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Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2022
Fellow in Medicine
BioI am an infectious disease fellow and post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine & the Woods Institute for the Environment with interests in emerging infections, infectious disease epidemiology, and global health equity. Current projects include: reducing home-based transmission of SARS CoV 2 through improving air filtration/ventilation; Monkeypox epidemiology/ response work.
I completed my residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and as a graduate of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. I earned my MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where I served as Student Body President; an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and my undergraduate degree w/ distinction from Yale University in political science, where I was a Yale Journalism Scholar.
From February to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to Dr. Monica Bharel, MA Commissioner of Public Health. From November to January 2021, I worked as a research consultant to the WHO commissioned Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response on Covid-19 epidemiology. I also served as a research assistant for the Harvard College Fall course on Covid-19 and epidemics. Furthermore, I was involved in Biden-Harris campaign's Covid-19 policy writing for school reopenings. Prior to this, I studied epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on rural pathogens, including Ebola. In 2018, I co-founded Longsleeve insect repellent, winner of the 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Harvard President's Challenge, which we hope will have a notable impact on curbing transmission of vector-borne epidemic outbreaks. I also led the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics theme issue on pandemic response, published in January 2020. I have peer-reviewed for the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; and JAMA.
My previous work over the past 14 years has included various projects in Latin America (Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic), Asia (India, Thailand), and Sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique). In 2011-2012, as a Yale Parker Huang Fellow, I conducted an anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational sex work in Hyderabad and Delhi. I am also interested in the intersection between medical ethics and global health (particularly neocolonialism). I participated as a medical fellow in Auschwitz studying the history of the Holocaust for the FASPE program in 2016; and led the AMA Journal of Ethics twice (2016-17 on international healthcare systems; 2019-20 on pandemic response).
Since January 2019, I have also been a columnist at the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, I co-edited the book, "Protecting the Health of the Poor", which was published in December 2015. I have authored works in the NEJM, The Lancet, The BMJ, Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, NPR, WaPo, Vox, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Scientific American, Huffpost, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications. Press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, ProPublica, WSJ, TIME, TMZ, Science Friday, Medium, The Verge, Politico, CBC News, MTV News, Democracy Now, NPR, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Hill, Business Insider, Vice, Mother Jones, Boston Magazine, Vox, Healthline, Forbes, Slate, STAT News, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020), and others