GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Park is a faculty member at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at the Harvard Medical School. The PGSSC’s mission is to achieve universal access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care by strengthening surgical systems through research, policy development, and training leaders in academic global surgery.
His areas of research interests include the science of integration of surgical care into emerging health systems, the political economy of surgical care as a global health priority, global governance and surgical care, and bridging the research with policy and implementation. He is also a pioneering researcher in the emerging field of global neurosurgery i.e. how best to deliver neurosurgical care to all who need it, whenever and wherever.
His North Korea related academic interests include studying the unique features of the North Korean public health system, how geopolitical factors influence human security and humanitarian aid on the Korean peninsula, and the complex relationships between international security, health, and human rights.
Kee B. Park, MD obtained his medical degree from the Rutgers University in New Jersey and trained in neurosurgery at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 2013, he volunteered with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery to support Cambodian neurosurgeons. As a Consultant in Neurosurgery at the Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh and head of the Cambodia Neurosurgery Support Project, he taught neurosurgery and conducted research in head and spine injuries. Prior to Cambodia, he was the Director of Spine Surgery at the Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009 to 2013).
Dr. Park is also the Director of the North Korea Program at the Korean American Medical Association. He leads the collaboration between US and DPRK physicians. Since 2007, he has made 18 visits to DPRK, most recently in May 2018.
Before joining the faculty at Harvard Medical School, he worked under Prof. John G. Meara at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change as the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar.
Dr. Park is a consultant for the World Health Organization and serves on the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care and Anesthesia. In this capacity, he advocates for and assists in the development of national surgical plans by the Member States.
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Foundation of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, member of the National Committee on North Korea, and member of Council of Korean Americans.
World neurosurgery, December 1, 2018
World neurosurgery, November 14, 2018
Neurosurgical focus, October 1, 2018
Journal of neurosurgery, September 14, 2018
Surgery, September 8, 2018
World neurosurgery, August 23, 2018
Neurospine, June 19, 2018
Journal of neurosurgery, June 15, 2018
Journal of neurosurgery, May 1, 2018