John Ward, MD is the Director of the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination at the Task Force for Global Health. Prior to the Coalition, Dr. Ward spent his career at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over a 13-year tenure as Director of the CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis, Dr. Ward was responsible for viral hepatitis surveillance, prevention, and research. At the national level, Dr. Ward led development of recommendations for hepatitis vaccination, testing and linkage to care and treatment. Globally, Dr. Ward serves as member of the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Committee for HIV and Viral Hepatitis and advises WHO regional offices and member countries development and evaluation of viral hepatitis prevention and elimination programs. From 1984-1998, Dr. Ward was a scientist in the CDC HIV/AIDS program conducting epidemiologic studies and directing national HIV/AIDS surveillance. From 1998-2005, Dr. Ward served as Editor of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and also as Editor of Silent Victories, a history of public health in the 20th Century published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ward has authored over 150 publications of scientific work in viral hepatitis and HIV. Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta.