Bio

Dr. Abraar Karan is an internal medicine resident at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. He recently completed an MPH at Harvard in the department of Health Policy and Management where he was a member of the Chan/Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership Walker Study Group and the Chan Leadership Lab. He graduated from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2016, where he served as Student Body President and completed the Global Health Pathway. His primary interest is in global health, particularly health politics and health systems strengthening with a focus on the socioeconomic and ethical aspects of care delivery. He has worked throughout Latin America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

His work has been featured in The Lancet, Academic Medicine, The BMJ, NPR, The Journal of Global Health, PLoS Translational Global Health, JGIM, Annals of Family Medicine, JAAD, and other major publications. His book, Protecting the Health of the Poor, was released in December 2015. He is also an avid journalist, focusing on topics in medical education and medical humanities-- he regularly contributes to Kevin MD, The Health Care Blog, The Global Health Hub and several other outlets.

Abraar graduated with distinction in Political Science from Yale University in 2011, where he was honored as a Yale Journalism Scholar and the recipient of over a dozen fellowships and scholarships. At Yale, Abraar was the first dual Editor-in-Chief of both the Yale Journal of Public Health and the Yale Journal of Medicine and Law. He was the winner of the prestigious Parker Huang Fellowship, which funded a one-year anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational prostitution in Hyderabad and Delhi. 

Abraar enjoys classical Indian music and dance, growing up playing tabla and dhol, as well as dancing bhangra nationally with the Yale bhangra team. In his free time, he loves photography, travel, and writing poetry.