Prominent Australian epidemiologist Doctor Peter Salama dies

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A prominent Australian doctor who led the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has died suddenly.

Doctor Peter Salama was a medical epidemiologist who led research and published extensively on vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV and war related mortality and violence.

WHO “extends its most profound sympathies and condolences to Dr Salama’s family, friends and colleagues. He was 51 and leaves behind his wife and three children,” the organisation said in a statement.

“Pete embodied everything that is best about WHO and the United Nations – professionalism, commitment and compassion,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Our hearts are broken.”

In a separate tweet, Dr Tedros also said he is “Deeply saddened and heartbroken over the sudden passing of my colleague and friend”

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with Pete’s family, friends and colleagues.”

“Words cannot express our sorrow for the passing of our colleague and friend Dr Peter Salama,” WHO representative Dr Ahmed Zouiten shared.

“I’m personally devastated as with his passing I lost not only a friend, but also someone who supported me greatly. We grieve together with Dr Salama’s family during this difficult times.”

WHO worker Catherine Kane remembered her co-worker as “passionate & compassionate; intelligent & wise; a leader who listened. It was a privilege, Pete .”

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One thought on “Prominent Australian epidemiologist Doctor Peter Salama dies

  1. Aw, bummer. A spoke in the wheel of abominations has been removed but I am sure another monster was waiting with bated breath to jump in the seat.

    I really do hope you get the opportunity to meet all those whose lives you “touched” again before you drop into hot eternity!

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