Szeming Sze Lecture in Global Health

January 24, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, FASTMH, FAAP
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine; Professor, Pediatric and Molecular & Virology and Microbiology; Head, Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine; Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX
LHAS Auditorium N734 MUH
University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine - Medicine - Division of General Internal Medicine
JoAnn Reed
Senior Administrative Coordinator


Sponsored by the family of the Dr. Szeming Sze. Dr. Sze, the former Director of the United Nations Health Service, helped build the World Health Organization (WHO) into a specialized United Nations Agency. Dr. Sze was born in China. He received his Chemistry and Medical Degree at Winchester College and Christ’s College Cambridge University and interned in Britain. His father was the Chinese Ambassador to Britain and later the Ambassador to the United States which helped Dr. Sze develop an early interest in international affairs. After World War II, Dr. Sze promoted establishing a single international health organization and wrote the declaration to set up an international conference to create WHO. He served as Chief of Specialized Agencies for the Economic and Social Council for the United Nations and later became a UN Medical Director in 1948, a position that he held for twenty years. Dr. Sze always had a global perspective in his work at the UN as he promoted the health and well-being of the entire international community.