIDS) and AIM (one of the Futures Group’s “SPECTRUM” suite of policy models) for estimating the epidemiology and demographic impact of HIV transmission and the cost-effectiveness of various preventive and pharmaceutical treatment strategies. “Dr. Bob” is an avid player of tennis and an interpreter for the Indonesian Badminton Team at the 1996 Olympic Games. He is married to Ms. Irina Aleksandrova, and has five children.