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Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.
Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
A prolific author, his most recent book is Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction. Newly released In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez (Michael Griffin, Jennie Weiss Block, ed.), reveals Farmer’s belief in liberation theology as the inspiration for his social justice medicine.
Dr. Farmer has received many honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, 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.