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Paul Edward Farmer, MD, Ph.D.
Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Global Health Equity
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115


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Research Narrative:

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul E. Farmer is Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Farmer is also the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Additionally, Farmer serves as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Farmer and his colleagues in the United States, Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Harvard University President Drew Faust said of him: “Paul Farmer is best known to the public as a pioneering humanitarian. But among scholars he is equally well-known for his research and writing, which have crossed boundaries between the social sciences and biomedical research and married theory and practice to forge a new approach to global health. He is also an outstanding educator with a remarkable capacity to inspire students to focus their minds and their energies on serving the common good.”

Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez; Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction; and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Other titles include Haiti After the Earthquake; Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader; Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor; The Uses of Haiti; Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues; and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame. Tracy Kidder's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, chronicles the development of Dr. Farmer's work in Haiti and beyond.

Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Education:
Harvard Medical School, 1990, MD
Harvard University, 1990, Ph.D.

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Meara JG, Leather AJM, Farmer PE. Making all deaths after surgery count. Lancet. 2019 06 29; 393(10191):2587.

2. Mukherjee JS, Mugunga JC, Shah A, Leta A, Birru E, Oswald C, Jerome G, Almazor CP, Satti H, Yates R, Atun R, Rhatigan J, Gottlieb G, Farmer PE. A practical approach to universal health coverage. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Apr; 7(4):e410-e411.

3. Efevbera Y, Bhabha J, Farmer P, Fink G. Girl child marriage, socioeconomic status, and undernutrition: evidence from 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Med. 2019 03 08; 17(1):55.

4. Raykar N, Meara J, Gawande A, Farmer P, Roy N. Moving forward the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery: The Karad Consensus Statement. Healthc (Amst). 2019 Jun; 7(2):3.

5. Stonington SD, Holmes SM, Hansen H, Greene JA, Wailoo KA, Malina D, Morrissey S, Farmer PE, Marmot MG. Case Studies in Social Medicine - Attending to Structural Forces in Clinical Practice. N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 15; 379(20):1958-1961.

6. Farmer PE. Better and safer treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Lancet. 2018 09 08; 392(10150):798-800.

7. Cancedda C, Cotton P, Shema J, Rulisa S, Riviello R, Adams LV, Farmer PE, Kagwiza JN, Kyamanywa P, Mukamana D, Mumena C, Tumusiime DK, Mukashyaka L, Ndenga E, Twagirumugabe T, Mukara KB, Dusabejambo V, Walker TD, Nkusi E, Bazzett-Matabele L, Butera A, Rugwizangoga B, Kabayiza JC, Kanyandekwe S, Kalisa L, Ntirenganya F, Dixson J, Rogo T, McCall N, Corden M, Wong R, Mukeshimana M, Gatarayiha A, Ntagungira EK, Yaman A, Musabeyezu J, Sliney A, Nuthulaganti T, Kernan M, Okwi P, Rhatigan J, Barrow J, Wilson K, Levine AC, Reece R, Koster M, Moresky RT, O'Flaherty JE, Palumbo PE, Ginwalla R, Binanay CA, Thielman N, Relf M, Wright R, Hill M, Chyun D, Klar RT, McCreary LL, Hughes TL, Moen M, Meeks V, Barrows B, Durieux ME, McClain CD, Bunts A, Calland FJ, Hedt-Gauthier B, Milner D, Raviola G, Smith SE, Tuteja M, Magriples U, Rastegar A, Arnold L, Magaziner I, Binagwaho A. Health Professional Training and Capacity Strengthening Through International Academic Partnerships: The First Five Years of the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2018 Aug 06; 7(11):1024-1039.

8. Palazuelos D, Farmer PE, Mukherjee J. Community health and equity of outcomes: the Partners In Health experience. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 05; 6(5):e491-e493.

9. Thomson DR, Amoroso C, Atwood S, Bonds MH, Rwabukwisi FC, Drobac P, Finnegan KE, Farmer DB, Farmer PE, Habinshuti A, Hirschhorn LR, Manzi A, Niyigena P, Rich ML, Stulac S, Murray MB, Binagwaho A. Impact of a health system strengthening intervention on maternal and child health outputs and outcomes in rural Rwanda 2005-2010. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(2):e000674.

10. Shantha JG, Mattia JG, Goba A, Barnes KG, Ebrahim FK, Kraft CS, Hayek BR, Hartnett JN, Shaffer JG, Schieffelin JS, Sandi JD, Momoh M, Jalloh S, Grant DS, Dierberg K, Chang J, Mishra S, Chan AK, Fowler R, O'Dempsey T, Kaluma E, Hendricks T, Reiners R, Reiners M, Gess LA, ONeill K, Kamara S, Wurie A, Mansaray M, Acharya NR, Liu WJ, Bavari S, Palacios G, Teshome M, Crozier I, Farmer PE, Uyeki TM, Bausch DG, Garry RF, Vandy MJ, Yeh S. Ebola Virus Persistence in Ocular Tissues and Fluids (EVICT) Study: Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction and Cataract Surgery Outcomes of Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone. EBioMedicine. 2018 Apr; 30:217-224.