Anselm Hennis

Barbados |  Director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, Pan American Health Organization


Dr. Anselm Hennis is director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health for the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization. This department coordinates activities on non-communicable diseases and related risk factors, nutrition, violence and injuries, road safety, disabilities, mental health, and illicit substance use throughout the Americas.

Hennis obtained his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, and qualified in Internal Medicine (MRCP; FRCP) in London. He was a Wellcome Trust Clinical Epidemiology Fellow to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, graduating with MSc and PhD degrees in Epidemiology.

Hennis has been professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of the West Indies and research associate professor in preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, New York. He led the establishment of a national NCD surveillance system and the population-based cancer registry in Barbados. Hennis has spent his career working to tackle NCDs through public health practice, clinical care, teaching, research, publication, and multisectoral collaboration. 

Hennis was an event speaker at the Dialogue.