Ranit Mishori is PHR’s senior medical advisor. She is a professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and currently serves as Georgetown University’s Chief Public Health Officer, helping lead their COVID-19 response. A former journalist, she has built a multi-dimensional career that includes academia, scholarship, clinical care, mentorship, and leadership roles in public health, global health, medical education, the care of underserved populations, and human rights.
Dr. Mishori has been a champion of migrant health for the past two decades, through intensive engagement in various activities, including clinical care of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the primary care setting, documentation of human rights violations affecting forced migrants domestically and abroad, education, and scholarship on these issues. She has been at the forefront of international and national discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on migrant populations and the health consequences of forced migration and associated human rights issues. Her specific areas of interest and expertise include sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) including FGM/C, forensic evaluations of asylum seekers, incarceration and health, and health in conflict zones.
Dr. Mishori has been a member of PHR’s Asylum Network since 2006, has served as an expert consultant to PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones since 2011, and has served as the faculty advisor to Georgetown University’s Asylum Program since its inception in 2014.
At PHR, she provides technical and medical expertise to multiple programs, in particular the Asylum Program, the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, and the MediCapt project. She has been deeply involved in PHR’s COVID-19 response, in training and curriculum development, and in research development and dissemination.
Dr. Mishori graduated from the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in International Health (Disease Control and Prevention Track) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an MSt candidate at Oxford University’s International Human Rights Law program.