Joia Mukherjee named Advisory Dean and Director of HMS F. W. Peabody Society

Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, assumed the role of Advisory Dean and Director of the Francis Weld Peabody Society in the Program in Medical Education at HMS, effective January 1, 2024.

Dr. Mukherjee brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a profound commitment to the education of medical students, making her an outstanding choice for this role. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School, she trained in infectious disease, internal medicine, and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and received an MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the chief medical officer of Partners in Health, the renowned international medical organization that supports the delivery of comprehensive health care in global settings. 

Dr. Mukherjee is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where she has been involved in the Global Health Equity residency since its founding in 2004. She is also an Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS, where her responsibilities include directing the Master of Medical Science program in Global Health Delivery and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change.

Dr. Mukherjee is revered by her current and past students. One HMS alumnus recalled: “Though I was a medical student, she always valued my contributions and treated me as a full member of the team.” Another noted to the search committee that Dr. Mukherjee’s “deep commitment to equity and diversity of students created an environment in which everyone was able to learn and grow in an extraordinary way.”

Dr. Mukherjee has been the recipient of many teaching and mentoring awards, including the Young Mentor Excellence in Mentoring Award at HMS and the Marshall Wolf Award in Medical Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been selected to give commencement addresses at multiple institutions of higher education, including at HMS, where, as the Class Day speaker in 2022, she regaled the audience in both word and (briefly) song. She is the author of the leading textbook An Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity and Human Rights, published by Oxford University Press, and in 2023, she received the Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders from the American College of Physicians.

Congratulations, Joia!