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UW SPH News: Irvin Emanuel MD Endowed Fellowship

Irvin Emanuel MD Endowed Fellowship


A new endowed fellowship has been created in the Department of Epidemiology to honor Emeritus Professor Irv Emanuel. Established by former faculty member Dr. Michelle Williams and her husband Dr. Todd Curtis, the fund will support Epidemiology graduate students enrolled in the Maternal and Child Health Program.


Dr. Emanuel is a respected scientist and mentor and has been an inspiration for multitudes of alumni who studied maternal child health. Assuming the directorship of the program in 1983, Dr. Emanuel brought to his work a background in anthropology, pediatrics and preventive medicine. As a faculty member instrumental in the formation of SPH, he also served as the director of two interdisciplinary/inter-departmental programs at the UW, and has participated in research and teaching in rural Alaska, Taiwan, Hawaii, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and England. Dr. Emanuel has been an emeritus faculty member since 2000.

This new fellowship solidifies his legacy in SPH, offering future generations of students the opportunity to study this important and evolving field. When asked what inspired this gift, Dr. Williams replied, “Establishing the Irvin Emanuel, MD Endowed Fellowship presented us with an opportunity to both support worthy students at the UW and honor a giant in our field.”

If you would like to make a gift to this fund in honor of Dr. Emanuel, please contact Liz Van Hoy at 206-221-6395 or at