Dr Joanne Liu is the current International President of Médecins Sans Frontières(or Doctors Without Borders, MSF). She was elected President during MSF’s International General Assembly in June 2013.
Dr Joanne Liu was born in Quebec city, Quebec, Canada to her Chinese immigrant family that running a Chinese Restaurant. When she was 13, she was fascinated by “Et la Paix dans le monde docteur”, a book about the MSF physician’s works during the Soviet presence in Afghanistan and dreamt of herself becoming “a doctor without borders”.
Education and Training
During junior college, she went to Mali with Canadian Crossroads International. Dr Liu graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and completed paediatric specialty training in Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine. Going on finished a sub-specialty in pediatric emergency care at Bellevue Hospital Centre in New York University School of Medicine and International Masters in Health Leadership program at McGill University.
Dr Liu started her career with MSF in 1996, when she worked with Malian refugees in Mauritania. Since then, she has provided support after 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, assisted controlling cholera epidemic in Haiti, helped Somali refugees in Kenya, and offering medical assistance in many conflict zones including Palestine, Central African Republic and Sudan’s Darfur region. She also helped develop one of the first programs offering comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence in the Republic of Congo.
From 1999 to 2002, Dr Liu was a programs manager at MSF’s Paris office. Then she worked as the president of the board of directors of MSF in Canada between 2004 and 2009. She helped create and currently co-manages the MSF's telemedicine project, which connects MSF physicians in 150 remote sites with a platform of over 300 medical specialists across the globe. By sending messages to the specialist network, MSF field doctors can receive diagnosis and treatment recommendations for their patients within only few hours.
In addition to her humanitarian commitments, Dr Liu is a full-time Pediatric Emergency Physician at Ste-Justine Hospital in Montreal and at the Health Travel Clinic of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. Besides, she is an associate professor at the Université de Montréal.
- Biography drjoanneliu.com
- Dr. Joanne Liu Elected President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International McGill University: 10 July 2013
- Dr Joanne LIU new International President of MSF www.msf-seasia.org: 10 October 2013
- Joanne Liu: doctor without borders Université de Montréal: 4 September 2013