Dean G. Sienko became vice president for health programs at The Carter Center in June 2016.
Previously, Sienko was associate dean for prevention and public health at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he also was acting director of the Institute for Health Policy and senior adviser to the provost.
Sienko earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and holds master’s degrees in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan and in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine, and his research has been published in numerous journals. He was recognized in 2012 by Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, received the Capital Area Health Alliance’s Community Service Award in 2008, and was named Distinguished Health Practitioner of 2008 by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He was a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow from 1993 through 1996.
Sienko retired as a major general after a 33-year career with the U.S. Army and for two years was commanding general of the U.S. Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He has been an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical director/medical examiner with the Ingham County (Michigan) Health Department, and interim chief medical executive for the state of Michigan.
At The Carter Center, Sienko provides leadership for programs working to prevent or eliminate six tropical diseases in 18 nations, as well as efforts to improve mental health care in the United States and abroad. He succeeds Dr. Donald Hopkins, who joined The Carter Center in 1987 and remains as special adviser for Guinea worm eradication.