Felicia Knaul, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
- Harvard Global Equity Initiative
Dr. Knaul is an economist concerned with global health equity. She has more than 100 academic and policy publications in both English and Spanish in the forms of journal articles, book chapters, and books. She has also led the production of several reports for the Mexican government and participated in the production of the World Health Report 2010. In addition to breast cancer, her research is focused on cancer in developing countries, health system reform, health financing, poverty, women and health, and children in especially difficult circumstances.
- Expanded access to cancer care and control in LMICs
- Early detection and prevention of breast cancer
- Health systems strengthening
- Integrating cancer into the women and health agenda
- Financial protection
Felicia Knaul is associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative where she serves as the secretariat for the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Toronto and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Dr. Knaul founded the Mexican nonprofit organization, Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, a program that promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection initiatives for breast cancer in Latin America. Dr. Knaul has published several academic articles on the topic of breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries and lectures extensively on the topic from the points of view of both patient-advocate and health systems researcher. Her story has been published in magazines including Science and Newsweek en Español. Her book, Tómatelo a Pecho, released in October of 2009 (second edition February 2011), recounts her personal experience with breast cancer and how it led to establishing Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho.
Dr. Knaul holds visiting academic appointments at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and the Mexican Health Foundation where she has led a research group focused on health and the economy since 2000. Dr. Knaul is a board member of numerous organizations including: the Union for International Cancer Control; the International Advisory Board on Cancer for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; the Electronic Living Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship Research at Princess Margaret Hospital; the Harvard-Mexico Foundation; the Jalisco Cancer Institute; and the Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer in Saudi Arabia. She has held senior government posts at the Ministries of Education and Social Development in Mexico and at the Department of Planning in Colombia. She has also worked for several bilateral and multilateral agencies including WHO, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and UNICEF and for civil society organizations in Canada and Mexico.
Recommendations towards an integrated, life-course approach to women's health in the post-2015 agenda. September 1, 2013. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
At the crossroads: transforming health systems to address women's health across the life course. September 1, 2013. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
Supportive care during treatment for breast cancer: Resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement. August 31, 2013. Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland).
[In Process Citation]. April 1, 2013. Salud pública de México.
Planning cancer control in Latin America and the Caribbean. April 1, 2013. The lancet oncology.
Improving responsiveness of health systems to non-communicable diseases. February 12, 2013. Lancet.
Seizing the opportunity to close the cancer divide. February 4, 2013. Lancet.
Innovative financing for health: what is truly innovative? October 24, 2012. Lancet.
The quest for universal health coverage: achieving social protection for all in Mexico. August 16, 2012. Lancet.
Meeting the emerging challenge of breast and cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries. August 9, 2012. International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
Breast cancer in Mexico: a growing challenge to health and the health system. August 1, 2012. The lancet oncology.
Women's health beyond reproduction: meeting the challenges. July 1, 2012. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
Improving pathology for better cancer care and control in countries of low and middle income. June 2, 2012. Lancet.
Globalization and infectious diseases. July 2, 2011. Infectious disease clinics of North America.
[Presentation. Atlas of the health systems of Latin America]. January 1, 2011. Salud pública de México.
[Effective coverage of health interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean: metrics for the assessment of health systems performance]. January 1, 2011. Salud pública de México.
[The health system of Mexico]. January 1, 2011. Salud pública de México.
Household catastrophic health expenditures: a comparative analysis of twelve Latin American and Caribbean Countries. January 1, 2011. Salud pública de México.
Breast cancer in developing countries: opportunities for improved survival. December 29, 2010. Journal of oncology.
Expansion of cancer care and control in countries of low and middle income: a call to action. August 13, 2010. Lancet.
The democratization of health in Mexico: financial innovations for universal coverage. July 1, 2009. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
[Breast cancer in Mexico: an urgent priority]. January 1, 2009. Salud pública de México.
[A woman facing breast cancer in Mexico]. January 1, 2009. Salud pública de México.
Breast cancer: why link early detection to reproductive health interventions in developing countries? January 1, 2009. Salud pública de México.
[The health care costs of breast cancer: the case of the Mexican Social Security Institute]. January 1, 2009. Salud pública de México.
[Breast cancer: a challenge for society and health systems]. January 1, 2009. Salud pública de México.
Breast cancer in Mexico: a pressing priority. November 1, 2008. Reproductive health matters.
[Competitiveness among health and the health sector. A new look at the health economics paradigm]. March 1, 2007. Gaceta médica de México.
[Evidence is good for your health system: policy reform to remedy catastrophic and impoverishing health spending in Mexico]. January 1, 2007. Salud pública de México.
[Comprehensive reform to improve health system performance in Mexico]. January 1, 2007. Salud pública de México.
[Health system reform in Mexico]. January 1, 2007. Salud pública de México.
Evidence is good for your health system: policy reform to remedy catastrophic and impoverishing health spending in Mexico. November 18, 2006. Lancet.
Comprehensive reform to improve health system performance in Mexico. October 28, 2006. Lancet.
Health insurance in Mexico: achieving universal coverage through structural reform. November 1, 2005. Health affairs (Project Hope).
[Financial protection in health: Mexico, 1992 to 2004]. November 1, 2005. Salud pública de México.
[Fair health financing and catastrophic health expenditures: potential impact of the coverage extension of the popular health insurance in Mexico]. January 1, 2005. Salud pública de México.
Evidence-based health policy: three generations of reform in Mexico. November 15, 2003. Lancet.
[Trends of tobacco demand in Mexico: 1992-1998]. January 1, 2002. Salud pública de México.
Health and the economy: empowerment through evidence. January 1, 2002. World hospitals and health services : the official journal of the International Hospital Federation.
Health and the economy: empowerment through evidence. January 1, 2002. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
The gender composition of the medical profession in Mexico: implications for employment patterns and physician labor supply. January 1, 2000. Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (1972).
Trends in medical employment: persistent imbalances in urban Mexico. July 1, 1999. American journal of public health.
International collective action in health: objectives, functions, and rationale. February 14, 1998. Lancet.
The New World order and international health. May 10, 1997. BMJ (Clinical research ed.).
[Day care and female employment in Mexico: descriptive evidence and policy considerations]. September 1, 1996. Estudios demográficos y urbanos.
Passage House as model for AIDS education of street children. January 1, 1991. AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education.
- Harvard Global Equity Initiative
- Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
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