Vivien Davis Tsu
Vivien Tsu is Associate Director of PATH’s Reproductive Health Program and director of its Cervical Cancer Prevention project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also an Affiliate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Tsu holds an M.A. in African History from UC Berkeley, an M.P.H. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the UW. In her 30 years at PATH she has carried out a variety of studies evaluating new technologies and innovative approaches to public health problems related to the health of women and children. She spent a year in Zimbabwe as a Fulbright Fellow doing research on maternal health and obstetric complications. She has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Her work in women’s cancers has spanned more than 20 years, starting with studies to validate new screening methods for cervical cancer like visual inspection and practical strategies like screen-and-treat in settings where complex diagnostic services are not feasible. From 2006 to 2013 she headed a team at PATH that collected ground-breaking data on the feasibility of delivering HPV vaccine to young adolescent girls in low-income countries. She also serves on the GAVI subteam of advisors on HPV vaccine.