MD, Harvard University
Eduardo Hariton is an immigrant from Venezuela
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University
EDUARDO HARITON was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to parents of Jewish Eastern European descent. His grandfather, a former surgeon who traveled to remote areas of Venezuela to provide medical care to the poor, served as an enduring role model for Eduardo. The family escaped the instability and crime of Venezuela to settle in south Florida when Eduardo was 15. Quickly learning English, he entered the University of Florida, where he earned a BS in biology. He served as Associate Director of Research for a study assessing efforts to promote culturally sensitive health care. He also volunteered at the university's clinic for the homeless and uninsured. Eduardo entered Harvard Medical School in the fall of 2010. In his first year he was active in analyzing enrollment patterns in hospitals and successfully recommended steps that would lower barriers to minority admissions. He co-founded the first university-wide Latino student organization and served as its first president. Eduardo has worked to increase Latino students access to a range of the university's resources. During the summer of 2011 he travelled to Rwanda as part of a high-level team that helped the Ministry of Health develop a national plan for cancer treatment.