A public health physician at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, who is on leave from Harvard Medical School, has been named a MacArthur fellow.
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., is one of 24 fellows, each of whom will receive $500,000, according to an announcement Sunday from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Kim, age 43, formulated new models for containing multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, a disease once considered by major health organizations to be untreatable in some settings around the world, the foundation says in a release.
"His protocol for community supervision of directly observed treatment of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russian prisons and in Peruvian ghettos has resulted in dramatic increases in successful outcomes," the foundation says.
"Kim's innovations extend beyond treatment design to include international policy prescription and economical procurement of the drugs," the announcement adds. "His vision has inspired local communities, world health organizations, political leaders, and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate productively."
At the World Health Organization, Kim is mapping new and effective strategies for international health leadership in tuberculosis, AIDS, and other infectious diseases.
At Harvard, Kim is chief of the division of social medicine and health inequalities and director of the program in infectious disease and social change.