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Medical Anthropology


Anne Becker, Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology. Academic Director, East and Southeast Asian Advanced Research Training Program (a.k.a., Freeman Fellowship Program). Anne is in the Department on Mondays and Thursdays. She is also assistant professor of psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she directs the Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Program. She is also the Co-editor in Chief of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry.

Alex Cohen, Instructor. Coordinator, World Mental Health Project. Alex is a core faculty member in the University of Melbourne-Harvard Medical School International Mental Health Leadership Program, directed by Byron Good and supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company. Alex is also the academic director for the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by a training grant from the Fogarty International Center. Both programs offer training to Asian psychiatrists in mental health policy development and services research.

Byron Good, PhD, Professor of Medical Anthropology; Co-Director (with Arthur Kleinman), NIMH Postdoctoral Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services Research; Principal Investigator, Training Program in International Mental Health (with Chinese University of Hong Kong). Co-editor, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; Byron teaches at HMS and in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard.

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Professor of Social Medicine; Director, Russell Sage Program; Co-editor-in-chief, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Co-director and faculty advisor for (NIMH) Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinically Relevant Medical Anthropology; Advisor, East and Southeast Asian Advanced Research Training Program. Mary-Jo teaches at HMS and in the Department of Sociology at Harvard; she serves on dissertation and thesis committees for students in anthropology as well.

Joan Kaufman is currently a Visiting Scholar in the East Asia Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government where she directs an AIDS public policy training program, team leader for China for Vaccine Preparedness for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and special advisor to the director at the Wellesley Centers for Research on Women. From 1996-2001 she was the Ford Foundation’s Gender and Reproductive Health Program Officer for China where her portfolio funded government, researchers and NGOs in efforts to reform China’s population policy and family planning program, to mobilize a response to the AIDS epidemic, and to promote attention to gender and reproductive health in rural health reform. She was a Lecturer on Population and Reproductive Health at Harvard School of Public Health from 1990 – 2000 and Senior Associate at Abt Associates Inc. from 1992-1996, developing and directing projects on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and other public health problems. She was the first international UNFPA program officer for China from 1980-84. She holds a doctorate in population and international health from Harvard School of Public Health. She has consulted to many private Foundations, public and private organizations on reproductive health topics and published on reproductive health, AIDS, gender and international health topics. She spent the 2001-2002 academic year as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University where she began work on a book on the impact of the Beijing Women’s Conference on the globalization of the Chinese women’s movement. Her publications include a recent policy forum in Science magazine on the AIDS epidemic in China, several recent articles about the gender impacts of health privatization in China, a book on the history of China’s family planning program, numerous peer review articles, chapters in books, and articles in Chinese journals.

Arthur Kleinman, Chair, Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Medicine; Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine. On faculty of Program for Chinese and Southeast Asian Advanced Research Training.

Joan Kleinman, M.A. Research Associate, Program in Medical Anthropology, responsible for China research. On faculty of Program for Chinese and Southeast Asian Advanced Research Training. Director, Freeman Summer Fellowship Program.

Norma Ware, PhD. Associate Professor. Medical Anthropologist. Norma Ware conducts research on chronic illness and mental health services. Current projects include the development and cultural adaptation of a new measure of continuity of care for mental health services research; a study of social influences on adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy for HIV among active users of illegal drugs; and a study of social integration processes in recovery from disability following severe mental illness. Her work is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Dr. Ware is also a contributor to the NIMH-sponsored Training Program on Culture and Mental Health Services.


Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change

Mercedes Becerra, Sc.D. Assistant Professor.

Arachu Castro, Ph.D., MPH. Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology. Academic director for PIDSC; researcher in Haiti, Mexico, and Cuba.

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D. Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology. Co-director, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change. Founding Director, Partners In Health, a Harvard-affiliated charity that delivers services to the destitute sick; in this role, he is medical director of a large hospital in central Haiti. Paul also is appointed at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Infectious Disease Division.

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Department Chair, Professor of Medical Anthropology, HMS, FXB Professor of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB) at Harvard School of Public Health; Co-Director, Program on Infectious Disease and Social Change. Founding Trustee, Partners In Health, a Harvard-affiliated NGO. Chief, Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Carole Mitnick, Sc.D. Instructor. Epidemiologist. Research interests: tuberculosis epidemiology; operational research on treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in poor settings; and tuberculosis in prisons.

Joia Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H.Assistant Professor of Medicine, BWH, HMS; Clinical Director, DSM Program in Infectious Disease amd Social Change; Medical Director, Partners in Health

Ed Nardell, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. Chief, Pulmonary Medicine, Cambridge Hospital; Associate Professor, DSM; Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and Infections and Immunity at Harvard School of Public Health.

Mary C. Smith Fawzi, Sc.D. Instructor. Epidemiologist.


Medical Humanities

Division of Medical Ethics and Ethics & Health Program

Marcia Angell, M.D. Senior Lecturer. Leads Faculty Seminar in Medical Ethics. Assists in post-graduate and undergraduate medical teaching.

Dan Brock, Professor of Medical Ethics, HMS, Director, Division of Medical Ethics and University Program in Ethics and Health.

Dan Callahan, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer on Ethics. Teaches Health Policy Ph.D. students in the ethics concentration. He is the Director of the International Program at The Hastings Center.

Nir Eyal, PhD, Instructor.

Eric Krakauer, M.D., Instructor in Social Medicine, Instructor in Medicine, MGH; Course Director, "Pain and Palliative Medicine: From Basic Science to Social and Ethical Concerns"; Director, VCHAP Program.

Lisa Lehmann, M.D. Instructor. Lisa is director of the longitudinal curriculum in medical ethics and runs the summer fellowship in ethics for Harvard medical students. She does empirical and theoretical research in medical ethics and is an Associate Physician in Brigham Internal Medicine Associates.

Edward Lowenstein, M.D. Ed's primary appointment is at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching in Anesthetics and Anaesthesia and Provost of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. He teaches ethics, professionalism and end-of-life care to medical students and Chairs the Henry K Beecher Harvard Medical Student Ethics Award Committee, which is presented annually by the Division of Medical Ethics.

Christine Mitchell, RN, MPH, Instructor.

Sadath Sayeed, MD, Instructor.

Mildred Z. Solomon, Associate Professor of Social Medicine. Director, Fellowship in Medical Ethics. Millie is also appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia,
Children's Hospital. She is a vice president of Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, MA where she directs EDC's Center for Applied Ethics and Professional Practice, an interdisciplinary group of social scientists conducting a broad range of research and education projects.

Robert Truog, M.D., M.A.Professor of Anaesthesia and Medical Ethics; primarily appointed at the Children’s Hospital, where he is Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Associate Director of the Office of Ethics. In the DME, he is Director of Clinical Programs and leads the Harvard Ethics Consortium.

History of Medicine

Allan Brandt, Ph.D. Allan is Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at HMS and Professor and Chair in the Department of the History of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Child Health and Social Ecology

Felton Earls, M.D., Professor of Social Medicine. Child Psychiatrist and Epidemiologist with primary interests in international aspects of child health and human rights. Principal Investigator, Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, a longitudinal study on the social sources and health consequences of children's exposure to urban violence. Principal Investigator, Ecology of HIV/AIDS and Child Mental Health in Tanzania, an intervention study aimed at mitigating the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the growth, development and education of children and adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.

International Child Mental Health

Myron Belfer, M.D., M.P.A. Professor of Psychiatry, Senior Associate in Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, co-chair of the International Children's Mental Health Working Group at Harvard Children's Initiative, Harvard University and Senior Adviser of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva.

Social Studies, Research and Advocacy


Robert Brennan , Research Associate in Social Medicine

Leon Eisenberg, M.D., Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus; Chair, 1980-1991, Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy.

Rashi Fein, Ph.D. Professor of Economics of Medicine, emeritus.

Julius B. Richmond, M.D., John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy, Emeritus; former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, 1977-1981, and first Director of the National Head Start Program.


Center for Health and the Global Environment

Eric Chivian, MD, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

Paul R. Epstein, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard School of Public Health.


Non-resident faculty members
Kathleen Allden
Bridie Andrews
Linda Barnes
Jaime Bayona Garcia
Paul Cleary
Alasdair Donald
Joseph Dumit
Carola Eisenberg
Michael Fischer
Rajesh Gupta
Alan Harwood
Anne Harrington
Kris Heggenhougen
S. Jody Heymann
Howard Hiatt
Charlotte Ikels
Mary Lee Ingbar
Eric Jacobson
Arlene Katz
Amalie Moses Kass
Catherine Kerr
Salmaan Keshavjee
Amaro Laria
Dominic Tak Shing Lee
Sing Lee
Sue Levkoff
Roberto Lewis-Fernandez
Jane Bloch Mayer
Elizabeth Miller
I. Harry Minas
Christine Mitchell
James Mongan
Martha Montello
Stephen Francis O’Neill
Ramin Parsa-Parsi
Duncan Pedersen
Lynn Peterson
Michael Phillips
Arnold Relman
Amelie O. Rorty
Brooke G. Schoepf
Lisbeth Schorr
Don Seeman
Alexander Sloutsky
Michael Trujillo
Mitchell Weiss


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