CAPT Joseph (Sean) Cavanaugh M.D. (USPHS) is a public health physician who joined MHRP as the Chief of International HIV Prevention and Treatment. Sean comes to MHRP from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), where he was Director of HIV Care and Treatment for the past two years and Senior Technical Advisor for Tuberculosis for the two years before that. Over the past six months, he has worked on the White House COVID-19 Task Force as part of the Data Strategy and Execution team. At MHRP, Sean will focus on PEPFAR programming across Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya and contribute to relevant research in these countries.
Sean received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and did his medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital/NYU, after which he stayed on faculty as an associate program director and clinician at the Manhattan VA Medical Center. He joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008, working primarily on TB/HIV and drug resistant TB with the Global TB Branch before joining OGAC in 2016.