Dr. Krakauer is Associate Professor of Medicine and of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and a practicing internist and palliative medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital where he also co-chairs the clinical ethics committee. He has been working in Vietnam since 2001 when he founded the Vietnam-CDC-Harvard Medical School AIDS Partnership (VCHAP) to provide training and technical assistance in HIV/AIDS treatment to Vietnam’s physicians and nurses in partnership with the Ministry of Health and thereby to help enable introduction and scale-up of anti- retroviral therapy. As Director of International Programs at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care since 2005, he has assisted Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, cancer centers, major general hospitals, and medical schools to integrate palliative care services and training into the country’s healthcare and health education systems. He also serves as Senior Technical and Policy Advisor for Palliative Care with Partners In Health, a Boston-based NGO. In this role, he is helping to integrate palliative care into public cancer and non-communicable disease treatment programs in Rwanda, Malawi, and Haiti.
Dr. Krakauer has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Faculty Scholar of the Project on Death in America, a Consultant to the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Open Society Foundations, and a Consultant to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University of Bangladesh. Currently, he serves on the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control & Palliative Care, on the World Health Organization Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Group on Palliative Care, on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care, and on the International Expert Collaborative of the International Pain Policy Fellowship . He has lectured and published on integration of palliative care into the public health care systems of Vietnam, Nepal, Malawi, and Rwanda and on clinical and ethical issues in implementation of palliative care in low- and middle-income countries. He also studies and publishes on palliative and end-of-life care for ethnic minority patients in the US, and he has contributed numerous book chapters on palliative care to medical and palliative medicine textbooks.