Former Director, Mental Health Program
The Carter Center
Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann became the Director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 2002, retiring in 2017. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Adviser for Mental Health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization, where he worked on the development of the World Health Report, which focused on mental health. Dr. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health, working in various aspects, including: clinical practice, research, research management, policy development, and administration at the national level. In 1994, Dr. Bornemann was appointed the Deputy Director of the federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, where he provided leadership in the development of the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health. A career Public Health Service Officer, Dr. Bornemann retired at the rank of Rear Admiral/Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (RET). He received his doctorate in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Currently, he holds an appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management with the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.