Anthropology alumnus Paul Farmer '82 wins Prestigious Maclean Center Ethics Prize

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Paul Farmer

Acclaimed physician and global health worker Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Medical Ethics, the largest such award in the field.

Farmer, who co-founded the pioneering international medical non-profit Partners In Health, will receive the award Nov. 10 during the 29th annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics. After receiving the $50,000 prize, he’ll deliver a lecture about bioethics and the 2013-2106 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The MacLean Center selected Farmer, a medical anthropologist, active researcher, global health advocate and educator, for his decades-long efforts to bring health care to some of the world’s poorest people.

“Dr. Farmer has strong and clear views on ethical issues related to health care,” said Mark Siegler, MD, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery and director of the MacLean Center. “Throughout his career, he’s led by example as a fierce advocate for increasing access to life-saving treatments for the poor while simultaneously dealing with the underlying causes of poverty. His efforts have established the premier model for health care systems in poor communities worldwide.”  Read more.