Faculty Deans

Mercedes Becerra and Salmaan KeshavjeeSalmaan Keshavjee

Salmaan is a physician, a medical anthropologist, and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also an affiliate Professor in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  His anthropology research has focused on neoliberalism and how it has shaped global health over the last 75 years, and his health delivery research has focused on eliminating tuberculosis, an airborne bacterial disease that still kills more than 5,000 people every day.  Salmaan grew up in Calgary, Canada, and is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  He completed a master’s degree in Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  He left Harvard for a short while to study Medicine at Stanford, and then came back to Boston for his internal medicine residency at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  He has spent considerable time working in Tajikistan, Russia, Lesotho, Geneva, Dubai, and Peru.  He enjoys hiking, long walks and music.  And as you’ll find, he loves to chat and hang out, and secretly wishes he had gone to law school.  

Mercedes Becerra

Mercedes is an epidemiologist and also a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She goes by both the nicknames Meche or Mercy.  Her research has focused on treating tuberculosis and working to drive out this preventable infectious disease at the community level.  She has collaborated with Partners In Health for 25+ years and worked with tuberculosis care delivery teams in communities around the world including in Peru, Haiti, Russia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, and Pakistan. Mercedes was born in Peru, grew up in Miami, FL (where her family spoke only Spanish at home), and is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College. She has been a yoga beginner for many years, and is eager to share tips with others who are starting out. She loves to discuss history and ideas about freedom and solidarity. She also loves to listen to music (and to dance).

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