Dr. Chris Elias

Dr. Elias is president and chief executive officer of PATH, leading our work in more than 70 countries to foster innovative programs and collaborative partnerships focused on health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.

Dr. Elias represents PATH both as a spokesperson and as an advocate for unique and effective responses to global health challenges. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Global Health Council, InterAction, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, Landesa, and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. He also co-chairs the steering committee for the newly formed Decade of Vaccines Collaboration, which strives to extend the full benefits of immunization to all people, regardless of where they live. Dr. Elias was honored as the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the United States in 2005. Under his leadership, PATH was awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2009.

Before joining PATH, Dr. Elias served as the Population Council’s country representative in Thailand, managing reproductive health programs throughout Southeast Asia. Early in his career, Dr. Elias spent two years in Thailand working with refugee assistance programs.

Dr. Elias received his MD from Creighton University, completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and received an MPH from the University of Washington, where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He now serves as a clinical professor in the UW School of Public Health. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Creighton.