Advisory Committee // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Advisory Committee



James Curran
Jim Curran joined the Rollins School of Public Health as Dean and Professor of Epidemiology in 1995 following twenty-five years of leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and holds faculty appointments in the Emory School of Medicine and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

In 1981, Jim Curran was tapped to lead a CDC task force charged with determining what was behind the first cases of what we now know as AIDS.  A pioneer in HIV/AIDS prevention, Dr. Curran led the nation’s efforts in the battle against HIV/AIDS for 15 years before joining Emory as Dean.  While at the CDC, he attained the rank of the assistant surgeon general.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jim received his MD from the University of Michigan and a master of public health from Harvard University. Dr. Curran is a fellow of the American Epidemiologic Society, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  Author or co-author of more than 275 scholarly publications, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. He was given the Surgeon General's Medal of Excellence in 1996 and received the John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association in 2003.

Dr. Curran is immediate past chair of the board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine and also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.  In 2009, the RSPH Dean’s position was named the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health in his honor.

Dr. Curran is married and has two adult children, Katie and David.

David Gaus
Dr. David Gaus grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended University of Notre Dame, receiving a BA in Accounting in 1984. After a soul-searching conversation with then University President Theodore M. Hesburgh, David traveled to Quito, Ecuador where he spent two years volunteering at “The Working Boys Center.” In Ecuador, he witnessed the marginalization of a population of mostly women and children who, he would later learn, lacked access to even basic health services.

David’s life had changed forever. He returned to the U.S. where, with the assistance of Fr. Hesburgh and his friend, the famous columnist, Eppie Lederer, better known as “Ann Landers”, David re-enrolled at Notre Dame to complete his studies in pre-med and then enrolled in Tulane Medical School.

In 1992, David earned his M.D. and his Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University.  He then completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Family Practice Residency Training, St. Luke’s Hospital.

In 1996, David and Fr. Hesburgh started Andean Health & Development (AHD) to provide self-sustainable, comprehensive health care in poor, rural areas of Latin America. Their pilot project was to build a hospital in the rural community of Pedro Vicente Maldonado (PVM).  It opened in 2000, and in 2007, the hospital was 100% financially self-sustainable.

Dr. Gaus is the co-founder of Andean Health and Development and has served as its Executive Director from 1994 to the present. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin.

Gaus lives in Madison, WI with his wife, Elizabeth, and his three bilingual, bicultural children.

Marissa Scalia Sucosky
Marissa Scalia Sucosky received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2003. She is a Project Officer in the Program Development and Implementation Branch, Division of Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. Previously, she was an Epidemiologist in the CDC Asthma Program and in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, National Center for Environmental Health.

Steve Werner
Steve Werner works with international nonprofit organizations that primarily focus on WASH programs (safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education) in developing countries. Werner and his clients work mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in remote, under-served areas. Steve has worked in international development for 25 years with CARE International, Habitat for Humanity International, and Water For People. His career has rotated between senior positions in fundraising, program management and serving as executive director. He became aware of the need to reduce water-related health concerns when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea. He is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, Salzburg Fellow, Rotarian, and a past president of the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He is married and has three grown children and two grandchildren.