Physician and Medical Anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer to Deliver the 2016 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture


Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, who is a founding director and chief strategist of the international nonprofit organization Partners In Health, will deliver the 2016 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. The title of his talk is "Against Balkanization: Research + Training + Care = Global Health Equity​." The event is co-sponsored by NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Fogarty Intern​ational Center.


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Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer is well known for dedicating his life to improving the health of the world’s poorest people. As a medical anthropologist and physician who co-directs Partners In Health, he provides health care services, conducts research, and advocates on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Over the past 28 years, Partners In Health has expanded operations from the original site in Haiti to 10 other countries around the world. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel community-based strategies to deliver high-quality health care in low-resource settings.

“Haiti taught me that poverty, inequality, and political turmoil lead inevitably to poor health outcomes among the vulnerable.”​

Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also is the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer earned an MD and PhD from Harvard University in 1990.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 12 pm


Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Campus, Bethesda, Md. View NIH Campus Visitor Information.


Dr. David Edward Barmes

 The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Prior to joining NIDCR, Dr. Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist by training, served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva. The lecture series was established by the NIDCR and Fogarty in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries.

NIH videos of previous David E. Barmes Global Health Lectures are available.

Event Resources

The November 16 lecture is free and open to the public; sign language interpretation will be provided.

The lecture will be videocast live and archived.​

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July 2018

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