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UH mourns health justice advocate who inspired Hawaiʻi’s medical community

The University of Hawaiʻi joins mourners across the globe honoring the life of internationally acclaimed medical anthropologist Paul Farmer. The 62-year-old public health champion died unexpectedly on February 21 just days after he delivered an online lecture as part of the UH Better Tomorrow Speaker Series. A cause of death has not yet been released. Farmer co-founded Partners in Health and dedicated his career to providing high-quality medical care in some of the world’s most impoverished communities.

“Among the 8 billion of us on this planet, only a handful have had an impact like Paul Farmer,” expressed Robert Perkinson, associate professor of American Studies at UH Mānoa and coordinator of the university’s Better Tomorrow Speaker series. “We grieve this loss for Dr. Farmer’s family, friends, colleagues, patients and for all of us. The world is poorer without him.” Read more.