Joia Mukherjee

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Joia Mukherjee
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Born Joia Stapleton Mukherjee
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Medical Doctor
Master of Public Health
Associate Professor
Known for Academia
Community service
Global healthcare

Joia Stapleton Mukherjee (born 1964), M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor with the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine [1] at Harvard Medical School. Since 2000, she has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health, an international medical non-profit found by Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Kim with clinical programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Lesotho, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, and inner-city Boston. She trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and has an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Mukherjee has been involved in health care access and human rights issues since 1989, and she consults for the World Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and MDR-TB in developing countries. Her scholarly work focuses on the human rights aspect of HIV treatment and on the implementation of complex health interventions in resource-poor settings.

Personal Life[edit]

Joia Mukherjee was raised in Huntington, New York. As the daughter of an Indian father and American mother, she found herself exposed to issues of global poverty and social injustice, at a young age. In 1972, at the age of eight, she traveled to India where she found herself outraged by squalid conditions of poverty.[1] Mukherjee’s passion to combat poverty and injustice continued throughout her early years and was fostered through action and academic pursuit. Having served populations of the world’s poorest and witnessed first-hand the global injustices that plague so many, Mukherjee finds much needed motivation and enjoyment in singing, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.


Joia Mukherjee completed her undergraduate degree in 1985 in Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1992, Mukherjee graduated from Medical School at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She began her Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and interrupted her residency to work on HIV prevention in rural Uganda. She completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she remained to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Disease. In 2001, Mukherjee completed a Masters of Public Health in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Dr. Mukherjee holds Faculty Academic Appointments at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mukherjee has also served as an Executive Board Member for Physicians for Human Rights, Health Action AIDS Campaign; a consultant for the Harvard Medical School Vietnam-CDC-Harvard AIDS Partnership; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Village Health Works, Tiyatien Health, and Project Muso. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health. She also holds the role of Director of the Partners in Health Institute for Health and Social Justice and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Mukherjee has also served on several local, national, and international committees, such as the World Health Organization Green Light Committee on the Treatment of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis, the Infectious Disease Society of America Committee on International Infectious Diseases, and the World Health Organization Technical Reference Group (TRG) on Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment. In addition to holding membership in the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Public Health Association, and the International AIDS Society, Dr. Mukherjee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Dr. Joia Mukherjee has been honored for her work in the fields of academia, global healthcare, and community service through several important honors and awards. In 2006, Dr. Mukherjee was recognized by Heifer International as Hero of Humanity for her outstanding service. A handful of other awards include honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Ripon College, the Marshall Wolf Award in Medical Education from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity, and the Drapkin Award for Humanism in Medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Research Publications[edit]

  1. 1. Altfeld M, Rosenberg ES, Shankarappa R, Mukherjee JS, Hecht FM, Eldridge RL, Addo MM, Poon SH, Phillips MN, Robbins GK, Sax PE, Boswell S, Kahn JO, Brander C, Goulder PJ, Levy JA, Mullins JI, Walker BD. Cellular immune responses and viral diversity in individuals treated during acute and early HIV-1 infection. J Exp Med. 2001;193(2):169-80.
  2. 2 Goulder PJ, Altfeld MA, Rosenberg ES, Nguyen T, Tang Y, Eldridge RL, Addo MM, He S, Mukherjee JS, Phillips MN, Bunce M, Kalams SA, Sekaly RP, Walker BD, Brander C. Substantial differences in specificity of HIV-specific cytotoxic T cells in acute and chronic HIV infection. J Exp Med. 2001;193(2):181-94.
  3. 3. Mukherjee JS, Joseph JK, Rich ML, Shin SS, Furin JJ, Seung KJ, Sloutsky A, Socci AR, Vanderwarker C, Vasquez L, Palacios E, Guerra D, Viru FA, Farmer P, Del Castillo HE. Clinical and programmatic considerations in the treatment of MDR-TB in children: a series of 16 patients from Lima, Peru. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2003;7(7):637-44.
  4. 4. Walton DA, Farmer PE, Lambert W, Léandre F, Koenig SP, Mukherjee JS. Integrated HIV prevention and care strengthens primary health care: lessons from rural Haiti. J Public Health Policy. 2004;25(2):137-58.
  5. 5. Seung KJ, Joseph K, Hurtado R, Rich M, Shin S, Furin J, Leandre F, Mukherjee J, Farmer P. Number of drugs to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;169(12):1336-7; author reply 1337.
  6. 6. Smith Fawzi MC, Lambert W, Singler JM, Tanagho Y, Léandre F, Nevil P, Bertrand D, Claude MS, Bertrand J, Louissaint M, Jeannis L, Mukherjee JS, Goldie S, Salazar JJ, Farmer PE. Factors associated with forced sex among women accessing health services in rural Haiti: implications for the prevention of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Soc Sci Med. 2005;60(4):679-89.
  7. 7. Rich ML, Socci AR, Mitnick CD, Nardell EA, Becerra MC, Bonilla C, Bayona J, Seung KJ, Furin J, Farmer PE, Mukherjee JS. Representative drug susceptibility patterns for guiding design of retreatment regimens for MDR-TB. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2006;10(3):290-6.
  8. 8. Smith Fawzi MC, Lambert W, Singler J, Léandre F, Nevil P, Bertrand D, Claude MS, Bertrand J, Louissaint M, Jeannis L, Cook EF, Salazar JJ, Farmer P, Mukherjee JS. Identification of chlamydia and gonorrhoea among women in rural Haiti: maximising access to treatment in a resource poor setting. Sex Transm Infect. 2006; 82(2):175-81.
  9. 9. Shin SS, Pasechnikov AD, Gelmanova IY, Peremitin GG, Strelis AK, Mishustin S, Barnashov A, Karpeichik Y, Andreev YG, Golubchikova VT, Tonkel TP, Yanova GV, Nikiforov M, Yedilbayev A, Mukherjee JS, Furin JJ, Barry DJ, Farmer PE, Rich ML, Keshavjee S. Treatment outcomes in an integrated civilian and prison MDR-TB treatment program in Russia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2006;10(4):402-8.
  10. 10. Drobac PC, Mukherjee JS, Joseph JK, Mitnick C, Furin JJ, del Castillo H, Shin SS, Becerra MC. Community-based therapy for children with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Pediatrics. 2006;117(6):2022-9.
  11. 11. Nathanson E, Lambregts-van Weezenbeek C, Rich ML, Gupta R, Bayona J, Blöndal K, Caminero JA, Cegielski JP, Danilovits M, Espinal MA, Hollo V, Jaramillo E, Leimane V, Mitnick CD, Mukherjee JS, Nunn P, Pasechnikov A, Tupasi T, Wells C, Raviglione MC. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis management in resource-limited settings. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12(9):1389-97.
  12. 12. Mukherjee JS, Eustache E. Community health workers as a cornerstone for integrating HIV and primary healthcare. AIDS Care. 2007;19 Suppl 1:S73-82.
  13. 13. Shin SS, Pasechnikov AD, Gelmanova IY, Peremitin GG, Strelis AK, Mishustin S, Barnashov A, Karpeichik Y, Andreev YG, Golubchikova VT, Tonkel TP, Yanova GV, Yedilbayev A, Rich ML, Mukherjee JS, Furin JJ, Atwood S, Farmer PE, Keshavjee S. Adverse reactions among patients being treated for MDR-TB in Tomsk, Russia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2007;11(12):1314-1320.
  14. 14. Ivers LC, Freedberg KA, Mukherjee JS. Provider-initiated HIV testing in rural Haiti: low rate of missed opportunities for diagnosis of HIV in a primary care clinic. AIDS Res Ther. 2007;4(1):28.
  15. 15. Mitnick CD, Shin SS, Seung KJ, Rich ML, Atwood SS, Furin JJ, Fitzmaurice GM, Alcantara Viru FA, Appleton SC, Bayona JN, Bonilla CA, Chalco K, Choi S, Franke MF, Fraser HS, Guerra D, Hurtado RM, Jazayeri D, Joseph K, Llaro K, Mestanza L, Mukherjee JS, Muñoz M, Palacios E, Sanchez E, Sloutsky A, Becerra MC. Comprehensive treatment of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. N Engl J Med. 2008;359(6):563-74.
  16. 16. Keshavjee S, Gelmanova IY, Farmer PE, Mishustin SP, Strelis AK, Andreev YG, Pasechnikov AD, Atwood S, Mukherjee JS, Rich ML, Furin JJ, Nardell EA, Kim JY, Shin SS. Treatment of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in Tomsk, Russia: a retrospective cohort study. Lancet. 2008;372(9647):1403-9.
  17. 17. Ivers LC, Smith Fawzi MC, Mann J, Jerome JG, Raymonville M, Mukherjee JS. Overseas processing of dried blood spots for timely diagnosis of HIV in Haitian infants. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2008;24(5):331-335.
  18. 18. Matthews LT, Mukherjee JS. Strategies for harm reduction among HIV-affected couples who want to conceive. AIDS Behav. 2009 Jun;13 Suppl 1:5-11. Epub 2009 Apr 4.
  19. 19. Shah S, Noble VE, Umulisa I, Dushimiyimana JM, Bukhman G, Mukherjee J, Rich M, Epino H. Development of an ultrasound training curriculum in a limited resource international setting: successes and challenges of ultrasound training in rural Rwanda. Int J Emerg Med. 2008 Sep;1(3):193-6. Epub 2008 Sep 25.
  20. 20. Kangovi S, Mukherjee J, Bohmer R, Fitzmaurice G. A Classification and Meta-analysis of Community-based Directly Observed Therapy Programs for Tuberculosis Treatment in Developing Countries.
  21. J Community Health. 2009 Dec;34(6):506-13.
  22. 21. Fawzi MC, Betancourt TS, Marcelin L, Klopner M, Munir K, Muriel AC, Oswald C, Mukherjee JS. Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among Haitian immigrant students: implications for access to mental health services and educational programming. BMC Public Health. 2009 Dec 22;9:482.
  23. 22. Ivers LC, Mukherjee JS, Leandre FR, Rigodon J, Cullen KA, Furin J. South-south collaboration in scale-up of HIV care: building human capacity for care. AIDS. 2010 Jan;24 Suppl 1:S73-8.
  24. 23. Smith Fawzi MC, Eustache E, Oswald C, Surkan P, Louis E, Scanlan F, Wong R, Li M, Mukherjee J. Psychosocial functioning among HIV-affected youth and their caregivers in Haiti: implications for family-focused service provision in high HIV burden settings. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2010 Mar;24(3):147-58.
  25. 24. Surkan PJ, Mukherjee JS, Williams DR, Eustache E, Louis E, Jean-Paul T, Lambert W, Scanlan FC, Oswald CM, Fawzi MS. Perceived discrimination and stigma toward children affected by HIV/AIDS and their HIV-positive caregivers in central Haiti. AIDS Care. 2010 Jul;22(7):803-15.
  26. 25. Franke MF, Stulac SN, Rugira IH, Rich ML, Bucyibaruta JB, Drobac PC, Iyamungu G, Bryant CM, Binagwaho A, Farmer PE, Mukherjee JS. High Human Immunodeficiency Virus-free Survival of Infants Born to Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Mothers in an Integrated Program to Decrease Child Morality in Rural Rwanda. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease. 2011 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]
  27. 26. Rich M, Miller AC, Niyigena P, Franke MF, Niyonzima JB, Socci A, Drobac P, Hakizamungu M, Mayfield A, Ruhayisha R, Epino H, Stulac S, Cancedda C, Karamaga A, Niyonzima S, Yarbrough C, Fleming J, Amoroso C, Mukherjee J, Murray M, Farmer P, Binagwaho A. Excellent clinical outcomes and high retention in care among adults in a community-based HIV treatment program in rural Rwanda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Dec 9.


  1. ^ Baker, Billy. "INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERT JOIA MUKHERJEE." The Boston Globe. 2008.