Program Leader, Global Health Initiative
Dr. Kristian Olson is on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an Inpatient Clinical Educator in the Department of Medicine. He trained in the Harvard Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He is on the MGH Executive Committee for Global Health and is a Faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. In October 2006, he assumed the role as Program Leader of CIMIT's Global Health Initiative directed at developing effective catalyst health technologies for low-income countries. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University as a Justin Potter Scholar and, in 1996, was a US Fulbright Scholar to Australia where he completed a Masters of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology and International Health. In 2003, Dr. Olson was the first Thomas S. Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine during which he obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London before spending most of 2003 working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese Border. In 2005, he worked with the American Refugee Committee in Darfur. Since 2005 he has worked as a consultant with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Tsunami-affected regions of Sumatra. He has also worked on health projects in Cambodia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. He was named as one of the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll in June 2009 which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.