DR. JACOB A. GAYLE is the Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, leading the philanthropic and community affairs programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011.
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology, focused on innovative solutions to fulfill its global Mission: to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. The company’s philanthropic efforts are centered on leveraging its people, products and programs to expand access to chronic disease care to underserved communities worldwide.
Dr. Gayle has a distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy that has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various other health and social development roles with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank and Carter Center.
Dr. Gayle has served on six continents and completed long-term residential assignments across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Europe.
A lifelong devotee to academia, Dr. Gayle completed his Ph.D. in International/ Community Health (Health Education) at The Ohio State University, where he also earned his M.A. in Community Health Education and M.Sc. in Preventive Medicine. At Oberlin College, he completed a B.A. in Psychobiology. Dr. Gayle received tenure as Associate Professor of Community Health at Kent State University before joining CDC in 1989, and has since served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His scholarship has been published in key professional journals and his leadership contributions within numerous professional conferences and deliberations. Currently, he serves Oberlin College as a member of its board of trustees, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health.
United States citizen by birth, Dr. Gayle celebrates his global citizenship overall, including his strong ties to the Caribbean.