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Dr. Paul Park, MD, MSc

April 4th,
6:30 - 7:00pm
Implementing equitable access to non-communicable disease care

About Dr. Park

Paul H. Park, MD, MSc is the Chief Mission Officer at Lifelong: Health for All and holds appointments in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. As Chief Mission Officer, Dr. Park leads the local non-profit in addressing the social determinants of health as a means to achieve health equity for communities of color, immigrants, and other underserved populations.

Dr. Park’s research to date has focused on implementation science surrounding novel, rural care delivery piloting and scale-up for diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases in resource-poor settings. In addition, he has focused on the implementation and evaluation of e-health tools and CHW initiatives for both monitoring and care delivery purposes in the community setting. His current research interests include evaluating novel social interventions addressing the social determinants of health among vulnerable patient populations facing chronic disease in western Washington. Dr. Park previously completed NIH fellowships with Fogarty International Center and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Dr. Park previously worked at Partners In Health for eight years, including four years in Rwanda as a clinician at Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence and Rwinkwavu District Hospital, Community Health Implementation Specialist, and later as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Chronic Disease. He then served as the Director of Implementation for the NCD Synergies project supporting the implementation and evaluation of PEN-Plus, a novel outpatient care delivery model for non-communicable diseases, in Rwanda, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Before beginning his experience in Rwanda, Dr. Park worked on implementation research surrounding community-based models of delivery in both diabetes mellitus and MDR-TB for two years with AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya.

In addition to clinical work in East Africa, Dr. Park practiced primary care internal medicine for the Indian Health Service in Navajo Nation and the Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit for five years. Dr. Park is the founder of the Timmy Global Health – Pop-Wuj NGO-based partnership in Xela, Guatemala and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). Dr. Park earned his MD from Indiana University and his MSc in Global Health at Duke University. He completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health at Duke University.