The Boston Globe: A Conversation with Dr. Howard Hiatt

By Chelsea Conaby in The Boston Globe

If Partners in Health founder Dr. Paul Farmer had been recruiting someone to help him and colleagues create a first-of-its-kind physician training program in global health, these are the qualities he would have looked for: Experience caring for patients, not just in academics. A resume that showed leadership. And, ideally, a history in building a new medical field from scratch.

“He would really have to be sweet and avuncular and love mentoring,” Farmer said. “And throw in indefatigable.”

It was his good fortune that Dr. Howard Hiatt, the man who in the early 2000s pledged his help to Farmer and Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Yong Kim, possessed those attributes and more, Farmer said.