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Paul Farmer

Born October 26, 1959 (1959-10-26) (age 50)
North Adams, Massachusetts
Residence Rwanda
USA
Cange, Haiti
Nationality American
Fields Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Medical Anthropology
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Duke University
Notable awards Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, MacArthur Foundation Genius Award

Paul Farmer (born October 26, 1959) is an American anthropologist and physician, the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University and an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In May 2009 he was named chairman of Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, succeeding his longtime friend and collaborator Dr. Jim Kim.[1]

He currently resides in Kigali, Rwanda. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Farmer is one of the founders of Partners In Health (PIH), an international health and social justice organization. His work is the subject of Tracy Kidder's 2003 book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. Dr. Farmer was mentioned as a possible nominee to head the U.S. Agency for International Development[2], but his nomination was reportedly blocked by the White House[3]. In August 2009, Paul Farmer was named United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti to assist in improving the economic and social conditions of the Caribbean nation[4].

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International work

In 1987, Farmer, along with Ophelia Dahl, Jim Yong Kim, Thomas J. White and Todd McCormack, co-founded Partners In Health. PIH began in Cange in the Central Plateau of Haiti and has developed into a worldwide health organization. The PIH hospital in Haiti provides free treatment to patients. PIH helps patients living in poverty to obtain effective drugs to treat tuberculosis and AIDS.

In addition to his hospital in Haiti, Farmer oversees projects in Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi and Peru. His approach has its basis in ethnographic analysis and real world practicality.[5]

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder details Farmer's work in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, as well as his efforts to balance clinical and academic responsibilities with having a family of his own. The book narrates the interactions and conflicts Farmer faces as he attempts to secure healthcare for the poor in third world countries.

Dr. Farmer is a co-founder and Board Member of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. [1] He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO focused on developing the Health Impact Fund.

Dr. Farmer was appointed as the Deputy UN Special Envoy for Haiti, by former US President Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy for Haiti, on August 11, 2009. In this role, Dr. Farmer will support Clinton and assist in advancing their work on a day-to-day basis.

Awards

Farmer has won multiple honors including:[6]

  • A MacArthur Fellowship, 1993
  • The 9th Annual Heinz Award in the Human Condition, 2003[7]
  • Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for Partners in Health ($1.5 million), 2005
  • American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine
  • 2007 Austin College Leadership Award ($100,000), which he will donate to Partners in Health.
  • 2007 Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Mankind and an honorary doctorate from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.[8]
  • Member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies (U.S.).
  • 2008 Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award presented to Dr. Farmer and Partners in Health.

Additional Honors

  • In 2004, Farmer delivered the Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture at the University of Rochester, considered by many to be the most important annual lecture series in the field of Anthropology.[9]
  • He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Thomas Jefferson University on June 2, 2006, where he delivered the keynote address for commencement exercises.
  • He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Boston College on May 23, 2005 where he delivered the keynote address for commencement exercises.
  • He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University on June 6, 2006, and delivered an address at the Princeton University Baccalaureate in June 2008.[10][11]
  • He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Emory University on May 14, 2007, where he delivered the keynote address for the university's 162nd commencement ceremony.[12]
  • He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame on May 20, 2007, where he also was a speaker at the Notre Dame forum in September 2006.[13][14]
  • He was the invited keynote speaker for the 57th Annual Convention of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) held in Washington DC. (March 2007)
  • He was the guest speaker for the first Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Drexel University School of Public Health, held on the 20th of November, 2007.
  • On May 4, 2008, CBS 60 Minutes did a segment on Dr. Farmer and Partners in Health.
  • In 2008, he was named a "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Skoll Foundation (www.skollfoundation.org).
  • He received an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia University on May 20, 2009.[15]

Publications

  • AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992, 1993, 2006 edition: ISBN 978-0-520-08343-1
  • The Uses of Haiti, Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1994, 2003, 2005 edition: ISBN 978-1-56751-242-7
  • ¿Haití para qué?, Hondarribia, Spain: HIRU Argitaletxea, 1994
  • Sida en Haїti: La Victime accusée, Paris: Editions Karthala, 1996
  • Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999, revised 2001 edition: ISBN 978-0-520-22913-6
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, 2005 edition: ISBN 978-0-520-24326-2
  • Global Health in Times of Violence, co-edited with Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Linda Whiteford, School for Advanced Research Press, 2009 edition: ISBN 978-1-934691-14-4
  • Women, Poverty & AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence (Series in Health and Social Justice), with coauthor Margaret Connors, Common Courage Press; Reprint edition (September 1996), ISBN 978-1-56751-074-4
  • Who removed Aristide?, London Review of Books, ISSN 0260-9592, April 15, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-11-19.

Personal

Farmer was born in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Weeki Wachee, Florida. He is a graduate of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida and was president of his senior class.[16] He and his wife Didi have two daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth, and one son, Sebastian. He currently lives in Kigali, Rwanda with his family.[17] His younger brother, Jeff Farmer, also known as the nWo Sting, is a well known athlete, competing on the professional wrestling circuit.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Paul Farmer gets high-level Harvard Medical job". Boston.com. May 21, 2009. http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2009/05/paul_farmer_get.html. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. ^ Boston Globe, May 15, 2009, http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/15/health_pioneer_may_get_obama_post/
  3. ^ http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/08/04/paul_farmer_out_for_usaid/
  4. ^ http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=31740&Cr=Haiti&Cr1/
  5. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ProfileUM; see Help:Cite error.
  6. ^ "Paul Farmer wins $100,000 Austin College award". White Coat Notes (Boston.com). February 28, 2007. http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/blog/2007/02/paul_farmer_win_1.html. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  7. ^ The Heinz Awards, Paul Farmer profile
  8. ^ http://www.wofford.edu/newsroom/content.aspx?id=23344
  9. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/printerfriendly.aspx?ref=524051
  10. ^ "Honorary degrees awarded by Princeton University". Princeton University. http://www.princeton.edu/pr/facts/honorary. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  11. ^ Katherine Federici Greenwood (July 16, 2008). "Commencement 2008". Princeton Alumni Weekly. http://paw.princeton.edu/issues/2008/07/16/pages/3969/index.xml. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  12. ^ "Commencement Speaker and Recipients of Honorary Degrees". Commencement 2007. Emory University. http://www.emory.edu/COMMENCEMENT/hdks.html. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  13. ^ Brown, Dennis (April 2, 2007). "Nine distinguished figures to join Immelt as honorary degree recipients". University of Notre Dame. http://newsinfo.nd.edu/content.cfm?topicid=21967. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  14. ^ Brown, Dennis (August 31, 2006). "Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Farmer to participate in Notre Dame Forum on global health crisis". University of Notre Dame. http://newsinfo.nd.edu/content.cfm?topicid=18922. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  15. ^ "2009 Honorary Degree and Medal for Excellence Recipients". Columbia University. May 20, 2009. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ceremonies/commencement/docs/events/commencement/honorary.html. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  16. ^ http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/far1bio-1
  17. ^ English, Bella (April 13, 2008). "In Rwanda, visionary doctor is moving mountains again". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2008/04/13/in_rwanda_visionary_doctor_is_moving_mountains_again/?page=2. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  18. ^ Remnick, David (September 18, 2006). "The Wanderer: Bill Clinton’s quest to save the world, reclaim his legacy—and elect his wife". The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/09/18/060918fa_fact1?currentPage=all. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 

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Dr. Paul Farmer (born October 26, 1959, Adams, Massachusetts) is an American professor and physician, currently the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University and an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1987, he helped found the international health and social justice organization Partners In Health (PIH). He is also the current chair of US foreign assistance for president Obama.

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Pathologies of Power

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, University of California Press, 2003, (2005 edition: ISBN 978-0-520-24326-2)

  • In an age of explosive development in the realm of medical technology, it is unnerving to find that the discoveries of Salk, Sabin, and even Pasteur remain irrelevant to much of humanity.
    • page 144.

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Random House 2004, ISBN 978-0-8129-7301-3

  • I can’t sleep. There’s always somebody not getting treatment. I can’t stand that.
    • quoted on page 24.
  • God gives us humans everything we need to flourish, but he’s not the one who’s supposed to divvy up the loot. . . You want to see where Christ crucified abides today? Go to where the poor are suffering and fighting back, and that’s where He is.
    • quoted on page 79.
  • I’m going to build my own fucking hospital. And there’ll be none of that there, thank you.
    • quoted on page 81.

Quotes About Paul Farmer

  • [It] was seemly [of Paul], I thought, resisting beatification. But then he told me, “People call me a saint and I think, I have to work harder. Because a saint would be a great thing to be.” . . . I felt a small inner disturbance. It wasn’t that the words seemed immodest. I felt I was in the presence of a different person from the one I’d been chatting with a moment ago, someone whose ambitions I hadn’t yet begun to fathom.

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