Bio

*currently working as an independent consultant to the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response*

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I am an internal medicine doctor at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I'm also part of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. I earned my MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where I served as Student Body President; an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and my undergraduate degree w/ distinction from Yale in political science, where I was a Yale Journalism Scholar.

Within global health more specifically, over the past three years, I have been studying epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on Ebola. In 2018, I co-founded Longsleeve insect repellent, winner of the 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Harvard President's Challenge, which we hope will have a notable impact on curbing transmission of vector-borne epidemic outbreaks. I also led the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics theme issue on pandemic response, published in January 2020; and I am a peer-reviewer for the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal. From February 2020 to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to the Commissioner of Public Health. 

My previous work over the past 13 years has included various projects/experiences in Latin America (Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic), Asia (India, Thailand), and Sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique). In 2011-2012, as a Yale Parker Huang Fellow, I conducted an anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational sex work in Hyderabad and Delhi.

I have authored works in the NEJM, The Lancet, The BMJ, Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, NPR, WaPo, Vox, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Huffpost, the Boston Globe, and other major publications. Since January 2019, I have also been a columnist at the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, I co-edited the book, "Protecting the Health of the Poor", which was released in December 2015.

I have a notable interest and experience in medical ethics, having served as a medical fellow in Auschwitz studying the history of the holocaust for the FASPE program in 2016; and having led the AMA Journal of Ethics twice (2016-17 on international healthcare systems; 2019-20 on pandemic response).

For my work, I'm honored to have recently been named a 2020 40 Under 40 Leader in Health by the National Minority Quality Forum, 2018 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator by MedTech Boston, as well as a 2018 STAT News Wunderkind.

Press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, NPR, BBC, PBS, CBS, Washington Post, The Verge, Politico, CBC News, MTV News, Medium, The Hill, Business Insider, Vice, Vox, Healthline, Forbes, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020).

Email: abk655@mail.harvard.edu