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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

James (Jim)  Lavery


Faculty, Global Health

Jim Lavery is the inaugural Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics, Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health, and Faculty of the Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Emory faculty, he was a Research Scientist and Managing Director of the Centre for Ethical, Social & Cultural Risk at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Medical Science, and Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. 

Jim received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Medical Science and Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto and held a post-doctoral fellowship in applied ethics and health policy at the Queen's University Health Policy Research Unit.  He then spent 3 years at the Fogarty International Center, and Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center Department of Clinical Bioethics, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jim was the co-principal investigator of the Ethical, Social and Cultural (ESC) Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health and Global Development programs from 2005-2015. He is currently leading the development of a global “Learning Platform” for community and stakeholder engagement to support funders and implementation partners in global health and global development, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also an Associate of the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in Geneva, and a technical advisor for its Research Fairness Initiative (RFI), and a member of the Bioethics Advisory Panel of Pfizer, Inc.

Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518-002-7BB (SPH: Global Health)

Phone: (404) 727-6949

Fax: (404) 727-4590



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  • BA 1985, University of Western Ontario
  • BSc 1989, McMaster University
  • Ph.D. 1999, University of Toronto
  • M.Sc. 1994, University of Toronto

Courses Taught

  • GH 556: Global Health Ethics

Affiliations & Activities

Faculty, Center of Ethics


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