Paul Farmer

About Paul Farmer

Birth Day: October 26, 1959
Birth Place: North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Residence: Kigali, Rwanda United States Cange, Haiti
Other names: Doktè Paul
Alma mater: Duke University (BA) Harvard University (MD, PhD)
Awards: Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize MacArthur Genius Grant
Fields: Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Medical Anthropology
Institutions: Harvard University

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer was born on October 26, 1959 in North Adams, Massachusetts, United States. Paul Edward Farmer is an anthropologist and physician renowned for his efforts to provide the highest quality of medical facilities to impoverished people living in developing countries. He is a humanitarian who believes that human beings, irrespective of where they live have the right to have access to the best quality medical care. A brilliant student in school, he won a full scholarship to Duke University, North Carolina where he took up a course in medical anthropology. At Duke’s he had the fortune of studying under the famed anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. His concern for the impoverished people began when he started touring the North Carolina tobacco plantations where he observed the pathetic state of Haitian migrant workers. Determined to help the people of Haiti, he co-founded Partners In Health—a non-profit health care organization—which aimed at bringing the benefits of modern medical science to those who really needed them. The organization which was first started in Boston to help Haitians has now become a world wide organization dedicated to the cause of bringing medical facilities to impoverished people. He has written numerous books on medical science and is currently the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University. He has also served as United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
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Occupation Physicians
Age 64 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 26, 1959 (North Adams, Massachusetts, United States)
Birthday October 26
Town/City North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality United States

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Paul Edward Farmer (born October 26, 1959) is an American Anthropologist and physician who is best known for his humanitarian work providing suitable health care to rural and under-resourced areas in developing countries, beginning in Haiti. Co-founder of an international social justice and health organization, Partners In Health (PIH), he is known as "the man who would cure the world", as described in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.


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. It has developed into a worldwide health organization with a model for providing health care. 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.


Farmer resides in Kigali, Rwanda as of 2008. He is board certified in internal Medicine and infectious disease. He is editor-in-chief of Health and Human Rights Journal. In May 2009, Farmer was nominated to head the U.S. Agency for International Development, but the nomination was withdrawn. In August 2009, Farmer was named United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti (serving under former US President Bill Clinton, in his capacity as Special Envoy), to assist in improving the economic and social conditions of the Caribbean nation.


In October 2009, Farmer gave a lecture titled "Development: Creating Sustainable Justice" at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series.


In May 2009, he was named chairman of Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, succeeding Jim Yong Kim, his longtime friend and collaborator. Kim was appointed as of 2012 President of the World Bank. On December 17, 2010, Harvard University's President, Drew Gilpin Faust, and the President and Fellows of Harvard College, named Farmer as a University Professor, the highest honor that the University can bestow on one of its faculty members.


He was appointed as United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti on December 28, 2012.


On June 11, 2014, Farmer endorsed fellow physician Don Berwick for Governor of Massachusetts.


Author Tracy Kidder wrote Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, which describes Farmer's work in Haiti, Peru, and Russia. It also covers his efforts to balance clinical and academic responsibilities with having a family. The book explores the interactions and conflicts that Farmer faced in continuing to work to secure Health care for the poor in Haiti. The book won several awards. The story of Partners in Health is also told in the 2017 documentary, Bending the Arc.

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