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Professor Kevin Fenton

Professor Kevin Fenton
Professor Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH, is the Public Health England National Director for Health and Wellbeing. In this role he oversees PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, national health marketing campaigns, public mental health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. The Health and Wellbeing Directorate also leads PHE's Health Equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health, and promoting settings-based approaches to health improvement.

Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he held for seven years from November 2005. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.

At CDC, Dr. Fenton led a number of critical efforts to address the U.S. HIV epidemic, including the release of revised HIV screening recommendations to make HIV testing a routine part of medical care for all Americans, and the implementation of a new surveillance system to provide more precise estimates of new HIV infections in the United States. Under Dr. Fenton’s leadership, CDC expanded its efforts to engage, mobilize, and partner with at-risk communities to address health disparities, and CDC launched Act Against AIDS, the first national HIV/AIDS public health communications campaign in 20 years. He championed the need for more integrated and comprehensive approaches to HIV, hepatitis, STD and TB prevention through the launch of major NCHHSTP initiatives including Program Collaboration and Service Integration, and Prevention through Healthcare. He strengthened and expanded the Center’s commitment to addressing Health Equity by focusing on the social and structural determinants of health.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom; and a visiting professor in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. He also serves as a member or on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, government committees, and peer-reviewed journals related to HIV and STD prevention and sexual health research. Dr. Fenton has received numerous awards, including a Telly Award for the Discovery Health CME program on “Comorbidities of HIV/AIDS”; the Leader to Leader Award; the Thurlow Tibbs Award; the Community Health Advocate Award; and the Gerald A. Ludd Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication and Commitment in HIV/AIDS Prevention, among others.

He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained his master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports. He is a speaker in great demand and speaks Spanish and French.