Part of the working group of leaders in global surgery representing major institutions which Kletjian Foundation collaborates with on a regular basis.


Dr. Mark Shrime

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS, is the Research Director at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He works clinically as an otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is a contributor to the Disease Control Priorities surgical volume, an author on the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, and a member of the Global Burden of Disease 2013-2015 expert panel.


Dr. Shrime received his MD from the University of Texas in 2001, completed an otolaryngology residency through Columbia and Cornell, and received fellowships in head and neck surgical oncology and in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Toronto.  He went on to get an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD in health policy from Harvard in 2015, where his dissertation focused on financial risk and equity in surgery.

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Since 2008, Dr. Shrime has been working as a surgeon with Mercy Ships throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and Saudi Arabia. Academically, his primary focus is on global surgical delivery, where he has a specific interest in the intersection of health and impoverishment.  His work aims to determine optimal policies and platforms for surgical delivery that maximize health benefits while simultaneously minimizing the risk of financial catastrophe faced by patients and families attempting to access surgical care.

Learn more about Dr. Shrime, his clinical interests, and his research here: