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 Prof. Christopher JL Murray, Dir, EIP, WHO-Geneva


 

Prof. Christopher JL Murray is an extraordinarily brilliant intellectual. Dr. Murray was the recipient of the prestigious Rhode scholarship and the Harvard thesis prize. After graduating from the well known Harvard College, Chris did his doctoral studies in International Health Economics at the Oxford University, England. Later he studied medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is a fitting symbol of interdisciplinary work for improvement of the health systems and state of health in the world.

 

Dr. Murray has been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Later he joined as a faculty at Harvard University and was awarded tenure professorship at a very early age. Dr. Murray did path breaking work in development of summary measures of health status and its application for priority setting in the health sector. His seminal work of global disease burden estimates was published in the World Bank's World Development Report, 1993 which was devoted to the health sector. Since then many revisions and updates of Global disease burden have been published. Chris has engendered a series of activities all over the world on informed health policy making and priority setting. His passion and commitment to facilitate more informed health policy making is now eminently recognized by the World Health Organization. It is heartening to note that the WHO thought it proper to start a new initiative of Global Program of Evidence for Health Policy and invited Dr. Murray to be at the head of this effort. Dr. Murray is currently the Director, Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy at the World Health Organization.

 
Institution and location Degree Year(s) Field of study
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. AB 1984 Biology
Oxford University, England Dphil 1987 Intl. Health Economics
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA MD 1991 Medicine
 

Academic Appointments

1991-1994

Assistant Professor of International Health Economics, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

1994-1998

Associate Professor of International Health Economics, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

1998

Professor of International Health Economics, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

1994

Director, Burden of Disease Unit, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

 

Postdoctoral Training

1989-1991

Research Fellow, Department of Population Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health and Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University

1991-1995

Resident in Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

1993-1996

Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brockton / West Roxbury VA Medical

 

Honors and Awards

1983 Rhodes Scholar
1983 Marshall Scholar (declined)
1984 T.Hoopes Prize (Harvard thesis prize)
1990-92 MacArthur Fellow
 

Professional Memberships, Committees and Other Relevant Experience

1987-1990

Staff Economist, Commission on Health Research for Development

1992-1993

Member of the World Development Report 1993; Investing in Health writing team

1992-1996

Chairman, World Health Organization Steering Committee on Tuberculosis Operational Research

1995-1996

Chair. Working Group 1. WHO Ad Hoc Committee on Health Research Relating to Future Intervention Options

1996

Member, Technical and Research Advisory Committee, Global Program on Tuberculosis, World Health Organization

1998

Director, Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, World Health Organization

 
 

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