PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a renowned physician and researcher and newly elected president of Dartmouth College, will give the 10th annual Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Kim’s talk, “Global Health and Human Rights: A Time for Change,” is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Andrews Dining Hall on the Pembroke Campus at Brown University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Brown University’s Program in Public Health, the Rhode Island Public Health Association, and the Pfizer Partnerships in Public Health Lecture Series are sponsoring the event.
Kim, a 1982 Brown University graduate, is trained both as a physician and medical anthropologist. He has 20 years of experience working on improving overall health in developing countries. At the World Health Organization (WHO), Kim spent three years earlier this decade overseeing WHO’s international treatment, prevention and care programs for HIV/AIDS, focusing on initiatives for developing countries.
He is also a founding trustee and the former executive director of Partners in Health, a nonprofit that supports health programs in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho and the United States, focused on poor communities.
Kim who is an expert in tuberculosis, has also chaired or served on committees on international TB policy.
Kim, 49, earned his A.B. from Brown in 1982 and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Among his numerous honors, he was awarded a McArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2003. TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006, and US News & World Report named him one of America’s 25 best leaders in 2005.
At Harvard, where he has held appointments at both the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, Kim is leading an initiative in global health delivery. The project is designed to discover and share knowledge about how best to launch health programs in poor communities.
The Barnes Lectureship was established 10 years ago in honor of the late Dr. Frederick W. Barnes Jr., M.D., Ph.D., and his late wife, Catherine. Barnes was professor emeritus of medical science.
Each year the Barnes Lecture focuses on an issue important to public health, looking particularly at the interface between medicine and society.
James S. Zisson ’74 established the annual event in memory of Norma and Miles Zisson of the Class of 1938.