13 Dec 2012
On December 9, 2012, Paul Farmer received a Research in Action Award from the Treatment Action Group, an independent AIDS research and policy think tank which was celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Research in Action Awards honor activists, scientists, philanthropists, and creative artists who have made extraordinary contributions in the fight against AIDS.
Chelsea Clinton presented Dr. Farmer with his award, which recognized his leadership in making AIDS treatments available to those in the developing world.
02 Nov 2012Arachu Castro has been named the Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America at Tulane University. This tenured position was newly created in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. See Tulane's announcement.
10 Oct 2012Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good received the Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government Foreign Affairs Office for her “valuable support to Shanghai’s development and outstanding contributions to our friendly cooperation.” Leading psychiatrists at the Shanghai Mental Health Center nominated Professor Good as well as Professor Byron Good for this award based on “their dedication to mental health services in Shanghai, in China, policy advice, and capacity building of public mental health leaders.”
02 Oct 2012PopTech recently announced that Giuseppe Raviola, MD, Instructor in Psychiatry and in Global Health and Social Medicine, is a 2012 Science Fellow. The fellowship is a leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators, and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. PopTech seeks to complement the existing “silos of excellence” through these annual fellowships, conferences, and labs. Dr. Raviola was selected for his efforts to integrate mental health services into global health care efforts.
09 Dec 2011The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal to Louise Ivers on December 4 to recognize her service as a clinician and contributor to strengthening health systems in Haiti over the past eight years and particularly for her leadership in responding to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, and the cholera outbreak that came in its wake. Paul Farmer presented the award as co-founder of Partners In Health.
16 Dec 2010Paul Farmer has been named as the first incumbent to the Kolokotrones University Professorship. A University Professorship is Harvard’s highest distinction for a faculty member and was established to recognize “individuals of distinction . . . working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.” As Dean Jeffrey Flier remarks, "Paul exemplifies this description, having built his career—in fact, his life—around the conviction that all the world’s people should have access to quality health care."
28 Sep 2010The Department is delighted to announce that Anne Becker, MD, PhD, ScM, has been promoted to Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, effective September 1. This promotion recognizes Dr. Becker's many valuable contributions to the fields of medical anthropology, social medicine, and psychiatry, her commitment to the global health mission of our department, and, significantly, her commitment to mentorship of young clinicians and scholars seeking career pathways in this work.
19 Sep 2010Associate Professor Norma Ware has received an Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research from the National Institute of Mental Health. The award will provide five years of support for training junior investigators in qualitative methods for research on HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also support an operational research study of de-centralization of treatment and care for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and Tanzania.
18 Sep 2010Neema Sofaer and Nir Eyal have won the 2010 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research for their paper, “The Diverse Ethics of Translational Research.” The Prize is bestowed by the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Southern California in conjunction with the International Association of Bioethics. Dr. Sofaer, a former fellow in the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health, is currently with the School of Law and Centre of Medical Ethics at King's College London. Dr. Eyal is Assistant Professor in Global Health and Social Medicine in the Division of Medical Ethics and a member of the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health Steering Committee. The abstract is published here. The entire paper may be viewed in The American Journal of Bioethics (Vol. 10, Issue 8: pp. 19–30, Aug. 2010).
17 Sep 2010The renovation of the HMS office building at 641 Huntington Avenue, which houses the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote building standards that support human health and the natural environment. The council’s LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, rating systems are recognized internationally. “This is the first Harvard project in the Longwood Medical Area to be certified under the LEED rating system for new construction and major renovations,” said Richard Mills, HMS’s executive dean for administration, a strong proponent of this “green” building project. “It represents an important step in the School’s continuing efforts to move toward sustainability, reduce our carbon footprint, and create a healthy environment—both inside and outside our walls.”
28 Jun 2010Paul Farmer, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine, received four honorary degrees this spring and gave four commencement addresses. The University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania each awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science degree to Dr. Farmer. Brandeis and Suffolk University College of Arts and Sciences each bestowed the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Farmer gave commencement addresses at Emmanuel College and Suffolk University, both in Boston, and the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences and Miller School of Medicine.
26 Jun 2010Sue Levkoff, an expert on geriatrics and aging and former Associate Professor of Social Medicine, has been named the CoEE Endowed Chair in Community and Social Support—SmartHOME™ at the SeniorSMART® Center of Economic Excellence of the University of South Carolina, Columbia. At Columbia, Dr. Levkoff will focus on developing technologies that will enable older adults to remain at home in the community with adequate supports, both for them and their caregivers.
22 Jun 2010Eric Chivian and Paul Epstein of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment were both named Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Drs. Chivian and Epstein were among 531 fellows elected this year and among the 10 elected from Harvard. Dr. Chivian, HMS Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Social Medicine) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, was elected for important contributions to understanding the human health consequences of global environmental change. Dr. Epstein, HMS Instructor in social medicine and Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, was elected for contributions to understanding the links between climate change and health, and for education of students, business leaders, and policymakers regarding solutions to these problems.
19 Jun 2010Myron Belfer has received three honors recently: The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions bestowed the 2010 International Award to him for "extraordinary lifelong contributions to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry." He was named Chair of the Global Child Mental Health Committee of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. And he was a 2010 Cynthia Kettyle Teaching Award nominee from the HMS Psychiatry Executive Committee and the Medical Education Council.
18 Jun 2010Professor Byron Good delivered the 2010 Robert Ranulph Marett Memorial Lectureship at Exeter College, Oxford, on Friday April 30. Prof. Good's lecture was entitled, "Theorizing the 'Subject' of Medical and Psychiatric Anthropology." He discussed current issues in the study of 'the subject' and 'subjectivity' in medical and psychiatric anthropology, drawing on his research in Java and Aceh, and reflecting on changes in the field from 1980 until the present. About 200 people attended the lecture, which was warmly received.
09 Jun 2010Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Visiting Lecturer in Social Medicine and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, is among seven to receive honorary degrees from Dartmouth College on June 13. Dr. Binagwaho is a pediatrician who led Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission in 2002-08. She has held leadership positions on Rwanda’s Steering Committee for the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, World Bank MAP Project, and High Commission on Aid Policy. She is the current chair of the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
23 Apr 2010Joia Mukherjee was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. She is a global leader in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) and HIV/AIDS in resource-poor communities. She is on the faculty of the Division of Global Health Equity in the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS. The majority of her work is focused internationally at clinical sites supported by Partners In Health, the Brigham, and HMS in Africa, Russia, Latin America and Haiti, where she helps local staff to build and strengthen primary care systems and develop treatment protocols for complex diseases including HIV/AIDS and MDRTB. Joia’s work with colleagues in Peru and Russia led to the development of a new standard of care for the delivery of MDRTB treatment in resource-poor settings, and she serves as a consultant to tuberculosis projects throughout the world, seeking to add MDRTB to their existing treatment programs. Her work with colleagues in Haiti treating HIV patients with antiretroviral therapy was a model for the global scale up of access to HIV treatment around the world and has been the model for Partners In Health’s engagement in Africa. Joia is widely regarded as one of the world’s experts in building, scaling up, and operating multi-service health care systems and is board-certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Infectious Disease.
23 Apr 2010The legacy of Leon Eisenberg and of Leon and Carola Eisenberg is remembered with two additional honors. At Johns Hopkins, where Dr. Eisenberg had a fellowship in child psychiatry and then taught for some years, an anonymously-funded scholarship for needy Hopkins medical students has been renamed as The Leon Eisenberg Scholarship. Locally, the Children’s Hospital Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, headed by Kerim Munir, honors Leon and Carola Eisenberg with an annual Eisenberg Award on Wednesday, April 28, at the Harvard Faculty Club. Dr. Carola Eisenberg will present the first Award this year to Dr. Ludwik Szymanski, Director Emeritus, Psychiatry, Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Institute for Community Inclusion.
22 Apr 2010David Jones, Lecturer in Social Medicine at HMS and Associate Professor of the History and Culture of Science at MIT, is one of two recipients of the 2010 Donald O’Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. David received the award for his outstanding and creative leadership of “Introduction to Social Medicine and Global Health.” Since 1982 this honor has been bestowed on the most outstanding teachers at HMS, a highly select group of the nation’s leading medical educators. The Prize is the School’s most visible validation of teaching accomplishments and reflects that a teacher is highly valued by his students and by HMS. Sadath Sayeed also was nominated for this Prize this year.
14 Apr 2010Arachu Castro, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, was named a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow for her work "Women and AIDS in Latin America." Dr. Castro is a medical anthropologist trained in public health, working mostly in infectious disease (AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue) and reproductive health. Lately she has focused on integrating prenatal care with testing and treatment for HIV and syphilis in collaboration with public health officials in eight Latin American and Caribbean countries.
12 Apr 2010Felton Earls, Professor of Human Behavior and Development at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Social Medicine, delivered the Max Perutz Memorial Lecture at the ninth biennial meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies in Rabat, Morocco. His lecture, "Darwin and Lincoln: their legacy of human dignity," was also published in Perspectives in Medicine and Biology, Winter 2010.
19 Feb 2010Ed Lowenstein and Bucknam McPeek were awarded the 2009 Anesthesia History Association's David M. Little Prize, which recognizes the best work of anesthesia history published the previous year in English, for their work: Enduring Contributions of Henry K. Beecher to Medicine, Science, and Society (Kluwer/Lippincott, 2007-2008) [International Anesthesiology Clinics, v. 45, no. 4 and v. 46, no. 1].This volume reproduces five of Beecher’s seminal papers and provides contemporary commentaries of their significance.
03 Feb 2010Arachu Castro, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, was awarded the 2010 Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Fellowship for her project, "The Integration of Prenatal Care with the Testing and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean." The objective of this proposal is to conduct operational research on testing and treatment of HIV and syphilis during pregnancy in seven Latin American countries and translate its results to pilot interventions aimed at integrating HIV and syphilis management into prenatal care.
04 Dec 2009This year Sue Levkoff was appointed adjunct professor in the Department of Gerontology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She was also made Honorary Research Associate in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
03 Dec 2009Eric Krakauer has been appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Oncology at Hanoi Medical University. In October, he gave the keynote at the opening ceremony of the Department of Oncology and Palliative Care at Hanoi Medical University Hospital. The website of Hanoi Medical University is: http://www.hmu.edu.vn/news/default.asp
25 Jun 2009Leon Eisenberg, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Social Medicine, emeritus, was lauded at a Children's Hospital event announcing an endowed chair in his name. David DeMaso, psychiatrist-in-chief at Children's, who will be the first to hold the chair, led the celebration with Arthur Kleinman, Myron Belfer, and others commenting on Dr. Eisenberg's legacy.
27 May 2009Jeffrey Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, named Paul Farmer as the new chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as of July 1, 2009. Dean Flier noted: "As an international leader in global health and social medicine and an outstanding researcher, teacher and clinician, Paul is uniquely suited to lead this department. There are few who have done more to improve health in developing countries than Paul. His scholarship and international work have made him one of the most respected experts in the world on issues of global health."
20 Apr 2009The American Academy of Arts & Sciences named Paul Farmer, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine, among the leaders elected as Fellows this year. Nelson Mandela and Bono also were elected in this latest class. The 231 scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders elected this year come from 28 states and 11 countries and range in age from 33 to 83. They represent universities, museums, national laboratories, private research institutes, businesses, and foundations. This year’s group also includes Nobel laureates and recipients of the Pulitzer and Pritzker prizes, MacArthur Fellowships, Academy, Grammy, and Tony awards, and the National Medal of Arts. See the American Academy of Arts & Sciences press release.
06 Apr 2009The American Medical Association Foundation honored Dr. Nancy Oriol, founder of The Family Van with an award for "Pride in the Profession" representing the highest ideals of medical service in providing care to underserved patients. Jeffrey Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, nominated Dr. Oriol for the award and helped present it to her. The Family Van is a mobile healthcare program designed to promote wellbeing, prevent chronic disease, and improve healthcare access. As a vehicle-based, community outreach program, the Family Van offers free, culturally and linguistically appropriate health education, medical screenings, and innovative special programs directly to Boston neighborhoods with the poorest health outcomes. For information about the award to Dr. Oriol, see the AMA press release. Click here for information about The Family Van.
06 Apr 2009This spring Felton Earls is lecturing at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in April. In May, he gives the Max Perutz Lecture at the annual meeting of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies in Morocco.
06 Apr 2009Carola Eisenberg is to be awarded two medals during the month of May. The first will be the George Eastman Medal, to be conferred at commencement by the University of Rochester. Dr. Eisenberg will give the commencement address at the University of Rochester Medical College. The second is the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Psychiatric Association.
17 Feb 2009Paul Farmer was awarded the Lois Pope LIFE International Achievement Award from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Farmer was honored for pioneering novel community-based treatment strategies for AIDS and TB in Haiti over the past 25 years, and more recently in Peru, Rwanda and other impoverished countries.
29 Jan 2009Carole Mitnick was named Ambassador in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research by Research!America, an alliance for discoveries in health, to assist the purpose of “making research to improve health a higher national priority.” In this role, Carole attends and participates in meetings with policymakers, thought leaders and the media. Carole is one of 25 distinguished scholars who were named as ambassadors for 2009.
29 Jan 2009Norma Ware has been awarded a grant from the Harvard Center for AIDS Research to study retention in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will take place in Jos, Nigeria and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
29 Jan 2009Felton Earls was appointed to the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, where he will be representing the U.S. National Academies of Science.
26 Nov 2008The Center for the History of Medicine was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources grant for “Foundations of Public Health Policy,” a project that will enable research in the manuscript collections of four influential leaders in public health: Leona Baumgartner, Alan Macy Butler, Howard Hiatt, and David Rutstein.
25 Nov 2008The Society for Medical Anthropology awarded Arthur Kleinman the 2008 George Foster Practicing Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to applying theory and methods in medical anthropology, particularly in diverse contexts, to multidisciplinary audiences, and with some impact on policy.
01 May 2008The Department is pleased to confirm the promotions of Nir Eyal and Scott Podolsky (5/1/08, 7/1/08). Both have been promoted to the rank of assistant professor, with the title Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine. Nir is a philosopher in the Division of Medical Ethics and the Harvard University Program on Ethics and Health. He teaches in the required first year course, Medical Ethics and Professionalism. Scott is a physician and historian, teaching in the required first year course, Introduction to Social Medicine. He also is director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library of Medicine.