Anthony So


Anthony D. So, MD, MPA is Director of the Strategic Policy Program of ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance and leads the Transformative Technologies and Institutions arm of the Global Health Signature Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. ReAct is a global network dedicated to meeting the challenge of antibiotic resistance, with regional nodes in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. He has studied a range of issues across globalization and health, from tobacco control in low- and middle- income countries to innovation and access to health technologies and food systems.Previously, Dr. So served as Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and served as Director of the Duke Program on Global Health and Technology Access, during which he served on the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission on Antibiotic Resistance, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Rare Diseases Research and Orphan Product Development, and the National Academy of Science’s Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market; chaired a WHO expert working group on fostering innovation to combat antimicrobial resistance; and was part of the Antibiotic Resistance Working Group of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology. Before this, he served as an associate director for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity Program, where his strategic approach to grant-making improved access to HIV/AIDS medicines in low- and middle-income countries and where he also worked to establish regional tobacco control in Southeast Asia. His grant-making helped to seed the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, the WHO-Health Action International Medicine Prices Project, the People’s Health Movement and the first World Report on Violence and Health. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. So directed the activities of the Liaison Office for Quality (1997-98) as senior advisor to the administrator at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). From 1995-96, he had served as Secretary Donna Shalala’s White House Fellow.He received his BA in philosophy and biomedical sciences and his MD. He earned his MPA from Princeton University as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. Dr. So completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, San Francisco/ Stanford. More recently, his work has been supported under a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.