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Eric L. Krakauer, US

Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, is associate professor of medicine and global health & social medicine at Harvard Medical School, an attending physician in the division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, and honorary chair of the department of Palliative Care at the University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For many years, he and his team have collaborated with WHO and ministries of health, hospitals, and medical schools in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas to help integrate palliative care into health care services and education. 

As a member of the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care, Dr Krakauer led development of a precise method for estimating palliative care need in every country in the world and an essential package of palliative care designed to make effective relief of suffering universally affordable. While medical officer for palliative care at WHO Headquarters, he edited three WHO manuals on integrating palliative care into health care systems, and he continues to serve frequently as a consultant to WHO. In his role as senior health and policy advisor in palliative care for Partners in Health, he has helped integrate palliative care into health care systems for the poor in Rwanda, Malawi, and Haiti. In Rwanda, he also served as a visiting faculty member at the national medical school and an attending physician at Kigali University Teaching Hospital. While on the faculty of the International Pain Policy Fellowship, he assisted Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Rwanda to improve safe accessibility of opioids for pain relief. A former member of the board of directors of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, he now serves as a fellow of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.


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