Empowering Health Professionals as Human Rights Advocates

PHR’s senior medical advisor, Dr. Ranit Mishori, moderated a discussion on advocacy and the health professions, including how to become an advocate and activist, the debate over whether health professionals should use their platform for advocacy, engagement opportunities, and how to balance this work with other professional and family obligations.

Our panelists were:

  • Alejandro Moreno, MBBS, MPH, JD, FACP, assistant dean and director of the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School’s department of medical education and associate professor of medicine, who frequently testifies as an expert witness in cases involving human rights violations
  • Michelle Munyikwa, PhD, an MD candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who has conducted fieldwork on migration, politics, and equity and is co-chair of the PHR Student Advisory Board
  • Rachel Pearson, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and medical humanities at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Ford Foundation Global Fellow
  • Sural Shah, MD, MPH, chief of the division of primary care at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of internal medicine-pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a member of PHR’s Asylum Network

The conversation was moderated by Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, senior medical advisor at PHR. She is a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves as interim chief public health officer of Georgetown University.

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