175 Makers of History: Eugene J. Gangarosa

Eugene J. Gangarosa
Global Health Faculty Member

Eugene Gangarosa

For Eugene J. Gangarosa, the toll of waterborne disease is personal. His mother lost four of her first five children to aquatic illnesses in her native Sicily. Now an international expert on unsafe water, Gangarosa has taught a graduate course on food and waterborne diseases at Emory every year since 1982.

After a career at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American University of Beirut, he joined the Emory faculty as a professor and director of the MPH program in the School of Medicine. He was instrumental in transforming the program into what is now the Rollins School of Public Health.

Along with his family, he founded the Gangarosa International Health Foundation, which focuses on clean water and safe sanitation practices in the developing world. He has received the CDC's highest award for distinguished scientific contributions and the University's highest faculty honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, for outstanding contributions to institutional development.