Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Paul Farmer: In conversation with U-M colleagues who knew him well

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

U-M School of Nursing

Room 2250

Event: 6-7:30 p.m. | Reception: 7:30-8 p.m.

A special event for the U-M global health community

Physician. Advocate. Humanitarian. Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, was these things and more. Join friends from across the institution for a special event examining Dr. Farmer’s life, legacy, and impact on health disparities around the world.

Led by U-M colleagues who knew, worked with and learned from Dr. Farmer, our discussion will be interspersed with clips of the documentary Bending the Arc, which details the history of Partners in Health from its founding in Haiti through its later work in Peru and Rwanda. Panelists will discuss how they came to know Dr. Farmer, lessons learned from him, and his outsized influence on the work in their fields.


John Ayanian, MD, MPP
Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy
Director,  Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Medical school classmate and lifelong friend of Dr. Farmer

Michele Heisler, MD, MPP
Professor of Internal Medicine Health Behavior and Health Education Medical
Director, Physicians for Human Rights
Former Student and mentee of Dr. Farmer

V Koski-Karell
MD/PhD Anthropology Candidate, U-M Medical School
Former Partners in Health Research Assistant and mentee of Dr. Farmer

School of Nursing Clinical Instructor Megan Eagle, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, will moderate

About Dr. Farmer: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, was Kolokotrones university professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, where he pioneered community-based treatment strategies that demonstrated the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

About Bending the Arc: Released in 2017, the full-length documentary tells the story Dr. Farmer and his Partners in Health co-founders, Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl, and the groundbreaking global health movement they established. The film is available to stream via Netflix and is also available to U-M community members to stream on-demand through the University of Michigan Library.