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Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Professor of Public Health, Yale University

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla is a tenured Professor at the Yale School of Public Health where he is also Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, the Global Health Concentration and the Center for Methods in Implementation and Population Science (CMIPS) Maternal Child Health Promotion program. His work has led to improvements in maternal, infant and young child feeding, and early childhood development programs globally. He has published 270 peer reviewed articles and lectured extensively across world regions. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and has served as senior scientific advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He currently serves in the steering committee of a new Lancet Breastfeeding Series and in two infant and young child feeding expert committees from the World Health Organization. He obtained his MS in food science, doctorate in nutrition and postdoc in early childhood development at the University of California, Davis.


  • 2009–2021
    Professor, Yale School of Public Health


USA National Academy of Medicine (elected in 2019)