Muriel Volpellier, MA, MD


Dr. Muriel Volpellier, MA, MD is a long-time partner of PHR’s work on sexual violence in conflict zones in Central and East Africa and has recently joined our efforts to develop capacity in Iraq for the forensic examination and documentation of international crimes, including sexual violence. Dr. Volpellier provides technical support on training and institutional capacity development.

Dr. Volpellier has more than 20 years of experience working with sexual health, and is currently the lead doctor of forensic medicine at the Haven in London, where she established a new forensic service for victims of sexual assault in 2004. Additionally, she has many years of experience training doctors and nurses in the forensic examination of sexual assault, having assisted PHR in three Istanbul Protocol trainings. Previously, Dr. Volpellier worked as an HIV/AIDS consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières, as a medical expert for the International Council for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, and as a forensic doctor for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in London.

Dr. Volpellier received her medical degree from St. Antoine University Paris III, a Master’s in Languages and Literatures of South East Asia from the University of London, and a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases. She has successfully completed several diploma courses, including teaching French as a foreign language from the University of Cambridge. She is a Member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.

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