Global Health Dermatology
Improving skin health for vulnerable populations around the globe.
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.
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
Dermatology is expanding its role globally by creating awareness of the disparities 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 Organization (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