William Foege http://www.kplu.org en Smallpox eradicator, Medal of Freedom winner - Bill Foege talks with KPLU http://www.kplu.org/post/smallpox-eradicator-medal-freedom-winner-bill-foege-talks-kplu <p>One of the northwest&rsquo;s best kept secrets is a person. He&rsquo;s Bill Foege, a physician and Northwest native, who recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Foege went to&nbsp;Nigeria&nbsp;and figured out how to eradicate smallpox &ndash; the only human disease ever wiped off the planet. He also ran the nation&rsquo;s top public health agency, the CDC. More recently, he helped shape the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom Paulson, of KPLU&#39;s Humanosphere blog, sat down with Bill Foege at his Vashon home to learn more about why people from&nbsp;Seattle&nbsp;are such a force globally. Click the listen button above to hear the interview.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/05/the-most-influential-person-in-global-health/"><strong>Read Tom Paulson&#39;s first-person take on Bill Foege&#39;s life and work on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:30:00 +0000 KPLU 4915 at http://www.kplu.org Smallpox eradicator, Medal of Freedom winner - Bill Foege talks with KPLU Seattle's William Foege wins Presidential Medal of Freedom http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-william-foege-wins-presidential-medal-freedom <p>President Obama has announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among the honorees is William Foege. The Vashon Island doctor developed a vaccination plan that wiped out small pox.</p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:49:06 +0000 Erin Hennessey 4869 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's William Foege wins Presidential Medal of Freedom