William Pewen, Ph.D., M.P.H.
218 Prichard Hall (Main Campus)
Dr. Pewen joined Marshall in 2013 and serves as Program Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health. With experience in both chronic and infectious disease research, he has worked to establish a public health research lab and expanded interdisciplinary studies. His training and experience spans clinical care and research in both chronic and infectious disease. Pewen received his B.S. in Health Education from Southern Oregon University and both his M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has included cardiology research at UC San Diego and in the Veterans Administration, where he also worked in early efforts to create an electronic health record. Pewen has made contributions in HIV vaccine development and immunology research in non-human primates, and conducted study on the use of antiretroviral drugs in HIV/AIDS.
In 2003, Dr. Pewen was named a Congressional Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology. He subsequently served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) until 2010. His congressional legislative and oversight work included a broad spectrum of health policy including Medicare and Medicaid issues, health information technology, genetic discrimination, biosecurity, and pharmaceutical policy, and culminated in work in the creation of health reform legislation which formed the basis of the enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). His health policy writing has been featured in the New York Times, Health Affairs and the Atlantic.
Dr. Pewen holds joint appointments in Public Health and Family Medicine and serves as Associate Dean of Research for COHP. His interests include study of the comparative value of health care alternatives, drug safety and access, HIV vaccines and therapeutics, health IT security, patient consent, and health policy issues. He is currently engaged in studying diabetes risk in college students, and is working to develop longitudinal population studies of chronic disease in our region.