Jong-Wook Lee: Health Watchdog

Health Watchdog

He never had a grand sense of mission to "save the world," as he puts it. Instead, he was motivated by a fascination with population-size health problems--infectious diseases that claim not handfuls of victims but tens of thousands if left untreated. What lured this Korean-born physician from working with leprosy patients in Hawaii to heading up the immunization program at the World Health Organization (WHO) and led to his being appointed the agency's top executive last year was the notion that as devastating as these diseases could be, they could also be stopped. "What I learned from my career in public...

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