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Paul Farmer

Co-founder, Partners In Health; Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

As a co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s leading thinkers on health and human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His other roles include Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius award,” his work is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2003 book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World.

In addition, Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S., 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. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Haiti After the Earthquake.