The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission is hosted in the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School with support from NCD Synergies of Partners In Health.
Gene Bukhman (MD, PhD) is a cardiologist and medical anthropologist. He co-chairs the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission and directs the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease (NCDs) and Social Change at Harvard Medical School which hosts the secretariat for the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission. Dr. Bukhman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health and Social Medicine. He is also the Senior Health and Policy Advisor on NCDs at Partners In Health (PIH) where he directs the NCD Synergies project. He is an attending cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Division and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital
During the late 1990s, Dr. Bukhman studied the politics of tuberculosis control in the Former Soviet Union, during which time he served as a consultant to Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organization.
For the past 15 years, his career has focused on the NCD and injury burden among those living in extreme poverty, with a particular focus on low-income countries. In 2009, he received the American Heart Association's National Scientist Development Award. He has been the Senior Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health of Rwanda since 2010, and has worked with NCD divisions in the Health Ministries of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, and Malawi through the NCD Synergies project, which he founded and directs. He has been an invited speaker on more than 60 occasions. He is lead author and editor of the PIH Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic NCDs (2011). He has been an author on more than 25 publications in scientific journals, including the Lancet. He has been a reviewer for more than a dozen medical journals. In 2011, the University of Arizona Honors College, named him Alumnus of the Year. In 2015, the World Health Organization's Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs selected Dr. Bukhman as an independent expert to the financing working group.
Neil Gupta (MD, MPH) is an internist, pediatrician, and public health specialist who currently serves as Clinical Director for the NCD Synergies Project and the Lancet Commission for Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion. He has previously worked as Chief Medical Officer for Partners In Health in Rwanda, where he was responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of clinical programs provided in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gupta is Primary Investigator for the Simplifying Hepatitis C Antiviral Therapy for Elsewhere in the Developing World study, which aims to promote access and availability of Hepatitis C treatment, and the Population Health Implementation & Training grant in rural Rwanda. He is a lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and leads strategic planning for the university’s teaching hospital. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, and he completed his residency training at Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospitals. He is currently an Associate Physician of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Andrew Marx is Program Manager for the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, which serves as the Secretariat for the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission. Before joining the Program, Andrew worked for over 25 years as writer/editor, communications specialist, and program manager with organizations dedicated to global health, social justice, and equitable and sustainable development, including seven years as Director of Communications for Partners In Health, three years as Deputy Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, and nine years as Chief of the Public Information and Multimedia unit at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Andrew got his start in journalism and communications working at an activist news agency (Liberation News Service) for seven years, including one year reporting from Africa, and later led editorial and information technology projects at the New York Times Company for 11 years.
Prior to joining the Program for Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School Claire served as a 2015-2016 Global Health Corps Fellow in Newark, New Jersey where she managed a free children’s mental health and family services center at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. Claire completed her undergraduate studies in biological sciences at the University of California in spring 2015 where she worked as a Student Health Educator. She also coordinated the Willow Clinic, a free medical and psychiatric clinic in the Sacramento Salvation Army homeless shelter. While at UCD, Claire also studied child and adolescent health in La Paz, Bolivia and worked as a wilderness guide on the Northern California coast. Claire hopes to develop a career focused on advancing mental health equity and destigmatization.
Amy joined the PIH NCD Synergies team in September 2016 as a Communications & Advocacy Coordinator. She earned a MA in International Development with a focus in global health from Sciences Po while working with ActionAid Ghana and UNESCO. Prior to her graduate studies, Amy worked in in both rural and urban development in Ghana promoting primary and higher educational opportunities for traditionally marginalized communities. She completed a Bachelors of Social Welfare from the University of Washington while working with low-income immigrant communities in Seattle, and young adults facing homelessness.
Chris Noble (MPH) is a Program Coordinator for NCD Synergies at Partners in Health. He joined the team in February 2016 while finishing his Masters in Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health concentrating in Global Health and Access to Medicines with a BA in Integrative Biology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Chris has worked with a number of NGOs in access and global development including Universities Allied for Essential Medicines on their North American Coordinating Committee and All Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad as their In-Country Liaison for their Dominican Republic and Haiti grassroots diabetes education programs. Chris comes to NCD Synergies with a passion to support people’s access to NCD health resources globally that stems from his own diagnosis of type one diabetes over 20 years ago.
Maia Olsen (MPH) is a Program Manager for NCD Synergies at Partners In Health. She holds an MPH in International Health from Boston University and a BA in Anthropology and Global Development Studies from Grinnell College. She has been working with Global Oncology since January 2013, serving as project leader for the Patient Education Materials project, and assisting with the GO-QECH Malawi partnership and GO Talks. She was named a 2013 Summer Graduate Fellow for the BU Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, conducting research on the links between policy and advocacy for HIV/AIDS and NCDs and the feasibility of cancer control efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. She comes to NCD Synergies with a background in non-profit program administration and resource development.