Jim Yong Kim
Chief, Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School

Jim Yong Kim participated in the World Leaders Forum event, Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS, In June 2006.

Jim Yong Kim is chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, a major Harvard University teaching hospital. The Division's mission is to address health disparities in resource-poor communities through service, training, education and research.

Dr. Kim served as the Division's founding chief and resumed his position in December 2005 after a three-year leave of absence at the World Health Organization (WHO). While on leave, Dr. Kim was director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS department, a post he was appointed to in March 2004 after serving as advisor to the WHO director-general. Dr. Kim oversaw all of WHO's work related to HIV/AIDS, focusing on initiatives to help developing countries scale up their treatment, prevention, and care programs, including the "3x5" initiative designed to put three million people in developing countries on AIDS treatment by the end of 2005.

Dr. Kim has 20 years of experience in improving health in developing countries. He is a founding trustee and the former executive director of Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports a range of health programs in poor communities in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, and the United States.

An expert in tuberculosis, Dr. Kim has chaired or served on a number of committees on international TB policy. He has conducted extensive research into effective and affordable strategies for treating strains of TB that are resistant to standard drugs. While at WHO, Dr. Kim was responsible for coordinating HIV efforts with the TB department.

Dr. Kim, trained dually as a physician and medical anthropologist, holds appointments as professor of medicine and medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Kim is the recipient of a number of professional awards, including a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship. He was a contributing editor to the 2003 and 2004 World Health Report, and his edited volume Dying for Growth: Global Inequity and the Health of the Poor analyzes the effects of economic and political change on health outcomes in developing countries.

Participated In

Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS

Date: June 8, 2006 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
A Symposium in Honor of Allan Rosenfield and His Four Decades of Bold Leadership in Public Health


This World Leaders Forum program addresses public health issues of profound global importance-issues directly related to the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, has pioneered innovative programs in reproductive health, maternal mortality, and the treatment of HIV-infected women, men and children. He has advanced the health and human rights of populations around the world. Presentations and discussions featured foremost public health and policy experts from major international health organizations, the United Nations, leading academic institutions, and distinguished faculty from the Mailman School of Public Health.