Remembering Doug Morgan
It is with great sadness that we recognize the loss of our friend and esteemed colleague Mr. Douglas "Doug" Morgan, former Director of the Division of Service Systems at HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA-HAB) and a long-time leader in the nation's response to HIV/AIDS. Since last spring, Doug had served as Deputy Associate Administrator of HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau, applying his considerable knowledge and skill to a new array of important national public health programs. Mr. Morgan passed away this week.
My colleagues at the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and across the Department of Health and Human Services want to honor Doug's many contributions over a distinguished career -- much of which was dedicated to implementing, fine-tuning, and ensuring the integrity of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, helping to make it the global model it is today. During his tenure at HRSA-HAB, Doug led the Division of Service Systems, overseeing Federal activities under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's Part A (Hard Hit Urban Areas), Part B (State Formula Grants), and Part F (Minority AIDS Initiative).
Prior to joining HRSA-HAB, Doug served as New Jersey's state AIDS Director, and Assistant Commissioner of Health. In that role he was instrumental in laying a solid foundation for HIV prevention and care programs across the state. Because of his extensive experience managing programs to prevent the perinatal transmission of HIV, Doug was asked to serve on an Institute of Medicine panel in 1999. He also was a founding member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), and provided leadership to the growing organization as Chair from 1996-1997. "As Doug moved from Trenton, New Jersey, to Rockville, Maryland, he never forgot what it was like working within state government to develop comprehensive systems of prevention, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS," noted Ms. Julie Scofield, Executive Director of NASTAD. "He remained a true collaborator, working with colleagues across the country to solve problems and run better programs. He was highly respected and will be greatly missed."
We offer our sincere condolences to Doug's wife, Ms. Valerie Rochester, and their children, and to our colleagues at the HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Healthcare Systems Bureau as well as the many grantees and other partners who worked with Doug over his many years of service.
As my colleague Mr. Christopher Bates, Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) observed, "Doug leaves a lasting legacy to the HIV/AIDS field, evident in the Ryan White programs that provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year in communities across the country."
Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.