Dr. Anthony So is a professor and director of the IDEA Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. He also leads the Strategic Policy Program of ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, a global network dedicated to meeting the challenge of antibiotic resistance, with regional nodes in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Previously, he was a professor of the practice of public policy and director of the Program on Global Health and Technology Access at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Dr. So also served as associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity Division where his grant-making programs ranged from helping to ensure more affordable access to AIDS medicines to enabling tobacco control efforts in Southeast Asia. Overseeing the Liaison Office for Quality as senior advisor to the administrator at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. So coordinated departmental input to the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and its Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. He served as Secretary Donna Shalala’s White House Fellow, when he launched the department’s first electronic public service announcement featuring the “Smoke-Free Kids and Soccer” campaign. In the past, he has served on a variety of national, nonprofit boards including Echoing Green, Clean Water Fund, Grantmakers in Health, the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and the Open Society Institute’s Information Program Sub-board.
Dr. So also has served in various advisory capacities from the Advisory Council of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Rare Diseases Research and Orphan Product Development. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Catalyst and the Advisory Board for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. He was also part of the Antibiotic Resistance Working Group of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and biomedical sciences and his M.D. at the University of Michigan. He earned his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. Dr. So completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, San Francisco/Stanford.