About This Program

Our Dual Mission

  • To improve diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in resource-poor settings.
  • To train providers at home and abroad in delivering high-quality dermatologic care to those most in need

Who We Are

Esther Freeman, MD
Dr. Esther Freeman, MD PhD, is a dermatologist and epidemiologist, specializing in global health dermatology.

Dr. Esther Freeman M.D. Ph.D. is a dermatologist and epidemiologist, specializing in global health dermatology. She is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Global Health Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Chair of the International Alliance of Global Health Dermatology (GLODERM). She has worked to improve healthcare, especially those affected by HIV, in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and southeast Asia since 2003. She has collaborated with the World Health Organization since 2011, to establish guidelines for the treatment of HIV-associated skin conditions in the developing world. She has won the American Academy of Dermatology’s Member Making a Difference Award, as well as the most highly cited author in the area of epidemiology in AIDS in 2009. Her current work centers around HIV associated skin disease and HIV associated cancer. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Dermatology Foundation, the American Skin Association, the Harvard Center for AIDS Research, and the Medical Dermatology Society. 

Where We Collaborate

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Kenya: Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya

Uganda: Infectious Disease Institute, Kampala, Uganda

Uganda: Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Mbarara, Uganda

Nigeria: Institute of Human Virology, Abuja, Nigeria

Switzerland: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

South Africa: Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa

Learn More About What We Do

Dermatology is expanding its role globally by creating awareness of the disparites in care globally and by training healthcare workers  in underserved areas to help improve healthcare, especially those patients affected by HIV.   

Links to our work:

Editorial: Expanding the Role of Dermatology in the World Health Organization and Beyond
World Health Organiztion (WHO) Guidelines
Dr.  Freeman Publications at PubMed
Skin Health Matters: A Patient's Story
New York Times 2017: As Cancer Tears Through Africa

Resources for Trainees

MGH Center for Global Health Travel Awards
American Academy of Dermatology Resident International Award

Mass General Global Health Home


You Can Help

You can help make high quality diagnosis and treatment a reality for those suffering from skin disease in one of the most impoverished communities worldwide. To learn more about our program, email us at GlobalHealthDerm@partners.org.