Eugene Richardson

Eugene Richardson

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Eugene Richardson Photo

Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for African Studies. Richardson received his MD from Cornell University Medical College and his PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center.

Richardson previously served as the clinical lead for Partners in Health’s Ebola response in Kono District, Sierra Leone, and in 2016, was awarded a Harvard KL2 career development award to study the social epidemiology of Ebola virus infection. Since then, he was selected to be part of the Wellcome Trust Ebola Expert Working Group and has published many original research articles and commentaries in journals such as The Lancet Global Health, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and The Journal of Infectious Diseases. He was recently awarded a Burke Global Health Fellowship from the Harvard Global Health Institute and was selected to be a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. In addition, he has been invited to give talks at various fora, including at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, the Radcliffe Institute, and the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

He began attending in the Division of Infectious Diseases at BWH in July 2016 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Global and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in April 2018. During his time at BWH/HMS, he has served as the thesis chair for six HMS MMSc students, was elected to the Faculty Council of Harvard Medical School, and was selected to be the Commencement Speaker at the University of Liberia College of Science and Technology (2017).  

Richardson is currently working on a book that investigates the symbolic violence of public health discourse. The book is based on his work in epidemic response with various organizations including PIH, the World Bank, MSF, the WHO, and the CDC.