P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Salmaan Keshavjee, 1999

Director, Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai

Salmaan Keshavjee is an immigrant from Kenya

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

Salmaan Keshavjee is an associate professor in the Departments of Global Health and Social Medicine and of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  He is currently the Director of Harvard Medical School's Center for Global Health Delivery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  

Salmaan was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His family, which immigrated to Canada, is from South Africa.

Salmaan graduated from Queens University in Canada, and subsequently attended Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies in 1998, an MA in Middle Eastern studies in 1995, and an MSc in tropical public health in 1993. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 2001.

Salmaan's doctoral dissertation focused on the political economy of health and social change in post-Soviet Tajikistan.  It was published as a book, Blind Spot: How neoliberalism infiltrated global health, by the University of California Press in 2014.  

Salmaan's current research focuses on drug-resistant tubeculosis.  He has worked with the Boston-based non-profit Partners In Health in Russia, Lesotho, and Peru.  He currently is working with a number of civil society groups, including a non-governmental organization which he co-founded, Advance Access & Delivery, on the Zero TB Cities initative, a program whose aim is to rapidly drive down deaths from tuberculosis globally.  


  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2001
  • PhD Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies | Harvard University 1998
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies | Harvard University 1995
  • MSc Immunology, Tropical Public Health | Harvard University 1993
  • BS Biochemistry | Queen's University Belfast 1991
Work History
  • Harvard Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai, Director
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