Dr. Garry Aslanyan joined the Special Programmed on Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2009 and is responsible for development of policy frameworks to support the program's new vision and strategy, including TDR's collaborations with six Regional Offices of WHO and coordination of ESSENCE, an initiative of research funders.
Prior to this position, Dr. Aslanyan spent two-years at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as Principal Advisor of the International Public Health Division in order to develop PHAC's international policy framework with the focus on its multilateral relations with the key organizations such as WHO and PAHO. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Aslanyan worked as the Senior Health Advisor and later Team Leader of the Health Systems, Research and Analysis group at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he was responsible for development of CIDA's policies in the health sector programming, including immunization, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control, health research and other international development issues.
Prior to joining CIDA, Dr. Aslanyan taught and conducted research at the University of Toronto and George Brown College and worked on international assignments for the World Bank and the WHO's Regional Office for Europe. Dr. Aslanyan is an Adjunct Professor in international health at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. From 2004 to 2007 Dr. Aslanyan was the President of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). Dr. Aslanyan is a full Fellow of and currently the Examiner for the specialty of Dental Public Health with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.