Program Director, Health Systems for TB
Ersin Topcuoglu, MD, MPH, Program Director for the MSH-led USAID Health Systems for TB program, has more than 30 years of public health experience in designing, leading, and managing complex international health programs. Dr. Topcuoglu has built technical capacity at the governmental and local levels; implemented results-based management systems; and developed national strategic and annual plans, budgets, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Developing and managing health projects in more than 20 countries throughout Africa, central and southeast Asia, and the Middle East, his focus has been on strengthening the managerial and technical capacity of managers and leaders to produce and demonstrate results. Arriving at MSH in 1997 as country representative in Turkey, he served as the Deputy Director of Challenge TB, a five-year, USAID-funded $525 million flagship project implemented in 23 countries. Dr. Topcuoglu’s technical areas of expertise include project and program design and management, monitoring and evaluation, performance management and improvement, commodity management, logistics management information systems, and designing and conducting training courses. He earned his medical degree at Cumhuriyet University and a master of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is fluent in Turkish and English.