Isabella Danel was sworn in Friday as deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Danel, a U.S. citizen, previously served as an official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has experience in areas including disaster preparedness and relief, external relations and partnerships, strategic planning and budgeting.
She will serve as the representative for PAHO/WHO to the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said during the swearing-in ceremony that Danel's record shows she holds the same values and goals as the organization.
"I am thrilled to be part of this influential organization," Danel said. "I will bring all of my experience and expertise, and hopefully wisdom, to ensure that PAHO continues to provide leadership in health regionally and globally."
Danel spent 20 years at the U.S. CDC, where she specialized in maternal mortality and international public health.
Prior to joining the CDC, Danel served as a clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She also served as a technical adviser at the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua and as an attending physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
PAHO was founded in 1902 and is the oldest international public health organization in the world. The organization's goal is to help improve the quality of life and health of citizens in the Americas.